Our Mission

Volunteer-driven sustainable management of the Ski to Sea race and other events that showcase the diverse natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities Whatcom County has to offer and the support of local nonprofit community organizations.

The Ski to Sea Race is owned and operated by Whatcom Events, which is a volunteer-operated community 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Whatcom Events also runs the Wondermud obstacle course mud run and the Tour de Whatcom bicycle event. We rely almost exclusively on our incredible team of more than 1000 volunteers to pull off these vibrant community events. We have just two employees, our full time Race Director, and our part-time Operation Manager. Everyone else associated with our organization, including the Executive Director and all of the Officers, Directors, and Race Committee members are uncompensated volunteers. Each year, we hope that our volunteer efforts and the generosity of our sponsors results in net profits that we can donate to local 501(c)(3) charitable beneficiaries. Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors, we were fortunate to be able to return a total of $45,568 to our community in 2014 and 2015 alone, in the form of donations to the following local non-profits:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County
  • Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (primary beneficiary of Tour de Whatcom)
  • Lydia Place
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington
  • American Red Cross
  • Bellingham Food Bank
  • Ferndale Food Bank
  • Foothills Food Bank
  • Lynden Project Hope Food Bank
  • Nooksack Valley Food Bank
  • Sehome High School PTSA
  • Whatcom County Search and Rescue
  • Blaine High School District
  • Ferndale Band Boosters
  • ReUse Works
  • Boy Scout Troop 4028
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church