Submitted by Capitol the Bay Relay
Let the training begin for the Capitol to Bay Relay taking place Saturday, August 6. Sanctioned as an adventure race by the United States Adventure Race Association, Capitol to Bay Relayers can participate solo, but are encouraged to complete in tandem or with a team.
The course begins in Capitol State Forest and ends in downtown Olympia totaling 37 miles of the region’s mountains, waterways and prairies. Formerly known as the Olympia Traverse, Capitol to Bay Relay began in 2010 and is now in its second year under its new name.
“Our beneficiary – PARC Foundation of Olympia – is focused on quality of life through preservation of culture and environment, so it’s only natural that the race highlights such a variety of the region’s amenities,” said Chris Potvin, race director of the Capitol to Bay Relay. “From craft beer at the finish line to the mountains, Puget Sound and charm of downtown Olympia – this race has it all.”
The five-leg relay begins with a 7.4-mile mountain biking climb through Capitol Forest followed by a 22-mile road bike adventure from the trailhead through Evergreen College campus and further south into downtown Olympia. The 3.5-mile paddle begins at Budd Inlet in the shadow of the Capitol Building before meeting the 3.4 road running course at Swantown Marina. The half mile team trek brings racers together to walk, run or skip to the finish in a quick urban trek across downtown Olympia. The race ends at Olympia Brew Fest so thirsty competitors can toast their opponents while enjoying a frosty pint and Thurston County’s passion for craft brewing.
The adventure kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at Mima Falls Trailhead in Capitol State Forest. For more information, training tips, lodging information or to register visit capitoltobayrelay.com. Make a weekend of it and enjoy 15 percent off the best available rate at the Governor Hotel. The Capitol to Bay Relay is organized as a benefit for the PARC Foundation of Thurston County, which is dedicated to preserving the vital green spaces of our natural surroundings, expanding and supporting works of art and artists in the community. For more information visit www.parcfoundation.org.
Capitol to Bay Relay’s presenting sponsor is the Squaxin Island Tribe, in addition to The City of Olympia, Nicholson & Associates Insurance, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, Three Magnets Brewing Co., Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Thurston County Chamber, South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy and the Port of Olympia.