The Bellingham Sister Cities Association has expanded our Marathon Exchange Program to the shores of Port Stephens, Australia. 5 runners are arriving there in advance of the July 22 running of the Hunter Valley Marathon.
Program Director Holly Graham, an alum of the Wakashio Marathon in Tateyama, Japan, is excited the program is expanding and more Bellingham area runners are becoming Citizen Diplomats to make friends around the world. Originally a Tateyama-Bellingham exchange, Port Stephens is now in the mix and runners are cris-crossing our sister cities at a dizzying rate. Runners from Port Stephens (4) and Tateyama (2) will be arriving in Bellingham for the Bellingham Bay Marathon on the last Sunday of September before Bellinghamsters head to Tateyama again in January 2019. The Aussies will be in Tateyama as well.