Blue Sky Education Project, in conjunction with the Bellingham Sister City Association, is proud to present: The Fourth Annual Wind Horse Half Marathon Run for Education.
This race raises funds for children near Bellingham’s sister city, Tsetserleg, Mongolia, to purchase supplies needed for school attendance.
This is a low-key, no-frills, 13.1-mile race. The race begins and ends at Fairhaven Park and turns around near the Clayton Beach Parking lot.
There will be two aid stations each direction and one at the end for a total of five water stations. There will be no timing chips.
About Tsetserleg and the significance of the “Wind Horse”:
Tsetserleg, located in the central part of the Khangai mountain range, is the current provincial capital of Arkhangai province. Founded in 1586 by the first Khalkh Zaya Bandita Luvsanperenlei, Tsetserleg is an ancient cultural center of Mongolia. Estimated population is 20,000. Average altitude is 7,920 feet (2,414m) above sea level.
The Mongolian phrase for the “Wind Horse” is Xийморь (pronounced Khiimori). It refers to one’s spirit or soul. The Wind Horse is the perfect image for both the love of running and the advantage that education gives children.
Fee for this race is a $30.00 suggested donation if you register online. You can also register on the day of the race with a suggested donation of $35. We’re closing registration at 200 participants, however, so be sure and register early!
Race Day Information:
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Location: Fairhaven Park, Bellingham, WA – For directions click here.
Time: Bib pick-up and registration starts at 7:30am. Race begins at 8:30am
Finish: We have awesome medals, and winners will be awarded a Mongolian khadag. You’ll have to finish to find out what that is!
If you’d like to volunteer, send an email to our coordinator Christine.
“Parking: Please carpool or have someone drop you off on race day if possible. Parking is very limited.”