Are you an adrenaline junkie who travels for races and events? Or maybe, a traveler who likes to explore a place and meet new people by joining in the fun of healthy competition? Look no further than Fidalgo Island, which has plenty of ways to supercharge your competitive spirit with bicycling, running and kayaking events. And, there are even few events for fun.
Here are our recommendations to inspire your Anacortes adventure.
Bike Rides and Events
If you love to bike ride, go for a spin with the Skagit Bicycle Club for their March Point Ride. The moderately paced road ride is every Monday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and around 30 miles. Nonmembers are encouraged to join the ride, and helmets are required.
Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic is the largest biking event in the area with up to 2,000 riders. The two-day ride goes through Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties with part of the route on Fidalgo Island. Meals, fully-stocked rest stops, and festivities are included in this ride of a lifetime.
Relays, Runs, and Walks
In March, the Dallas Kloke Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run takes place in Washington Park. Teams run through Washington Park campground and the paved looped road, with each leg being 2.5 miles long. Awards are presented afterward.
At the Do the Bloom ‒ Color Run participants start and finish at a former train depot. Along the 5K route, runners are “painted” with bright colors as they pass stations. By the end, each one is a mix of oranges, blues, yellows, purples, pinks, and greens. This race happens every April, is fun for all ages, and even friendly dogs.
In June, the March Point Run and Walk has plenty of ways to compete with a half marathon, 5K, 10K, half-mile kids run, and walking options. Races start and finish at the Tesoro Refinery, and includes incredible island and mountain views. Afterward, fuel up with lunch and a post-race party with awards, raffle prizes, and live music.
The Tones for Crohn’s Family Fun 5K is an event for the entire family in July. Kids can get their face painted, hula hoop, and put their own legs to the test in a kids run. There is also food, including ice cream. After the race, live music, a beer garden, and dancing.
Every August, the annual Anacortes Arts Festival fills historic downtown with over 250 artisan booths. It also brings in runners for the Art Dash Run who race along the Anacortes waterfront in a 5K, 10K or a half-marathon. At the end of the finish line is the Arts at the Port fine art show, where entrants celebrate with food, drink, and music.
If you are ready for an uphill challenge, join the Dallas Kloke Mt. Erie Road and Trail Run in October. This event takes runners up to the top of Mt. Erie, the tallest point on the island. The run has an elevation gain of 1,213 feet with the last 1.5 miles a heart-pumping 884 feet. The reward at the top – the fantastic views. Afterward, refreshments and awards are given at Mt. Erie Elementary.
Put a little jingle in your step at the Jingle Bell Dash. This December race begins with a 100-yard kid’s dash, and then the 5k and 10k begins. Entrants wear jingle bells and festive attire to help spread the merriment of the holidays along the route. Afterward, coffee and hot chocolate warms chilled fingers, and edible bounty is home baked cookies and treats.
Paddle at Deception Pass
If you are a serious paddler, kayaker or into SUP, put the Deception Pass Dash on your itinerary. This intense six-mile tidal race starts at Bowman Bay on Fidalgo Island and takes paddlers sixteen and older through the swirling currents of Deception Pass.
Open Streets Anacortes
Want to experience downtown Anacortes with your favorite mode of human-powered transportation? For one afternoon in August, downtown Anacortes is vehicle-free and fills with walkers, bikers, and skaters. The day’s festivities also include lots of comradery with music, food, and a bike ride.
Pick your favorite way to compete – foot, pedal, or paddle – and then choose Anacortes for your next island getaway.
2018 Event Dates:
Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Skagit Bicycle Club March Point Ride, meets at March Point Park & Ride at 8147 S. March Point Rd. Anacortes, WA 98221 (Canceled for inclimate weather.)
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Dallas Kloke Sunset Loop Relay Run
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Do the Bloom – Color Run, benefits cultural education.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 – March Point Run and Walk, benefits United Way of Skagit County.
TBA, July, 2018 – Tones for Crohn’s, proceeds benefit the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – Art Dash Run, benefits public art projects.
August, TBA – Anacortes Open Streets
September 8-9, 2018 – Bike MS, proceeds benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society
October, TBA – Dallas Kloke Mt. Erie Road and Trail Run
December TBA – Jingle Bell Days, proceeds benefit AAUW STEM programs for girls.
December TBA – Deception Pass Dash