Fun in store for athletes – and beer drinkers, too

Registration is now open for Olympia’s Aug. 6 Capitol to Bay Relay – a team (or solo) challenge totaling 37 miles through Capitol State Forest and downtown Olympia.

It’s all for a good cause – the race is organized as a benefit for Thurston County’s Parks Arts Recreation and Culture Foundation, which supports the community’s green areas, arts programs, culture, and recreational opportunities.

This event is a five-leg relay with many sights to see.

It starts with a 7.4-mile mountain biking climb through the scenic Capitol Forest. Then, competitors will embark on a 22-mile road bike trip through the beautiful campus of The Evergreen State College. Racers then take to the water and paddle 3.4 miles from Budd Inlet to Swantown Marina. Finally, the race ends with a quick half-mile street trek through downtown Olympia.

To top it all off, a good chance to celebrate awaits racers at the finish line, since the relay ends at the Olympia Brew Fest – the perfect place to enjoy all Thurston County’s craft brewing has to offer.

“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,” race director Chris Potvin said in a press release.

“From craft beer at the finish line to the mountains, Puget Sound, and charm of downtown Olympia – this race has it all.”

The relay’s presenting sponsor, among others, is the Squaxin Island Tribe.

Click here to register or read more about this event.

is a staff writer at South Sound magazine.
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