Participants and Race
The Jr. Ski to Sea Race is a team relay race open to all persons between ages 8 – 18 years. The relay consists of downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, biking, and kayaking. A team MUST consist of one person for each leg of the race.
The race will take place in two locations: the Mt. Baker Ski Area and Lake Padden. The Skier or Snowboarder will check in at the Heather Meadows Base Area while the rest of the team members will be meeting at Lake Padden. The first leg on the mountain will have a virtual handoff to the remaining three legs at Lake Padden. The Timing Chip/Wristband at Lake Padden must be passed between teammates at each leg exchange of the race. All participants must wear a bib designating the team number with the number clearly visible.
Registration and Fees
Team Captains (in most cases a parent/guardian) are the first to register so that a TEAM NAME can be created. At this time, they will select a division and create a team name. Once the Team is paid in full, your Team Captain will create your TEAM by inviting individual racers (using racers or parents’ email) to the team using the Online Registration system. Team Captains are able to make changes to team name or division until April 15th. Prior to race day the team captain and all team members must acknowledge the hold-harmless release forms online. All racers under 18 years of age by race day MUST have the consent via signature of their parent or legal guardian on the form. All registration is online.
Before March 15
Early Bird – $140
After March 15
Regular – $160
Early bird deadline ends March 15, at 11:59 pm. After this time, the entry fee will increase $20 per team. Registration closes at 5:00 pm the Wednesday before the Race.
Substitutions must be made online before registration closes by the team captain ONLY. Any substitutions made after registration closes, must be handled directly by contacting Whatcom Events. It is the sole responsibility of the team captain to ensure that the correct names are submitted online.
No refunds will be given for any reason once a team is paid. The Message Board is an excellent resource to find racers to complete your team if you have a cancellation.
It is important for all racers to show their bib numbers when crossing the exchange areas. In the event that the race needs to be stopped before the finish of the final leg (due to many reasons including weather and/or other safety related issues) the following guidelines will be used: The last leg of the race where three (3) teams in a division have recorded a finish time as of the time of the stoppage of the race, will be the official finish of the race for that division with regards to teams receiving podium awards.
1. Each team will be assigned two timing chips that you collect at Packet Pickup with your team bag. These chips are associated with your team bib number and cannot be switched with any other chip. One chip will be for the Downhill Ski/Snowboard leg, the second timing chip is for the start/running leg taking place at Lake Padden and are to be treated as if it were a baton, by being passed from one team member to the next during the event. NO CHIP—NO TIME.
2. A Chip Timing test will be made during Race Packet pickup.
3. Each racer should secure the chip on their being (preferred method is on your wrist) in a way where it will not be lost. Team Members are responsible for securing the chip in a manner suitable for their leg of the race.
4.Once a team member at Lake Padden finishes their leg of the race, there will be a finish line and a chip timing trigger area clearly marked. As you cross the finish line of your leg you should have the chip in your open hand, ready to pass to your next TEAM MEMBER. The chip sensors will be set up so that participants will be able to proceed through the timing gate normally. It is your responsibility to make sure your chip is recorded and passed off to your Next Leg Team Member.
5. The Downhill Ski/Snowboard racer AND the Kayak racer must return their timing chip after they cross their finish lines. There will be volunteers to collect the timing chips.
6. The timing chip is the responsibility of the team. A team will be disqualified if it does not finish the race with its team Timing Chip/Wristband. Unfortunately, teams that lose or forget their timing chips are ineligible for winning Awards.
Race Divisions & Rules
As a team captain, when you register you select which Division & Subdivision you will compete in. All three divisions (Elementary/Middle School/High School) have sub-divisions based on gender. We rely on The Honor System and ask Team Captains to make sure their entire team is in compliance with the chosen division.
We want to extend the opportunity to all participants to choose which grade level they will want to compete on based on skill level (for example, if you have a 5th grader who has kayaked since a very young age and would like to compete at the middle school level, they are more than welcome to do so).
1. Elementary (3rd grade – 5th grade) at 9am
2. Middle School (6th grade – 8th grade) at 12pm
3. High School (9th grade – 12th grade) at 12pm
The Sub-divisions will be:
Male– All male team
Female– All female team
Mixed– (combination of any gender)
*racers identifying as non-binary, may join the subdivision of their choice
Conduct and Consent
The Committee reserves the right to disqualify any team who does not abide by established race rules or whose equipment is deemed to be unsafe for the event in which the person is entered. A team may also be disqualified if any team participant, parent or affiliate displays unsportsmanlike conduct.
All racers, parents and/or guardians grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, video, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose and understand that their name will be listed in the results page of the website.
Can a parent race with their child?
A: Only on the running leg can a parent race with their child
What kind of watercraft can the racers use?
A: Solo Kayaks only, no canoes.
What do I need to do to for my child to compete at a higher level?
A: Use the Message Board (Link: https://jrskitoseateamfinder.freeforums.net/) to find a team competing in your desired level.
How can I find a team for my child?
A: The Message Board (Link: https://jrskitoseateamfinder.freeforums.net/) allows you to post a message for your child wanting to race or search for teams looking for a racer.
How can I get the latest news about the race?
A: Our Facebook (link: https://www.facebook.com/JrSkitoSea/) & Instagram (link: https://www.instagram.com/jrskitosea/) pages keep you up to date on breaking news and allows you to communicate with other racers. We also send out regular newsletter with important race information.
What happens if a racer discovers that they cannot race a day or two before race day?
A: The Team Captain is responsible for obtaining a replacement racer. The Replacement Racer parent or guardian MUST also sign the Hold Harmless Form before race day or on-site at the Race Day Meeting held for that particular leg of the race.
Team race packets MUST be picked up on Friday May 12th between 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Please contact us if your organization would like to be a Sponsor of the Ski to Sea Race. We can help to grow your business around this event that serves as the unofficial kickoff to summer! Our Sponsors are the key to putting on this amazing volunteer-based event and our goal is to provide you with the most exposure and reach possible with the Ski to Sea community. This is an excellent opportunity for your organization to increase its visibility by joining us in our mission to promote outdoor recreation while supporting local charitable non-profits. Your sponsorship participation positively impacts our local community and businesses. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Ski to Sea office at 360-746-8861 for more information.
The top three teams in each category will receive a ribbon at the Award Ceremony at the culmination of the race. Winning teams will be announced at both Mt. Baker and Lake Padden.
Results will be posted after the race.
By volunteering, you join in making the Jr Ski to Sea Race fun and safe. All volunteers receive a Ski to Sea beanies and a snack on race day.
All volunteers must accept our Hold Harmless Agreement in the volunteer form below. All volunteers must be 15 years of age on Race Day. Minors must print and have a parent sign the waiver while those over 18 can sign via e-signature.