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					                                                         Rate your experience in the Ski to
What was your role in the Ski to Sea Festival? (check as Sea BIG Race held on Sunday, May       What was your favorite part of the Ski to Sea
many that apply)                                         24th                                   Race?

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                                                  4 the race


                                                                                                1. The event. 2. The festivities in Fairhaven after
                                                                                                my leg 3. Watching the kayakers ring the bell at
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!                          the end.
                                                                                                1st 7.5 miles of the running leg, standing in the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!                          river, and the ride down.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                                                  4 3 events at MB Ski Area
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!                          actually getting to canoe.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            1-Needs much improvement                After I was done




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                                                  2 after the race

                                                                                                All good - watching the exchanges is great -
                                                                                                energetic, colorful anouncing at the exchanges is
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!                          helpful in maintaining a festive spirit


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                 5-Outstanding!                          ALL of IT!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!                          All of it!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Volunteer   5-Outstanding!     all of it.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 All of it....




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             All the hoopla surrounding the event


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             All the racers were super nice!
                                                             All the support from the community whether it
                                                             was sideliners cheering me on and offering water
                                                             or the volunteers who made the race go off
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     smoothly


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 All was good

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Always the finish line


                                                             Amazing energy of all participants, being a
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 competitive yet very friendly event.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 An excuse to travel to Bellingham




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 An excuse to travel to Bellingham
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             anticipation




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Applying myself to a personal challenge.
                                                             As a first time participant I enjoyed getting to see
                                                             a part of the state I have never experienced
                                                             before, including my running leg. That is one of
                                                             the most beautiful 8 mile stretches I have ever
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     run!
                                                             As a kayaker, I found that the number of
                                                             spectators at boulevard park and marine park
                                                             was impressive. Great to have them cheering
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     people on.
                                                             As a volunteer...I admired the organization of the
Volunteer                                 5-Outstanding!     event. Marvelous
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 As the mountain biker it was the new course.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Atmosphere


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     atmosphere




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 atmosphere/teamwork




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 atmosphere/teamwork

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Beautiful Cycling Course




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Begin together with my teammates

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 being a participant
                                                  Being able to better enjoy the festivities knowing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     I had competed.

                                                  Being able to compete with co-workers. It was a
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 great team building experience.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Being around the people
                                                  being at the mountain and seeing three
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     exchanges.




                                                  being atop mount baker in the beautiful morning
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    2 weather and the afterparty in fairhaven

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     being done with it

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 being done!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Being done.


                                                             Being in the actual race, and having a the crowd
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     cheering.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               2 Being in the race itself


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Being in the water




                                                             Being involved in such a huge race! The canoe
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 course was great.

                                                             Being let down the mountain early after skiing so
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     we could watch the rest of our team.
                                                             Being on the mountain at 7:00am. OH, and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     finishing.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 being on the mountain at the the start of the race
                                                  Being part of a community event with so many
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     people.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good             Being part of such a large race.


                                                  Being part of the Bellingham community and the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     parties with friends.

                                                  Being the runner, it was really nice to have my
                                                  skiers pick me up soon after I finished so I could
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 still see some of the other transitions




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Being together as a team at the end.
                                                             being together as a team at the finish line! it was
                                                             nice that our mountain team was able to get
                                                             down earlier. the volunteers at the end of the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     canoe leg were amazing - THANKS!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Being up at Baker on a beautiful day!

                                                             Being up at the mountain and seeing three of the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                    4 legs at one place and the festival in Fairhaven.




                                                             Being up in the bowl with the snow and starting
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     my run




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Being up on the mountain


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Being up on the mountain in the snow!!

                                                             Being up on the mtn. to race then the rush to see
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                    4 the finish.

                                                             Being with like minded people, and racing of
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Volunteer   5-Outstanding!     course...

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             being with my team; the beautiful mountain

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             being with my team; the beautiful mountain

                                                             Besides racing in the canoe leg, I really enjoy
                                                             watching the kayakers come in to the finish. Oh
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     yeah, and the weather was great!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     bike leg!
                                                  Both front-end exchange and finish line (in my
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     case - kayak)

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Camaraderie
                                                  camaraderie while waiting, competing in the
                                                  kayaking and ringing the bell, I love that it
                                                  includes all levels, and that I cut 1/2 hour off my
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     time this year.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 canoe




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Canoe Leg


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Canoe Leg




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     canoe leg
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     canoe leg
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     canoe leg




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Canoe leg was fantastic
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Canoe... but that was the only leg I did.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Canoe-because that was my leg of the race.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     canoeing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Canoeing

                                                             Canoeing and hanging out watching the fast
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     racers set off before we got to go.
                                                             Celebrating our hard work with the team in
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Marine Park




                                                             chatting with people before the race and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     competing

                                                             Cheering on my teammates and getting together
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     before and after the race
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               5-Outstanding!    Coming in the top 3 overall :o)


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Junior Parade Participant,                      Commaradarie of other racers, community
Spectator                                                                   4 members.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               5-Outstanding!    Community involvement


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               5-Outstanding!    Community spirit and friendly competition.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                                4 competing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                                4 competing




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                                4 Competing




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                                4 Competing in my event

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               5-Outstanding!    Competing with a bunch of old freinds.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               5-Outstanding!    competing!
                                                           Competing, the beautiful road bike course, the
                                                           church ladies with all those cookies before the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!   road bike started


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!   Competing.




                                                           conditions, weather, but as always, the race was
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!   organized almost flawlessly.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!   cross country leg and festival down town




                                                           cross-country ski leg. The coarse was excellent
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!   and volunteers did a super job. Thanks!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     crossing the finish line
                                                             crossing the finish line at my race leg and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 someone hands me water.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Cycling

                                                             Definitely the hand-offs... I wish the canoe-to-
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     mnt bike handoff was more visible!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Did the canoe. Being on the river racing.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Didn't get to see it all so I don't know




                                                             Didn't see it. I only watched the Junior Race,
Spectator                                                    because my son was in it.




                                                             Dinner the night before, planning the whole
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     thing, swapping car keys etc.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Diversity of racers.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             doing it
                                                             Doing the kayak for the first time, and the
                                                             incredible scenery up top when I caught the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     beginning of the race
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Downhill
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Junior Race Participant,
Spectator                                                3-Good             Downhill Skiing


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Drinking beer in the sun

                                                                            Drinking heavily and convincing myself that next
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                                   2 year y'all will change the running course.




Spectator                                                                 4 Driving support car and following the team(s)

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Eating after the race

                                                                            Everyone having fun and the festive concept vs
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     the competative concept




                                                                            everything - especially the weather and the finish
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     line
                                                                            Expereirncing the entire day with my friends and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     teammates
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 extended mtn bike leg,more trails less road


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Volunteer                  3-Good             fairhaven after the race
                                                             Feeling like I was going to throw up for 3 days
                                                             prior to the event then feeling fantastic during &
                                                             afterward. First year racing, and also happened to
                                                             get nominated to captain the team, I was really
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     nervous.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Feeling successful first try on the river
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             Finish


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             Finish
Volunteer                                 5-Outstanding!     finish line
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Finish line of my leg


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 finishing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 finishing


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             Finishing


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             finishing




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             Finishing




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     finishing

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     Finishing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   finishing




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   finishing

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   finishing and ringing the bells




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   Finishing my "Downhill" leg of the race.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   Finishing my first race ever.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   Finishing my leg




                                                Finishing my leg early and being able to watch
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   some of the other legs.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   Finishing my leg!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Finishing my leg!




                                                                            Finishing the AWESOME mountain bike leg and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     getting a plaque!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Grand Parade Participant   5-Outstanding!     finishing the bike leg




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             3-Good             Finishing the long hike for the downhill.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 Finishing the mountain bike course alive.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Finishing the run! The start at Baker was a blast.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 finishing!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     finishing!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                    4 Finishing.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Finishing.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Finishing. Great time, well run.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     following my teamates throughout each leg.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     friendships, competition, weather

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 getting done with my leg
                                                             Getting to do it!!! My husband/teammate did
                                                             the canoe and kayak legs and being able to drop
                                                             of the boats the night before was GREAT- thank
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     you scouts

                                                             Getting to talk with other racers/spectators...the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     feeling of community

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     getting together with family




                                                             Good communication of placings online through
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 use of chips

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     good people, great competition, well organized

                                                             Great job with the communicaton on the website
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     this year. Updates and info were well done.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                         5-Outstanding!     Great weather that day! Awesome volunteers.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                          4 great weather this year!


Junior Race Participant, Junior Parade Participant   5-Outstanding!     hand-offs
                                                                        hangin out with friends, competition, the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                          4 weather

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                          4 hanging out with friends at the finish line




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                         5-Outstanding!     hanging out with my team and racing
                                                                        Hanging out with other Ski-To-Seaers after my
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                         5-Outstanding!     leg.

                                                                        having a close finish in the high school devision
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                         5-Outstanding!     this makes it exciting
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    Having enough teams for everyone to compete.

                                                 hearing that our road biker was 2 miles out!!!
                                                 time to hit the water! and the rest of the race too
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    ;)

Volunteer                      5-Outstanding!    Helping in the transition of runners to bikers

                                                 How awesome all the volunteers are who make
                                                 this possible. So many, from all the folks doing
                                                 logistics and planning, to website development,
                                                 to staffing the course on race day and cleaning
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    up! A massive task, and amazingly well done!




                                                  how organized it was. the amount of people who
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 participaed.




                                                  how organized it was. the amount of people who
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 participaed.
                                                  How the teams are friendly and work together.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Lots of encouragement!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 How well organized it is


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Huge community involvement and excitement
                                                  I appreciate that the cross-country ski leg is
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     groomed for practicing.

                                                  I did the kayak leg. Aside from the problems with
                                                  the sound system, things went quite well for me.
                                                  The relaxed atmosphere before and after my leg
                                                  helped considerably while I was actually onthe
                                                  course. I was able to talk with others and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 compare notes about the course.


                                                  I did the run. It was very well organized at the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 beginning and end of my leg.
                                                                           I did the X-country leg and I liked it. (it seemed a
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!     little shorter this year which was welcomed)

                                                                           I downhill skied. Great course (as always), and it
                                                                           was nice starting earlier so the snow was still
                                                                           crusty. My favorite part was being able to drive
                                                                           down the mountain at 9:30am! What an
                                                                           improvement over last year. I hope the runners
                                                                           didn't mind or complain too much. It was
                                                                           awesome to get to cheer for our road biker, and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!     to see the road bike - canoe transition.
                                                                           I enjoy hanging out at Everson around all of the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                             4 canoes




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!     I enjoyed the camaraderie of the staging zone.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!     I enjoyed the entire event


                                                                           I liked the mountain scene: the pre-race
                                                                           excitement, my own x-country leg, and hanging
                                                                           out on the mountain with teammates and fellow
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                            5-Outstanding!     racers after the legs.

                                                                           I love being part of a team and having a reason
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                             4 for friends to get togther that may live far away.

                                                                           I love being part of a team and having a reason
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                             4 for friends to get togther that may live far away.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Junior Race Participant   5-Outstanding!     I love it all!
                                                             I love the coming together of athletes of all
                                                             abilities, competing in one race. I also love how
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     everyone comes together at the end in Fairhaven.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             I loved the cheering and the water peeps!
                                                             I raced the mtn. bike leg for the 11th year.I like
                                                             the new course Thank You to all the people that
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     made that happen


                                                             I really appreciated the help at the end of the
                                                             canoe leg with getting my canoe out of the finish
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 area. Good idea.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     I really loved the whole thing.




                                                             I think Mt Baker Ski area did a great job preparing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 the course.
                                                             I was volunteering at the canoe start...I enjoyed
                                                             the job I had (watching to be sure that everyone
Volunteer                                 5-Outstanding!     cleared the bouy).
                                                  I'm just happy that I finished my leg with such a
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     great time!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 improved mtb course
Volunteer                                       4 Individual race venues




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 It all end in "Fairhaven" festivities




                                                  It was a lot of fun competing with the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 competetive group to see how well we did.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     It was all great. Really enjoyed first few legs.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 It was all really well organized!
                                                  It was really well organized and there were plenty
                                                  of volunteers to answer questions. This allowed
                                                  my team to focus on the race and on having a
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     good time.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good             It was very organized, and exciting!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          5-Outstanding!     it's all fun

                                                                         It's getting more aware of its own carbon
                                                                         footprint--let's be a leader in this regard and
                                                                         continue the important work of looking for ways
                                                                         to go more green (Food Plus Recycling, etc). I also
                                                                         like that there are not tandem options like many
                                                                         of the other races in our region--it's nice to
                                                                         compare competitors' split results straight across
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          5-Outstanding!     (apples to apples).


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          5-Outstanding!     Joining family and friends in the race!
Grand Parade Participant, Junior Race Participant,
Spectator                                                                Jr. ski to sea




Junior Race Participant, Junior Parade Participant,
Spectator                                                              4 Junior race




                                                                         Just being a part of the event and passing people
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          5-Outstanding!     who are younger or have better equipment.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Volunteer   5-Outstanding!   Just being in it!

                                                           Just being part of a team, watching everybody
                                                           finish their respective legs totally wiped out,
                                                           happily passing the timing chip to the next fresh
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!   face, all of that was fun.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!   Just being part of the race, it is run so well.
                                                  just helping out and seeing the community come
Volunteer                                       4 together.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    Kayak


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good            Kayak leg




                                                  kayak leg. My leg. you don't get much chance to
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 experience the other parts.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Kayaking

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good            Location, weather, different events

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    Love the energy!!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    loved it all


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Meeting new people
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Meeting new people




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    Meeting with friends at "It All Ends in Fairhaven!"
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     MEL, just a test

                                                                            Mingling with the other racers, fans, and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     volunteers.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Junior Race Participant,
Junior Parade Participant, Spectator                                      4 Mountain bike leg


Volunteer                                                5-Outstanding!     Mountain bike leg, where I volunteered.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     mt bike




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Mt. Bike course.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 mtn bike leg-obviously!




                                                                            My canoe leg was so much fun. The crowds were
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     great and the sun was out.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             3-Good             my event


                                                                            my event but the dinner afterwards and hearing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             3-Good             stories.


                                                                            my event but the dinner afterwards and hearing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             3-Good             stories.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     My event, cross country
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     my event. the uphill run/downhill ski


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 My leg

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     my leg -- the cross country leg

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     my leg -- the cross country leg




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 My leg fo the race

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good             my leg of it!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 My leg of the race


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 My leg of the race




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 My leg of the race (mountain bike)!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     My leg of the race.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 my leg the run?!!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 My leg, the road bike course
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 my leg, xc

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     My leg..kayak

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Grand Parade Participant   5-Outstanding!     My mtn. bike leg.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     my part-the canoing!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             3-Good             My run off the mountain.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     New chip timing texts worked great




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 new mountain bike course




                                                                            New mountain bike course was much better.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Thanks for the great weather too!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     New mountain bike course!
                                                New mountain bike course!!!! I thought this year
                                                there was a HUGE improvement in EVERY leg that
                                                I was able to see and hear about from others in
                                                terms of organization and recruitment of
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   volunteers.
                                                New mountain bike course, overall level of
                                                organization, courtesy of volunteer and
Volunteer                      5-Outstanding!   organizers

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   new mountain bike leg


                                                Organization of legs is good, weather was
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   fantastic!




                                                Overall excitement, lots of people involved,
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   competitive but also comraderie


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   overall experience
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     overall experience with team

                                                             Overall it was very well organized. I loved every
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     minute of it.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Overall organization was great, course was fun.

                                                             Paddling from the finish to the start of the kayak
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               2 leg.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     participating




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Participating and hanging out w/ team members.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     participating as a family
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     participating canoe leg




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Participating in it
                                                                            Participating in the race. Hanging out in Fairhaven
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Grand Parade Participant   5-Outstanding!     afterwards.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     participating!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             3-Good             participation


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 Party at the finish line of course!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 Party at the finish line of course!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     Passing 27 canoes on the river.
                                                             People, all types, enjoying themselves, being
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               2 competitave but not mean spirited.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Performing well for my team.




                                                             Probably being part of a team. It is an event that
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 builds community in so many ways.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Racing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                    4 racing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 racing


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 racing


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 racing


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     racing

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Racing and being up at Mount Baker!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good             racing in it




                                                  Racing in my leg (canoe), the preparation with my
                                                  team, the team & friends picnic the day after the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 race.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Racing in nice weather




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Racing in the WC Ski event.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Racing my leg of the race.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Racing my leg!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 racing my leg.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     racing of course!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good             Racing the other teams
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             Racing the other teams

                                                             racing the road bike leg course is my favorite
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                    4 part. It All Ends... is second favorite


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     racing!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     racing!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Racing!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     racing! and following my team.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Racing! It was my first time.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Racing, of course!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     racing, the weather, and the environment




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               2 Racing.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Racing.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     Racing. The actual on-course experience.
                                                  relaxing outside in the mountains with new
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     friends

                                                  Riding down Mt Baker and having the road to
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     myself (cos I was passed by everybody else)

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Riding the bike leg

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     ringing the bell

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Ringing the bell after finishing my kayaking leg

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Ringing the bell!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Ringing the Bell!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     river conditions were great
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     river conditions were great
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     River was amazing
                                                  running the down hill leg and being with my team
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     mates
                                                  seeing a bunch of canoes around me in the river
                                                  and finally (18 years in the making) getting to
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 participate.




                                                  Seeing all the race photos at the finish line again
Spectator                                       4 this year.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 seeing my cyclist come in (to hand off)
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              4 Seeing my husband complete the mountain bike.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!              Seeing the finish, man how cool is this race!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   1-Needs much improvement    sharing the road with other cyclists.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!              Skiing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!              Skiing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!    Spending time with friends.
                                                            Starting the race earlier. Being let off the
                                                            mountain earlier and not stuck for hours after
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!    racing.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!    Sun and no cancellations of the canoe or kayak.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!    sun and snow!!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Sunnny weather




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Sunny Mt Baker
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Supporting fellow team mates along the way.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     talking with other racers
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Team and Community
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Team Bonding!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 team cameraderie

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Team comradarie. Competition.

                                                  Team finishing at end. Because of the changes
                                                  coming down the mountain, doing the canoe, etc.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     it was much easier to get everyone to the finish.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 Team Interaction
                                                  Team Spirit, Weather, Professionalism of the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     event staff, Organization of all.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     teamwork




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 That I finished the bike leg of the race.
                                                  That the river wasn't too high...and having our
                                                  team do well...of course also the wonderful
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 volunteers along the way!

                                                  That the whole town seemed to be celebrating an
                                                  athletic event is kind of unique. I loved all the
                                                  different people who were involved with the
                                                  event. Also i loved skiing behind the kid in a
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 speedo and suspenders.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The 8th leg [the party w/the team afterwards].




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The after party!


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The afterparty.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The amazing community support!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The ambiance on race day. Electric
                                                            The amount of community involvement and
                                                            support it has. It seems like everyone is there
                                                            and enthusiastic - the whole town gets into it and
                                                            all the racers are well-supported and respected.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!    It's great.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 the atmosphere


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!    The atmosphere


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!    The atmosphere at Marine Park.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 The atmosphere.
                                                             The Beer Garden and the end of the canoe with
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     everyone on the river banks.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!    The bike leg




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!    The bike race (my leg)
                                                 the bike route, beautiful scenery and great road
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good            surface


                                                 The buzz at the staging area of my event, and the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    festive atmoshpere in Fairhaven @ the finish.
                                                 the camaraderie felt not only with my own team,
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    but with all the other participants.

                                                 The canoe leg, of course- particularly the first few
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    miles. Swifter current, more chutes.




                                                 the caravaning to drop off, pick up, and cheer the
                                                 members of your tema on the different legs of
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    the race.
                                                 The commaradare among our team, and the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    jovial spirits of all who were there.




                                                 the community event aspect; opportunity for all
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    levels of ability to participate for fun.


                                                 The comraderie up on top; pre- and post-race
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    attitudes were great!




                                                 The comraderie, and the overall spirit of
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    everyone involved with the race.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 the comradery
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The conditions were fantastic!


                                                  The consistently well executed organization by
                                                  ALL involved at the Chamber and the race
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     organizers...including the MANY volunteers.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     the crazyness


                                                  the different events and the attitude of the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 participants

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good             The downhill ski leg that I participated in




                                                  the early release of vehicles from mt. baker.
                                                  sharing the road with runners makes logistics
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     much easier!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The end.
Volunteer                                       4 the energy of the crowds/participants




                                                  The energy! Camaraderie within my team. The
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     suspenseful atmosphere.
                                                             The enthusiasm of all the participants and
Spectator                                                  4 community members involved.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The entire atmosphere!
                                                             The entire experience was a lot of fun, but my
                                                             favorite part was getting a chance to compete as
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     the runner.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The excitement of the racers and spectators.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The excitment


                                                             The excitment of the whole town around this one
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     race!
                                                             The fact that any team at any level can
                                                             participate and everyone gives it their all and has
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good             a great time.


                                                             the fact that I was a part of Bellingham's biggest
                                                             part, and that we kicked ass, even though not a
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     single member of our team had done it before


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The fans around the river!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The fantastic organization and friendly people.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The festival at the finish line and my team!


                                                             The festival atmosphere at Hovander Park and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     the finish


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     The festival is always AWESOME.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The finish
Grand Parade Participant                  5-Outstanding!     the finish




                                                             the finish in fairhaven with the accompanied
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     street fair

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The finish in the park was great, good crowd too.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 The finish line




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The finish line


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     the finish line

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     the finish line :)
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The finish line of the Mt. Bike leg
                                                  The finish line was a good set up. Good
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     organization overall.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The finish line!
                                                  The finish line. Kidding. It was fun all through out
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 the race.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The finish of my leg of the race.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     the finish, the weather




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The fun time with friends.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The fun/competitive atmosphere.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The general competitive but fun vibe
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The great ski conditions




                                                             The happy and helpfull volunteers and officials
                                                             who were out in force helping keep the new
                                                             Mountain Bike leg car-free and safe from outside
                                                             hazards. I also liked the online reports of race
                                                             progress. My wife was in Texas and was able to
                                                             "watch" our progress from there and let us know
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     how we were doing.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 The Kayak leg
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     the kayak leg.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     The local fervor




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     the mountain bike course was pretty fun.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 The Mountain Bike leg (Which I did!)
                                 The Mountain Bike Ride! (that was my leg and it
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   4 was fantastic!)
                                 The mountain bikers who said "thank you" as I
                                 waved them into the tight turn at harbor
Volunteer                      4 entrance.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   4 The mountain events.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   4 The multiple handoffs at the mountain.


Spectator, Volunteer           4 The music and dancing. :)
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The new Mountain Bike course




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The new Mountain Bike course

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    The new Mountain Bike course


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    The new mountain bike course
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              3-Good                       The new mountain bike course.
                                                                       the new Mt. bike course was great though at first
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!               look intimadating




                                                                       The new mtb course, it was way better than
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Volunteer   3-Good                       previous years.




                                                                       The nice weather and seeing all of the people at
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              1-Needs much improvement     the race.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                         4 The only part that I did, the mountain bike.
                                                  The parade and the get-together at the end of
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 the race.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The parade!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The participants

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     the people involved
                                                  The people with whom I worked at the finish lane
                                                  were cordial and professional. Plus, the weather
Volunteer                      5-Outstanding!     was flawless.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The post-race party.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The quantity of people racing.




Spectator                      5-Outstanding!     the race
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race and the fans




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race and the fans


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The race experience

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The race finish at the park.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 the race itself and the team comradory

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race itself and watching the transition areas.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race itself, the handoff areas.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The race itself.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race itself.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race itself. I had the time of my life.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race itself. It was exhilarating!!

                                                  the race itself. Overall it was a great experience
                                                  and a well run event. Nice job! The rest of my
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 comments might be nit-picky.
                                                  The race was great! It was fun to see our team
Volunteer                                       4 working together.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     the race!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The race.
                                                  The railroad track section of the mountain bike.
                                                  The girl in front of me, the guy behind and myself
                                                  ended up laughing half of the way from all the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     bouncing.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The railroad tracks on the mtn bike course




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     the river
                                                  The river level. Make sure that happens every
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     year;)

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good             The route (downhill run)




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     The run and then the finish line in Bellingham.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The same day pictures was impressive.


                                                             The scene at the mountain, with all 1300 racers
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     from the first three legs ready to start.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 The scenery along my run.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The smiles on the other racers' faces.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 the spectacle that it is.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     The Start
                                                             The start. Both skis and the runners all
                                                             congregated in one area, an incredible start to
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     the day.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The sunshine!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The team atmosphere


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 the team comradeship and community spirit

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The teamwork required to complete the race.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     The variety of people.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 the views
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Grand Parade Participant   3-Good             the volunteers always make this a great event




                                                                            The volunteers on the Running leg cheering us on
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 and providing water. Thanks!
                                                                            The volunteers were great. I am so grateful for
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     their annual contributions.




                                                                            The way it brings people together and the
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 community feel.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                              4 the weather
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     the weather

Volunteer                                                5-Outstanding!     the weather

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     the weather
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     the weather

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                             5-Outstanding!     the weather & skiing
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 the weather and being part of a team

                                                  the weather and starting the x-country ski early
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 which kept the course in better coniditon (colder)




                                                  The weather and the run. It was absolutely
                                                  beautiful on the way down and the scenery sure
                                                  took away from the pain in my legs!!! The
                                                  volunteers were also very motivating, very cool
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 folks on their Harleys.
                                                  The weather conditions - spectacular day!
                                                  Volunteers were helpful, parking no problem at
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Hovander park.
                                                  The weather conditions - spectacular day!
                                                  Volunteers were helpful, parking no problem at
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     Hovander park.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The weather this year!


                                                  The weather was fantastic and the crowds were
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!     big!


                                                  The weather was great this year! And everyone
                                                  seemed to have a lot of fun. Photos at the finish
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 line are GREAT!!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good            The weather was great this year.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The weather!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 The weather!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    The weather!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    The weather!
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     The WEATHER! I just love the race.

                                                                             The Weather! If I can't use that then I would say
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                   5-Outstanding!     that Fairhaven was better then previous years


                                                                             The weather! No, it was watching the finish line
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                               4 activities.
                                                                             The WEATHER!! and it did seem that traffic
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Junior Parade Participant   5-Outstanding!     moved a bit faster down the mountain.




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     The weather!!!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     the weather!!!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     the weather!!!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     the weather, the organization

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                   5-Outstanding!     The weather.




                                                                             The weather. Please order sunny weather again
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                   5-Outstanding!     for next year!!
                                                                           the weather. the cookies. the available
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!   sunscreen.

                                                                           The whole community coming together to put
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!   this race on from Mt. Baker to Fairhaven




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!   The whole day was outstanding
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!   the whole race

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Grand Parade Participant,
Golf Tournament Participant, Junior Race Participant,
Junior Parade Participant, Spectator, Volunteer           5-Outstanding!   The whole thing!

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!   The XC leg!


                                                                           This is a fabulous race - and I am really happy
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!   with it - exceptions are below.


                                                                           This is my second year racing the mountain bike
                                                                           leg, the course this year was much more what I
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!   would expect a mountain bike course to be like!
                                                 This was my first race, and I was impresed with
                                                 how well such a big event was run. Kudos to
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    everyone who helped.

                                                 This year the great weather and conditions were
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    the highlight

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    Tie between the start of the race and the finish.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    Timing chips working

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!    visiting before and after the racing.

                                                  Volunteer support and the weather. Also the
                                                  traffic coming down the mountain was less
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                    4 intrusive to the road bike portion. Thanks.
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Watching and participating!
                                                             Watching my husband come down the Nooksack
Spectator                                                  4 at the Hannegan Bridge.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     watching my team! and the after party!
Spectator                                 5-Outstanding!     Watching our team memebers


                                                             watching the canoers come in while I waited to
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 begin the Mt. Bike leg


                                                             Watching the cayak race and getting to be right
Volunteer                                                  4 spack dab uo front!
                                                             Watching the first competitors get into their
Volunteer                                                  4 kayaks
                                                             Watching the first competitors get into their
Volunteer                                                  4 kayaks

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator   5-Outstanding!     Watching the racers

                                                             Watching the start of the race and all the cross-
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race              5-Outstanding!     country skiers.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4 Watching the transitions
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Junior Parade Participant                    4 watching various relay hand offs




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     We all had a blast.

                                                                             We just had a great time getting the family
                                                                             together and doing the event. The number of
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                               4 volunteers this takes is amazing. Great job!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              3-Good             weather
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     weather
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     weather


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     Weather and Skiing in May!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Spectator                   5-Outstanding!     Weather was great for the canoe leg.




                                                                             weather, camaraderie, course, Bellingham and
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                               4 Whatcom County
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     Weather, Fairhaven vendors.
Volunteer                                                 5-Outstanding!     WEATHER, HA!




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Grand Parade Participant,                      well organized and both my family members
Junior Race Participant                                   5-Outstanding!     enjoy participating this year
                                                                             Well organized!! Fun to be a part of an event
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     that had so many teams.

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     Well organized.


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              5-Outstanding!     well organized; volunteers
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                               4 When my leg was finished
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                               4 When my leg was finished


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                                               4 whole team waiting for me at the finish line
                                                Working together as a team and the friendliness
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   3-Good           of the other racers.




                                                zipping down the river in the canoe among lots of
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race   5-Outstanding!   other canoes
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               2




Junior Race Participant, Junior Parade Participant         2


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                               4
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race, Junior Parade Participant,
Spectator                                                  4
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4

Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4


Junior Race Participant, Junior Parade Participant,
Spectator                                             4




Junior Race Participant                               4


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4




Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                          4
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race          4




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Racer in the Ski to Sea Race          4


Racer in the Ski to Sea Race          4
Grand Parade Participant, Volunteer   4
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race          4
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Racer in the Ski to Sea Race          4
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Racer in the Ski to Sea Race          4


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Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              4
Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              4




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Racer in the Ski to Sea Race                              4




Volunteer                      1-Needs much improvement
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Junior Race Participant        3-Good
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                                                                    If you raced on the new Mountain Bike course, Rate the volunteers and event organizers in
What have you heard about the new Mountain Bike course?             what are your thoughts about it?              terms of friendliness and helpfulness
                                                                    mountain bike racers have a big advantage,
more technical                                                      which is good                                 5-Outstanding!




1,000x better, but drop the railroad part.                          n/a                                            5-Outstanding!

Very good thing from all whi I know that rode it. Tough, though.                                                   5-Outstanding!


Not that cool, and should be up on the MB Hill.                                                                                                                 4
it was hard                                                         N/A                                            5-Outstanding!


Ooo, I overheard one guy say, Yeah they made in more technical,
with a tone of voice that wasn't looking forward to it... then I
heard afterward, wow, it was kind a boring before, but not now! xc skier.                                                                                       4




boring                                                              boring                                         5-Outstanding!




Good - our mtn bike liked it (but switch it with the running leg)


it was hard and fun.                                                                                               5-Outstanding!
Tough, railroad tracks were a little much                                                                          5-Outstanding!
I heard that it is more challenging (as it should be) The WHIPS are
awesome! :)                                                                                                        5-Outstanding!

The bikers liked it. However, the longer course spread the
kayakers out more.                                                                                                                    4
                                                                  I haven't done the mtn. bike before so I had no
                                                                  comparison. I appreciated that it was a
                                                                  challenging course, however I was dissapointed
That although it was challenging, it was dirty (lots of riding    in all the industrial riding-and going through
through industrial areas) and the railroad tracks at the end were parking lots and those dang railroad tracks at the
ridiculous.                                                       end!!                                              5-Outstanding!


NA                                                                    NA                                           5-Outstanding!




                                                                                                                   5-Outstanding!


Nothing                                                               -                                                               4

Yep. Heard it was great.                                                                                           5-Outstanding!




I heard it was a lot harder than last year!                                                                        5-Outstanding!
                                                                  I thought it was great minus the train tracks. If
                                                                  there is some way that you could change it I
I rode the new course and liked it a lot more. The only problem I would. If not it is still better than last years
had with it was the train tracks sucked.                          course.                                                              4


                                                                  I thought it was great minus the train tracks. If
                                                                  there is some way that you could change it I
I rode the new course and liked it a lot more. The only problem I would. If not it is still better than last years
had with it was the train tracks sucked.                          course.                                                              4
better than previous years                                                                                            5-Outstanding!




Nothing.                                                             N/A                                              5-Outstanding!




I heard that it was tougher in years past. I don't think our rider
was prepared for the increased diffculty... his bad!                                                                  5-Outstanding!




nada                                                                 n/a                                              5-Outstanding!

N/A                                                                  N/A                                              5-Outstanding!
                                                                 Every thing was awesome! I Chuckled a few
                                                                 times while riding in ferndale at how the new
                                                                 course kept cutting through back yards and was
                                                                 determined to stay of the road. Could we
                                                                 something new with the railroad tracks? All that
                                                                 old track steel has got to worth enough as scrap
                                                                 to pay for the materials to extend the trail down
Every one liked it that I talked to, except for the tracks.      to the water. Great Job to all involved.                             4

Polarised - from riding on the pavement to boggy/wet ground                                                          5-Outstanding!

A little more technical than before, still not a real mtn bike
course                                                                                                                                4




good                                                             n/a                                                 5-Outstanding!




good                                                             n/a                                                 5-Outstanding!

Haven't heard anything but i'm sure it was great.                                                                    5-Outstanding!




Muddy, not too technically-challenging, but fun                                                                                       4

I rode it and I liked it very much                               as above                                            3-Average
That it was a big improvement on the previous course.             5-Outstanding!


Our mt biker loved the course. Good challenge and speed.          5-Outstanding!
                                                                  5-Outstanding!

it's harder, but still not as challenging as it could be.         5-Outstanding!




FUN!                                                        N/A                    4

                                                                  5-Outstanding!

good stuff - make it even longer                                  5-Outstanding!
It was harder, but better.                                             5-Outstanding!


Heard it was much better, but the railroad tracks we a bit too
rough and too long. Otherwise a huge improvement.                      5-Outstanding!
I heard it was alot better then previous years but still needs
improvement                                                                             4


                                                                       5-Outstanding!




Much more technical and fun than the previous course.            N/A   5-Outstanding!


Still not actually a mountain bike course. Too flat etc.               5-Outstanding!

Not much.                                                        n/a                    4

good things...heard the RR tracks were kind of wierd?            na                     4
                                                                    I thought the course was more than fair. As a
                                                                    casual mountain biker, I thought it had
                                                                    something to offer for everyone. The tracks
                                                                    were brutal, but I get why they were part of the
                                                                    course. One concern I would have is what if it is
                                                                    raining in future years? I can't imagine what the
                                                                    course would be like through the fields of
                                                                    Hovander. Also, as the course continues to
                                                                    improve I think you could tap into local high
                                                                    schools for students to build bridges do trail
                                                                    work, etc. I work at a high school and can see
It was challenging                                                  endless volunteer opportunities for kids.         5-Outstanding!


                                                                     I felt that some of the sections were too
                                                                     technically difficult for a race that is meant to be
                                                                     inclusive. Also, there were places that it was
                                                                     impossible to pass and yet people still TRIED to
                                                                     pass causing a great deal of stress and fear. I
I had heard before the race that it was going to longer and a little don't mind hard riding or mud but if there are no
bit harder. I heard this AFTER I had already committed to riding accommodations for slower riders (ie room to
it for my team.                                                      pass) then the race guide should specify that.       5-Outstanding!




Our biker liked it and thought it was much better than before.                                                          5-Outstanding!


It was more challenging, had to be pretty experienced to get
through it without some scraps and bruises                                                                                                 2




It was much more realistic and had more challenging elements.                                                           5-Outstanding!
that the railroad was brutal, but otherwise was really fun                                                             5-Outstanding!

all positive                                                          i look forward to racing on the new course       5-Outstanding!

I heard it was much better, harder, more technical but still not a
true mt. bike course.                                                                                                  5-Outstanding!




The train tracks were crappy, but distance was good, trail tight at
times                                                                                                                  5-Outstanding!




Mixed Reviews - Mountain bike still belongs on the Mountain,
and running belongs on the diketop                                                                                     5-Outstanding!

I heard that it was hard but I think it's better that way. I also
heard it was muddy! Perfect.                                                                                           5-Outstanding!


too easy, too much hype to very difficult.                                                                                              4

It was awesome, and I loved it, others loved ti too. It was nice      I love it! It can even be more mountainous if
for it to be a little more challenging.                               they wanted to, whereever it is, I'll ride it.                    4

didn't even know there was one                                                                                                          4

didn't even know there was one                                                                                                          4




Flat tires on the railroad tracks.                                                                                     5-Outstanding!
Good stuff- More technical than before, longer, less time on
road. Bad stuff- railroad tracks!                                                       5-Outstanding!
Positives due to greater challenges and less portion devoted to
roadway.                                                          n/a                   5-Outstanding!

n/a                                                                                     5-Outstanding!




More challenging. I think they liked it.                                                5-Outstanding!
nothing                                                                                 5-Outstanding!




Most people were impressed with the course change                                       5-Outstanding!


                                                                  Im in it to win it!                    4




Great course our biker loved it!                                                        5-Outstanding!
Great course our biker loved it!                                     5-Outstanding!
it's good                                                      -     5-Outstanding!




not much                                                       ---   5-Outstanding!
Heard it was great.                                            NA.   5-Outstanding!


That it was fine, but not a true Mountain Bike course.                                4
Nothing yet                                                          5-Outstanding!
                                                                     5-Outstanding!


I was great! (our racer had never road the other one though)         5-Outstanding!

                                                                     5-Outstanding!




                                                                     5-Outstanding!


A big improvement over the past course                               5-Outstanding!
no complaints from our rider...I think he had one of the top
times.                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!


                                                                  Fun. Challenging. The RR tracks were perhaps
I rode it.                                                        unnecessary.                                   5-Outstanding!


                                                                  Everyone I know would really really love to get
                                                                  the mountain bike leg on the mountain. there's
They worked really hard on it, but it just didn't do well.        just no way to make it fun in fields.           5-Outstanding!

Overall good improvement - less road riding is better, but the
railroad section was a bit rough.                                                                                                  4




that it is much better than the last one and a lot of fun.                                                                         4
a little like 'mountain' biking - an improvement at least                                                        5-Outstanding!




Our mountain bike racer really enjoyed it.                                                                       5-Outstanding!




it's a lot of flat road                                             n/a                                          3-Average
I did the mountain bike leg and overall I liked the course, but the
railroad tracks at the end need to go.                              See above                                    5-Outstanding!


our biker thought it was very challenging in a good way                                                          5-Outstanding!
It caused a ridiculous, unbelievable traffic jam in Hovander Park,
the riding on the railroad ties was horrid, the mountain bike leg
and the running leg should be switched.                                                                 5-Outstanding!


It was tougher. That's good. However, our biker blew 2 tires.                                           5-Outstanding!




Great things except for the railroad tracks.                                                            5-Outstanding!


everyone really liked it. more challenging, longer and just better
overall.                                                           na                                   5-Outstanding!




Mountain bikers on both teams at Janicki found the course
longer and more difficult than they had hoped.                       N/A; I did the Cross-country leg   5-Outstanding!
all positive                                                                                                                       4

i heard it was pretty good.                                      n/a                                              3-Average

Better than previous, but still needs more off road                                                               3-Average

FINALLY a real mountain bike course! and "I definitely need to
train more for next year!"                                       n/a                                              5-Outstanding!

More technical, longer. Should run the course pre-race.                                                           5-Outstanding!
It was real hard!                                                                                                 5-Outstanding!




nada                                                             na                                                                4




My 15 year old nephew thought the course was not technical
enough, but Ron Judd thinks it's tough, so it sounds right.                                                       5-Outstanding!
                                                                 liked the distance,could have done without the
Great,Not too hard,lots better than last year                    raliroad tracks                                  5-Outstanding!

It's better than years part, but still not perfect                                                                3-Average
People were cussing the railroad tracks. The "real" mountain
bikers liked it better and the roadie/cyclocross guys were
whining                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!
well liked                                                                                                4

Sucks                                                                                    3-Average
I heard what it was like and the impression that I got was that it
would not be that much fun... absolutely difficult but probably
not super enjoyable                                                                      5-Outstanding!


The railroad tracks suck.                                            Didn't race on it                    4




Nothing                                                                                  5-Outstanding!

Good things                                                                              5-Outstanding!

I did it and I loved it. I'm not a great mt. biker but maneuvered
through it just fine. I'm strong - not technical.                    I loved it!         5-Outstanding!




good things - challenging but better as a real stage.                                    5-Outstanding!

I heard it was way better than last year                                                                  4
                                                                     excellent           5-Outstanding!

bad things. My teams mountian biker got two flats, and i have
heard similar reports form other teams.                                                  3-Average
It was a bit tougher than previous years but more of a mountain
bike course than a light trail/road course.                                                                        5-Outstanding!


People loved it!                                                                                                                     4
Not Much                                                                                                                             4


More off-road terrain                                             N/A                                              5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                   5-Outstanding!
longer, more technical, better                                                                                     5-Outstanding!


hard, muddy, difficult                                            N/A                                                                4
it's pretty good                                                  n/a                                              5-Outstanding!


Double the length and more mud                                    n/a                                              5-Outstanding!


it was muddy                                                                                                                         4
                                                                  To much grass and road. I enjoyed the "urban"
                                                                  sections though (the parts through the parking
                                                                  lots. I also would like to see more technical
                                                                  sections. It seemed pretty easy. More mud next
                                                                  year. I think I picked up 10 positions because of
It was my leg in the race.                                        the mud.                                          5-Outstanding!


remove the railroad track piece but otherwise I heard positive
comments                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!
It was tough which is good, but the RR tracks were an unfair
advantage for Dual-Suspension bikes                                                                                5-Outstanding!
Only good things!                                                                                        5-Outstanding!




less paved                                                                                               5-Outstanding!

great and challenging                                                                                    5-Outstanding!




                                                                                                                           4

                                                        I liked it, but there was too much mud/soft grass
                                                        area. But that could be because I am 70 pounds
                                                        overweight and I sunk easily. A couple of the log
                                                        ladders were too narrow. There was not enough
                                                        room for large people like me to stand next to
Yes, It is the course I completed.                      the bike to remount after falling off. LOL        5-Outstanding!


More technical, less road riding, better, but harder.                                                    5-Outstanding!




sounds terrific. Thanks for making the changes!                                                          5-Outstanding!


Rail road ties and water are involved.                  I never saw it.                                  5-Outstanding!
strictly OK... not very technical, allow cyclocross next year?                                                       5-Outstanding!

                                                                 Awesome. Should have left the last water hazard
                                                                 at the end ot the tracks, i rode it on Saturday
I heard people complain that the railroad section was too rough. and it was cool feature. Keep the railroad
They are WRONG. It is great to finally have some obsticles. I    section. It takes strength and skill. Don't listen to
really liked the RR.                                             the whiners that it was too hard.                     5-Outstanding!




it was OK - not too hard                                                                                                                                            4




Sloggy & not so great                                                                                                                                               4


                                                                   The course was adverstised as being challenging I felt several parts -- rough bridges over the
                                                                   but not technical." In fact                     swamp at the airport

Much improved.                                                                                                       5-Outstanding!
Our mtn. biker said it was great. The only thing that was rough
was how beat up the course got making it that much more
chanllening                                                                                                          3-Average
                                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!
Our team member enjoyed it, though I heard some die-hard mt.
bikers still thought it was too easy.                                                                               5-Outstanding!

More Tech and longer.                                              n/a                                              5-Outstanding!

                                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!

not much                                                                                                            5-Outstanding!
it was rough for a moron like me, but I think it was better for the
race                                                                as above                                        5-Outstanding!

Nothing                                                                                                                               4




it was hard                                                                                                                           4

                                                                   Challanging...but not as hard as the mt bk leg of
More technical!                                                    the bellingham traverse.                          5-Outstanding!

much better than last year, more challenging                                                                        5-Outstanding!




The railroad ties are too rough for most. Good length.                                                              5-Outstanding!

longer...                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!


                                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!
Sounded like it was fine...                                                                                                              4




y                                                                                                                                        4


That is all was great except for the r.r. tracks                                                                       5-Outstanding!

it's more worthy than before                                                                                                             4
our mountain bike racer thought it was great and said others
spoke well of it                                                                                                       3-Average

                                                                      although i'm not a mountain biker, i thought it
                                                                      was great. much more difficult than previous
                                                                      years...i initially complained about the train
                                                                      tracks at the end, but have come to realize that
                                                                      my original feelings were likely because they
                                                                      came as a surprise. this brings me to some
                                                                      feedback. i could get to the practice run for the
                                                                      course, but even if i was able, i would NOT have
                                                                      wanted to do a 14 mile test run less than 24
                                                                      hours before the race. suggestion: offer a few
see next question                                                     practice run times/dates                          5-Outstanding!
That it's grassy and that it is good that they got rid of the beach
part.                                                                                                                                    4


the rail road tracks were the hardest part, but it was good                                                            5-Outstanding!
Not much, but it's supposed to be longer and even better.   5-Outstanding!




not much actually, sorry                                                     4

Only what I read in the papers                              5-Outstanding!




Awesome, except the railroad tracks.                        5-Outstanding!




people still feel it shoudl be on a mountain.               5-Outstanding!




people still feel it shoudl be on a mountain.               5-Outstanding!
Tough on the legs, but a huget improvement!                       N/A                                              5-Outstanding!

                                                                  If it had rained hard that course would have
                                                                  been a huge mess, so glad it did not. The grassy
                                                                  trails were soft as they were. I did not like the
                                                                  part going through the parking lots in Ferndale.
                                                                  Killed what flow there was. Minus that, and what
                                                                  you have to work with, it was fine. I still think
                                                                  the race will be better when the course is up on
                                                                  the mountain or elsewhere, and the runners leg
Most people liked it better                                       is moved.                                         5-Outstanding!
Great improvement over past. Real mt bike course with some
technical aspects and varied terrain. A great job by the
organizers.                                                                                                        5-Outstanding!

                                                                                                                                     4




Not much other than it gives the bikers more time off-road than
in previous years.                                                                                                 5-Outstanding!


That its hard and weird to go through parking lots, planks and
mud. Hmmmm....                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!
Our biker did not complain, but mentioned that it was
chalenging.                                                                                                            5-Outstanding!




Our biker loved it!                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!

The railroad track ride was unnecessary                                                                                                 4
I heard that it was still ridiculously easy and full of road, even
though there's a brilliant mountain bike hill right next door.
C'mon guys! That's what the waiver's are for. Let the riders do
riskier stuff. Our rider seriously debated adding some hybrid
tires to his bike.                                                       The hand off from my biker was pretty cool.   5-Outstanding!
People really liked it                                                                                                 5-Outstanding!

It is longer and more difficult than last year's course, but still not
as great as a lot of mountain bikers feel it could be. A number of
people I have talked with think that the mountain bike leg should
be held on the mountain, on trails rather than railroad tracks,
busy streets, and parking lots.                                                                                                         4


I heard it is much better than the previous course. Good work.                                                         5-Outstanding!


I heard it is much better than the previous course. Good work.                                                         5-Outstanding!

Great, except the rail road tracks at the end.                                                                         5-Outstanding!
I haven't heard a lot about it, but it seemed like most Mt bikers
enjoyed the new course that I talked to.                               I have not raced it.        5-Outstanding!




I heard that riding through the straw was horrid.                      Hell no.                    5-Outstanding!


A lot of good.                                                         Excellent,Challenging,Fun   5-Outstanding!




Good job.                                                                                                           4

Course was more challenging--so it felt like a real leg of the race.
It would be even better, if there really was a mountain on the
mountain biking leg!                                                                                                4




I have heard that it was more fun and more challenaging. Thank
you for changing it.                                                                               5-Outstanding!

I heard that it was awesome! big improvement from the past
years.                                                                 didn't ride                 5-Outstanding!
I heard that no one really enjoyed riding over the train tracks.                                                     5-Outstanding!

                                                                    good course, just cut out the train track section.
                                                                    Other option would be to fill in the space
                                                                    between the rail road ties with dirt.              5-Outstanding!
More challenging than the old one                                   n/a                                                                 4




My husband did it and he really liked it.                                                                                               4

                                                                    I raced in it and I really enjoyed it. It was
                                                                    challenging because at some points I hadd to
                                                                    shift all the way down taking it slow. The course
I heard nothing                                                     was more like a mountain bike course I thought. 5-Outstanding!

mixed reviews                                                                                                        5-Outstanding!


I heard it was awesome - nice work! (I heard the old one was
super easy)                                                         N/A                                              5-Outstanding!




That it was challenging but really fun.                                                                              5-Outstanding!




Our racer liked it, but it is still very flat, and a lot of road.                                                                       4
better than last year, very challenging.                          5-Outstanding!




Tough course but more of a true test of mountain biking skills.
Better than having half the race on pavement!                     5-Outstanding!


It was incredible!                                                3-Average

                                                                  5-Outstanding!




                                                                  5-Outstanding!


It was an improvement over last year and was enjoyed by the
riders on our 2 teams. Longer distance made it more
challenging.                                                                       4
                                                             Since this was my first time riding the leg, I have
                                                             nothing to compare the route to. I had heaps of
                                                             fun riding Sunday. The only area of the course
                                                             that I did not enjoy was the railroad tracks at the
                                                             end of the course. They are very jarring,
                                                             especially coming at the end of the course.         5-Outstanding!




That it's going to be actual single-track mountain biking,
downhill, from the ski area to the road.                                                                                          4




                                                                                                               5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                         5-Outstanding!




Fun, a few bottlenecks caused some slowness                                                                               4


That it was much better                             N/A                                                  5-Outstanding!




                                                                                                         5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                         3-Average

Great new course                                                                                                          4

challenging but "do-able"                                                                                5-Outstanding!

railroad tracks sucked but all in all much better                                                        5-Outstanding!


I've heard that it was challenging and fast.                                                                              4
I heard it was great                                                                                     5-Outstanding!

                                                    Very thankful the grass was raked. I wouldn't
                                                    make any changes except maybe add a small
                                                    about of fill to the railroad tracks. It should be
                                                    challenging but on race day it seemed a little
                                                    flat-prone. Glad the challenging section was at
                                                    the end to separate the fit racers from the very
Outstanding.                                        fit racers.                                          5-Outstanding!
Overall pretty fun. Tough, but fun.                                                                                      5-Outstanding!
                                                                     The airport was a mess and the bridges were a
                                                                     bit technical for me...I just ran through the mud
I did it and loved it                                                instead. No biggie                                5-Outstanding!


That it was longer & tougher.                                        NA                                                  5-Outstanding!

                                                                     I loved the new course! Please do not change a
yes and I loved the course                                           thing. It was great! Including the RR tracks        5-Outstanding!
I rode the course and Charlie did an outstanding job setting this
course. This is the first time I did the Mt. Bike leg so I can not
make a comparison. But from everyone I spoke with this course        I am a realitively new mountain biker and I loved
is much improved.                                                    the course.                                       5-Outstanding!

                                                                     it was a fun course, not technically challenging,
had heard nothing until i rode it                                    but needed strength and conditioning                5-Outstanding!




It's longer and more technical                                       N/A                                                                  4
I heard it was really long, hardly an excuse for a mountain bike
trail and way too muddy.                                                                                                 5-Outstanding!




GOOD                                                                                                                                      2




GOOD                                                                                                                                      2
Mixed reviews                                                        N/A                                                 5-Outstanding!
that the railroad tracks were very hard on the riders                                                                 5-Outstanding!


it's great                                                                                                            5-Outstanding!
that it was much improved. more interesting and more
challenging                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!
that it was much improved. more interesting and more
challenging                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!




A little bumpy over the railroad ties.                                                                                5-Outstanding!

it was tough but good                                                                                                                    4
                                                                    Good, there was standing water in the beginning
                                                                    that soaked your shoes :( but aside from that I
I raced it, and it was tough but fun!                               liked it                                        5-Outstanding!
                                                                    Good, there was standing water in the beginning
                                                                    that soaked your shoes :( but aside from that I
I raced it, and it was tough but fun!                               liked it                                        5-Outstanding!


                                                                    I really enjoyed it. My only frustration is
                                                                    regarding certain portions where the singletrack
                                                                    was too narrow to pass. Typically I would love
                                                                    that, however, being that this was a race, it was
                                                                    frustrating being stuck behind slower riders
                                                                    without the opportunity to pass. Anyway, just a
                                                                    small frustration, I really enjoyed the course, and
                                                                    am looking forward to racing on it again next
It was great! As a first time participant, I have no knowledge of   year! Also, the crew and volunteers did an
the previous course, however, this year's was fun.                  amazing job on the trail!!                          5-Outstanding!
Good things. Still pretty easy but more fun things added.                                                               5-Outstanding!
more technical better.                                                                                                                   4
That you don't really need a mountain bike for it.                                                                    5-Outstanding!
not uch                                                                                                               5-Outstanding!

That it is longer than the old course.                                                                                5-Outstanding!

I rode it, it was great.                                         It was great!                                        5-Outstanding!
much improved but still needs work.                              n/a                                                  5-Outstanding!

Too much road                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!
                                                                 Much better. Not sure the railroad tracks added
I rode it and loved it.                                          to the course.                                  5-Outstanding!

                                                                 If it's wet next year, the new course will be much
                                                                 less rideable, we were lucky this year. You need
                                                                 to hire a course builder, it's too much work for a
take out the railroad track section.                             couple of volunteers.                                                                            4

                                                                  It was much improved! The description made it
I heard some whiners say it was too hard to pedal through the     sound much more challenging and technical than
parts where the ground was soft and they didn't like the railroad it was however. I would like it even longer with
tracks...maybe they never experienced the beach though!           even more off road if possible.                  5-Outstanding!


                                                                 Very pleased, there was lots of variation, not
                                                                 technical but challenging. People not used to
I road it and I thought it was great, wish I could do it again   real" mountain biking might find parts of it very
sooner than 5/30/10!                                             difficult though. But                                please do not make it shorter or "easier"
                                                                  I thought it was very well done and very well
                                                                  organized. I am impressed that finally so many
                                                                  local businesses allowed us access to their
                                                                  property. I believe the ski to sea race managers
                                                                  did an outstanding job in trying to prevent
                                                                  excessive wear and tear on these private
                                                                  properties, but I do not know if the end result
                                                                  was that all of the racers respected the land. All
                                                                  in all, the technical sections were not too
                                                                  technical but just technical enough to separate
                                                                  the field. I thought the long trail sections were
                                                                  very fun to ride with just enough hills to wear us
I rode it! I know it first hand, now!                             down. Thanks!                                      5-Outstanding!

                                                                  Make it longer and tougher. Make the ski legs of
It was fun, challenging and much tougher than in prior years      the race longer and tougher.                     5-Outstanding!
                                                                  it was awesome loved the railroad tracks. make
only good things                                                  it more offroad next year                        5-Outstanding!


It was more technical and fun for some, but excessively tedious
with too many obstacles for others                                                                                                    4




Improved from prior years                                         N/A                                              3-Average

i heard it was an improvement but still a lame course for a
mountain biker                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!
nothing but good things - great improvement                         n/a                                                5-Outstanding!

                                                                    I loved every minute of it. The railroad section
The railroad section sucked.                                        was actually decent. I had an amazing time.        5-Outstanding!
                                                                    I loved the course, could have used a few hills
                                                                    and maybe a little longer, with a few more
Yes, raced it.                                                      varied obstacles.                                  5-Outstanding!


Bupcus                                                                                                                 1-Get new people in these positions

                                                                                                                       5-Outstanding!




Not a lot, but our biker had a good time.                                                                              5-Outstanding!

had one part that was quite challenging,which is good                                                                  5-Outstanding!
positive changes, but railroad tracks sucked                                                                           5-Outstanding!




I've heard that it's an improvement, but it is still too asphalt-
heavy.                                                                                                                                                       4
Grueling but, made for a more competitive race. Weeds out the
slackers!                                                                                                             5-Outstanding!




                                                                     Loved it - more technical parts would be great
                                                                     (even more of the urban tech parts between
much improved over last year, some complaints about the RR           Haggen adn the alley. Keep the RR tracks!
tracks                                                               Charlie Heggem rocks.                            5-Outstanding!


soft ground made it difficult                                                                                                          4


Not a tging                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!


Not a tging                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!


Our mtn biker liked the course, except for the flat tire he had to
change.                                                                                                               5-Outstanding!
Way better than the old.                                             n/a   5-Outstanding!

that it was changing and that it was/might/possibly going to start
from Mt Baker instead of having the runners there.                                          4

I heard it was more technical than previous years, which was
positive in some ways and negative in others. For some, they
could no longer participate in it because the challenge level
required was too high. I also heard from someone that they
didn't like riding on the railroad tracks. On a positive note, I
believe the increased technical skills could add to the challenge
and enjoyment for the riders.                                        N/A   5-Outstanding!




Yes                                                                  n/a   5-Outstanding!
they liked the rails and mud                                               5-Outstanding!
                                                                               3-Average
Thanks to the many people that worked on this course! I really
enjoyed it compared to previous years! I think you did a great job
with the area you had to work with!                                see above                    4
Thanks to the many people that worked on this course! I really
enjoyed it compared to previous years! I think you did a great job
with the area you had to work with!                                see above                    4


it was varied                                                                  5-Outstanding!

That it was more challenging and more fun.                                     5-Outstanding!


it is better. it is still not a mountainbike course                            5-Outstanding!




Great course. Our biker even liked the railroad tracks ("all three
racers within earshot were laughing while riding the tracks").                                  4
I heard the rail-ties section was no fun.                                                                         4




Good course. Big improvement.                                                                    5-Outstanding!




Improved over the past.                                            N/A                                            4




Way more fun, interesting.                                         N/A                           3-Average

disappointing. but that leg is a let down for mtn bikers anyway.
would love to see the course change with downhill run...           disappointing. muddy holes.                    4

good things. i heard that it was much tougher than last year.                                    5-Outstanding!




Nothing but positive coments                                                                     5-Outstanding!
Nothing but positive coments                                                                                             5-Outstanding!

an improvement over past years. could do without the grass and
rr tracks                                                                                                                                 4
i heard it sucks, and is at least half road. two people on my team
said it could be completed faster with a cyclo cross bike, or
maybe even a road bike.                                                                                                  5-Outstanding!

It was 4 times harder                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!
Better.                                                              N/A                                                 5-Outstanding!




more challenging, but fun                                                                                                5-Outstanding!




It's great, way better than previous years, challenging yet fun.                                                         3-Average




I heard that the grass was a complete mess.                                                                                               4
that it was new and longer this year...thats it                      n/a                                                 5-Outstanding!




It was challenging.                                                  N/A                                                 3-Average
That it was awesome and that Charlie did a good job.                                                                     5-Outstanding!


                                                                     Fantastic. I liked it all, including the railroad
That it was awesome. (I was the mtn. biker)                          section. More techincal sections would be cool.     5-Outstanding!
RR tracks were brutal and many flat tires.                                                    5-Outstanding!
It was better, but I must agree that the mtn bike course should
swap with the runners course. Keep the mtn bikes on the mtn
and the runners on the roads                                                                  5-Outstanding!
I heard that it was very nice, much better than last year since it
was actually a mountain bike course                                                           5-Outstanding!

bumpy on the tracks - ouch, but not too bad                          that i could handle it   5-Outstanding!

Mixed. Muddy! Tough!                                                                                           4
That it had some slippery mud sections. That it is longer than
before.                                                                                       5-Outstanding!


Much harder than last year                                           N/A                      5-Outstanding!
all good                                                                                      5-Outstanding!
all good                                                                                      5-Outstanding!
Kill the railroad section                                                                                      4

yes                                                                                           5-Outstanding!


IT was challenging.                                                                           5-Outstanding!




I read a numbers of articles on it.                                                                            4

                                                                                                               4
That it was appropriately challenging, but the RR ties should go.                                                                        4


It was tough, better than before                                    NA                                                  5-Outstanding!




                                                                    No thanks, I don't like the RR ties at the end of
more technical and the RR ties were terrible.                       the race                                            3-Average


Good course. Railroad track was not popular but ok.                                                                     5-Outstanding!
Good reviews!                                                                                                                            4
Much improved, except for the rail road portion. It was fine for
those with $3.5K full suspension bikes, for others, not so much.        5-Outstanding!


Yep                                                                NA   5-Outstanding!




It sounds good except the RR tracks.                                    5-Outstanding!
                                                                        5-Outstanding!

Nil                                                                     5-Outstanding!




Excellent, I am sorry I missed the chance to ride in on Sat as I am
the downhill guy... Would love to have it open 2 days prior and 2
days after the race for other people to ride..                      ~   3-Average
It was great except for the RR Tracks!                                    3-Average
that the hay field was not so popular                                     5-Outstanding!
Good - longer and more technical.                                         5-Outstanding!
I heard that it was a great improvement!                                  5-Outstanding!


                                                                          5-Outstanding!

Please remove the train track portion.                                    5-Outstanding!




Challenging, better, but still practical for casual racer.          N/A                    4




Fine                                                                                       4
More realistic of a challenge (given the terrain you have to work
with)                                                                     5-Outstanding!

fun                                                                 n/a   5-Outstanding!




I heard it was not good, swamping, muddy and not compacted
yet. once used more it should be excellent                          n/a   5-Outstanding!
No one liked or needed the railroad tracks!                                                                            5-Outstanding!




that it was challenging                                              did not race                                       5-Outstanding!
                                                                     Still not enough downhill. On Sat. the logs in the
I paddle the canoe leg but road the airport section of the mtn       mud section were being dislodged at an alarming
bike leg on Sat. for practice and fun.                               rate.                                                                4

                                                                     It was pretty rough but it was my first year riding
                                                                     it so I never saw the old one. You need to do
                                                                     something about the railroad portion of it. That
                                                                     was just brutal on the body and even worse on
                                                                     the bike itself. Also the grass/field portion was
                                                                     really slow. If you could bring in some gravel to
                                                                     harden the ground up a little more it would
                                                                     really improve it.                                  5-Outstanding!
I heard there were a lot of flat tires on the course. Our mountain
biker thought it was because of all the recently cut saplings and
their short stumps.                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!


Still not enough real mountain biking.                                                                                 5-Outstanding!
I have heard nothing except the newspaper describing the
railroad ties,                                                       na                                                5-Outstanding!
                                                                   I raced it. It was hard. I got off course a couple
                                                                   times because the course was so windy and at
                                                                   times patched together. i.e. the parking lot
                                                                   weave drove me crazy, because even though I
                                                                   had pre-rode, it was not immediately apparent
                                                                   to me where I needed to go (my head is usually
                                                                   not all the way on when I race). The railroad
                                                                   tracks were vicious. So painful. But in all, it was
I have heard that it was better, in that it was more mountain bike a better mt. bike course than previous years -
like than the previous course. I have also heard that it was a     less of a joke leg. It still seemed a bit contrived
little hellish.                                                    though with all the field riding.                   5-Outstanding!

                                                                     The trail builders did the best they could but this
                                                                     is not a mountain biking course. It would make
                                                                     an excellent trail run. The venue needs to
                                                                     change so we can make use of the mountains.
                                                                     Add some elevation. Ride Galbraith's SST for
I rode it                                                            guidance.                                           5-Outstanding!

It is okay. Better than last year but it would be great to keep it
off of the road more. Or move it into the mountains.                                                                   5-Outstanding!


Lots of grass. Difficult.                                                                                              5-Outstanding!
That it was better than the old course b/c it wasn't on road very
much.                                                                                                                                     4

Nothing                                                              N/A                                               5-Outstanding!

It was harder and a more tradition mountain bike race course.                                                                             4




Beforehand, that it was grueling (Seattle Times). From my wife
afterwards, not so bad.                                                                                                5-Outstanding!
n/a                                                                n/a   1-Get new people in these positions


That is had numerous sketchy gravel areas, several potholes, and
was largely on the road.                                                 5-Outstanding!

that my teammate rocked it!                                              5-Outstanding!

I heard that there were more carries, and I knew a few people
who wiped out a couple of times.                                         5-Outstanding!




That it was more technical than years past with some up'n'downs
ridge rides, and some nasty rail trestles at the end, but it was
good.                                                                    5-Outstanding!

It was a bit boggy.                                                      5-Outstanding!




Good variety; more fun than previous course.                             5-Outstanding!




Good, sounds like the railroad tracks were rough.                        5-Outstanding!




It was hard, and it was the best course yet.                             5-Outstanding!

It's rugged                                                              5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                   3-Average




Our Mt Biker strongly approves and will also support the            Very Good...the longer and the more challenging
eventual move to "the Mountain:.                                    adds the necessary element of athleticism.      5-Outstanding!
it's alot tougher. not just a road ride on a mountain bike                                                                           4




nothin really, just that it's longer                                n/a                                            3-Average

Too urban                                                                                                                            4




my girlfriend did it and said it was fun. she says keep the rail
road ties... they are not that bad!                                                                                5-Outstanding!

Not much...kinda bumpy                                                                                             5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                   5-Outstanding!




It rocks! I'm definitely a fan of making this leg more technical!   N/A                                                              4
That it will be up the mountain next year, longer and more
technically challenging.                                           na                                                                     4
I heard that it was more technical and that it was much better
than before.                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!

That it's a bit more challenging than previous MTB courses in the Not sure, would have to go over the course and
past.                                                             ride it myself first.                          5-Outstanding!




Not a lot. Didn't know the old course so can't compare.            NA                                                  5-Outstanding!




That everyone liked it but it could have been more technical.                                                          5-Outstanding!




Only that it was a little longer.                                                                                                         4


Longer, more difficult.                                                                                                5-Outstanding!


you mean the one that was used this year? yeah, I heard the
railroad track segment was a piece of shit and served no purpose
in terms of challenging the riders' skills                                                                             5-Outstanding!

                                                                   i didn't race, but our rider got 2! flat tires, which
It sounds like a more true Mountain bike leg this year.            sent us from 40th place to over 230th.                5-Outstanding!
Not much                                                                    5-Outstanding!
That is was more of a challenge than in past years                          5-Outstanding!


It was a hit, a big improvement from previous years. Tough to
safely pass on, though.                                                                      4

good except for the railroad tracks...which were BAD. Still very
much *not* a mountain bike leg                                     N/A      5-Outstanding!

Great except the RR ties                                                                     4
nothing                                                            good     5-Outstanding!




Only what was printed in the Bellingham Herald                              5-Outstanding!

Only good things                                                   Didn't   5-Outstanding!


Thumbs up!                                                                                   4




The railroad tracks were absolutely brutal.                                 5-Outstanding!


needs adjustment                                                            5-Outstanding!

challenging!                                                                5-Outstanding!
                                                                       As a recreational groomed trail rider, it was
                                                                       beyond my skill set. I would do it again to try to
I worked on it and knew it was tough and that "die hard" Mt.           beat my time, but also will give up my team spot
Biker's were looking forward to it.                                    to a more accomplished rider.                      5-Outstanding!

That it's actually a mtn bike course now.                                                                                3-Average




better than the previous because it is less road and more
mountain bike                                                          n/a                                               5-Outstanding!
It was definitely harder than previous years. The terrain was
great and varied.                                                                                                        5-Outstanding!




It was fun.                                                            -                                                                   4

Much better!                                                                                                                               4




Not much.                                                              N/A                                                                 4

I have heard that it is a bit more challenging than previously, in a
good way.                                                                                                                5-Outstanding!

                                                                       I understand that 400 bikes on a woodland trail
                                                                       but more technical single track would be great    5-Outstanding!
That it was fun, challenging and a real mountain bike course                                                              5-Outstanding!


                                                                                                                          What a great course! It had all sorts of challenge,
                                                                                                                          and the distance was spot-on. I was surprized we
                                                                                                                          weren't taken for a quick loop around the quary
                                                                                                                          pit on the right side of Rural Rd and Slater Rd. I
                                                                                                                          loved the Railroad Tracks at the end too! The loop
                                                                     another teamate told me he was jealous I was         past the beach was great too. It surprized another
                                                                    going to ride it in the race after we practiced       rider as he thought he was nearly finished based
It was great!"                                                      together on Sat."                                     on previous years. SURPRIZE!
Rough but more like a mountain bike run. The previouse course
was fun but easy.                                                                                                         3-Average
                                                                                                                          5-Outstanding!




It was awesome!                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!

                                                                   I would take the railroad tracks out. It is not safe
I competed in the MTB course. It was difficult, but not too bad. I for the below average rider and those who do
have heard mixed reviews, but most people did not mind the         not have $1,000 bikes it is not appropriate.
course, but hated the RR tracks.                                   Someone could be seriously injured here.                                                                 2

                                                                    Great leg - Only improvement would be to make
                                                                    the single track double track to allow passing.
                                                                    The course would easily allow this in most the
                                                                    tight areas - it would still be techincally
                                                                    challenging - just made wider our with a passing
New leg is GREAT!                                                   lane. And MORE RAIL ROAD TRACKS!!!               5-Outstanding!
                               The railroad ties were pretty hard on my gear; i
                               have a rigid frame old-school mountain bike.
                               otherwise it was awesome! loved the "urban
                               assault" and the grassy single track. I also like
                               that there was some road riding. This course
                               basically covered all the terrain I usually ride!   3-Average


muddy! Better!                 didn't race, but I saw the mud on legs              5-Outstanding!

Better, with the new length.                                                       5-Outstanding!




That it was really fun.                                                                             4


nothing                                                                                             4
                                I think it is much improved, still nothing can
                                atone for the fact this course occurs in the city,
                                and the run on the mountain, but you are on the
                                right track. I heard talk about the new mountain
                                bike course being improved for next year, but
                                my understanding was the course was destined
Good things.                    for the mountain. Is this no longer the case?      3-Average




                                I think it is much improved, still nothing can
                                atone for the fact this course occurs in the city,
                                and the run on the mountain, but you are on the
                                right track. I heard talk about the new mountain
                                bike course being improved for next year, but
                                my understanding was the course was destined
Good things.                    for the mountain. Is this no longer the case?      3-Average
                                It was a good, challenging course and the
I raced on it. It was AWESOME   increased distance was perfect.                    5-Outstanding!

                                More challenging and still "do-able" for a 54 yr
Loved it !!!!!                  old guy                                            5-Outstanding!
                                                                   I liked it. The end part of Hovander was a bit
                                                                   troublesome, because it is like riding in sand and
                                                                   there were a few muddy parts of the trail that
                                                                   your bike would sink into elsewhere. Overall it is
                                                                   a great improvement. I enjoyed the rail road
I rode it, I liked it, and I think most people liked it.           portion, even though I heard some did not.                            2

see above                                                          see above                                            5-Outstanding!


                                                                  Charlie did a great job, considering what he had
Great feed back the only negitive stuff was because it was harder to work with, I race mtb's and this was closer to
and longer( wich is good)                                         a mtb course, not there yet but closer.           5-Outstanding!


                                                                   The course lacked the single track trails through
                                                                   wooded areas. Riding on the mushy grass was a
                                                                   challege. The 150' of single track through the
                                                                   muddy course and the railroad tracks were a
                                                                   good addition. The course still had alot of miles
                                                                   on asphalt and on double track dirt roads. Many
                                                                   Mtn. Bike racers were using cross tires which
                                                                   gave them an advantage over my bike which had
The course was improved from last year.                            the traditional knobby tires.                     5-Outstanding!

I did the course and thought it was good and challenging. It
could have been excellent if not for the railroad tracks. Those
didn't add anything to the race that was measurable. Meaning
the only way to have an advantage over other racers was to be
riding a full suspension bike. No one trains to ride on railroad
tracks.                                                            Same as above                                                         4
That it's a bit longer and more interesting.                     -     5-Outstanding!




                                                                                        4

Good!                                                                  5-Outstanding!

It is a lot better than the old one                                    5-Outstanding!


That it was more difficult than in previous years.               n/a   5-Outstanding!

I heard it was a little longer and more on trail than roads.                            4


Variety.                                                                                4




supposed to be more technical, and a real" mountain bike ride"                          4
                                                                  I did the mountain leg part. Please move this
                                                                  section to the mountain. Tire selection and a
                                                                  changing course made the day difficult. no more
                                                                  pavement for a MOUNTAIN BIKE !! Please move
I did it. See below                                               the run off the mountain. PLEASE !!             5-Outstanding!

                                                                  I did the mountain leg part. Please move this
                                                                  section to the mountain. Tire selection and a
                                                                  changing course made the day difficult. no more
                                                                  pavement for a MOUNTAIN BIKE !! Please move
I did it. See below                                               the run off the mountain. PLEASE !!             5-Outstanding!


needs yet more obstacles. Still made for road bikers.                                                                                 4

I heard it was really good and much better than it used to be.                                                                        4

tough                                                                                                                                 4

It was longer and harder.                                         didn't race it.                                  5-Outstanding!


                                                                  Liked the course, but saw a lot of people with
                                                                  alfalfa/hay in there chain rings/derailers. There
                                                                  were many flat tires. Going across the wood
                                                                  chips seemed like a good palce for that to
                                                                  happen. Did not enjoy the railraod tracks,
                                                                  period. If there were one thing to get rid of that
                                                                  would be it. Stay away from the hay fields/tall
                                                                  grasses/soggy grass areas, and move it to a
That it was much needed, but there were a lot of flat tires. No   harder surface or even the road. Other than
more railroad tracks.                                             that, was a fun, fun course.                       5-Outstanding!
Harder, but fun!                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!




I heard that the RR tracks were kind of brutal on a hardtail.       I did not, I raced the road bike portion.       5-Outstanding!




My husband competed it in, so I've heard a lot. He loved the fact
that it was a more traditional mountain bike experience and
loved the challenge of it. Like others, he wasn't crazy about the
railroad track part, but otherwise enjoyed it immensely.                                                            5-Outstanding!


Heard nothing specific.                                             N/A                                             5-Outstanding!

                                                                    Fantastic! Just cut out the railroad section.
                                                                    Maybe add some more cyclo-cross style
I raced it. I loved it (except the railroad part)                   obstacles.                                                       4
trails were thin, so passing was hard.                                NA                                                                 4
moving to Mt. baker soon                                              NA                                               5-Outstanding!


Only very positive comments. My team-mate enjoyed it, and so
did others I heard from in the community.                                                                                                4


I loved it! Everyone at the end of the course was raving about it. See above. Pretty much Genius using private
Great work in such short time.                                     property that way.                                  5-Outstanding!

                                                                      I'm disappointed that some of the wet parts
                                                                      were taken out the day of the race. Mtn bikers
That it's more off-road and technical                                 are supposed to get wet and muddy.               5-Outstanding!

                                                                      why are they riding on the road? there already IS
                                                                      a road bike section. mountain bikes should be
it is technical, there are areas where the tall grass can clog your   raced on dirt trails. work on getting the run and
derailer the tracks are bone jarring-loose the tracks                 mtn bike legs traded                              5-Outstanding!

Much, much better. Great job!                                                                                          5-Outstanding!

nothing                                                                                                                                  4




Nothing.                                                                                                               5-Outstanding!
That the tracks were ridiculous.                           n/a                                              5-Outstanding!




Lots of walkers through the "technical" parts.             n/a                                                                 4


challenging for older bikers.                                                                               5-Outstanding!


fun - muddy - challenging                                                                                   5-Outstanding!

Everyone hated the railroad tracks.                                                                         5-Outstanding!
It is longer, more challenging, but not technical.                                                          5-Outstanding!


                                                                                                            5-Outstanding!

That it could potentially replace the running leg.         n/a                                              5-Outstanding!

More difficult than I expected                             More difficult than I expted                     5-Outstanding!

that most people really thought that the course was much
improved                                                                                                      5-Outstanding!
                                                           I think the race coordinators did a great job with
Yes, I rode it.                                            what they had to work with                         5-Outstanding!
Haven't                                                                                                                        4
yes                                                                                                         5-Outstanding!
my racer really enjoyed it                                       n/a   5-Outstanding!




That it was more difficult that previous years, but more fun.  N/A                      4
I heard from my team member that it was horrible. They thought
the railroad track was uncalled for.                                   5-Outstanding!




I heard it wasn't so challenging. Still mostly gravel.                 5-Outstanding!

loved it                                                                                4
yes                                                                    5-Outstanding!
some people did not like the railroad part but still wanted to
keep it. It added an element that was "cool"                           5-Outstanding!

yes                                                                    5-Outstanding!
                                                                       5-Outstanding!

don't recall                                                     n/a   5-Outstanding!
overall pleased with the changes.. railroad tracks were hard at
the end.                                                                                                                               4


                                                                                                                      5-Outstanding!




More difficult than previous course.                                                                                  5-Outstanding!


Runs great, more suited to Mt. Bikers vs Roadbikers               N/A                                                 5-Outstanding!


Runs great, more suited to Mt. Bikers vs Roadbikers               N/A                                                 5-Outstanding!
Tougher but more fun                                                                                                                   4

New mountain bike course was excellent and should be
replicated next year!Don't make the mtn. bike course a downhill
course on pavement or dirt trails. That's just dangerous!                                                             5-Outstanding!
                                                                  I thoroughly enjoyed most of the course, but
                                                                  thought the train tracks at the end were possibly
                                                                  a little much. It was tolerable, but that is the
                                                                  only part I did not really enjoy about the whole
Longer but much more exciting                                     course.                                                              4
Our mountain biker loved it.                                                                                                             4

Longer, not very mountainous""                                                                                        5-Outstanding!

                                                                    I raced the mt. bike course and appreciated all
                                                                    the work done to get the race off of the
                                                                    pavement. A lot of the single track sections and
                                                                    obstacles were a great addition. Having said
                                                                    that, it seems like a lot of the course was
                                                                    through grassy fields which (although
                                                                    challenging) wasn't exactly fun or exciting. It was
                                                                    just slower and drained your energy compared
                                                                    to the road. My only real complaint with the
                                                                    whole course was the railroad tracks at the end
                                                                    which I HATED every second of - ridiculous and
                                                                    totally unnecessary. They didn't add anything to
                                                                    the course. Once again it was more difficult than
                                                                    riding on the streets, but that doesn't
                                                                    automatically make it fun or even mt. bike-
A lot of effort was put into getting the bikers off the pavement.   esque"."                                            5-Outstanding!




Only good things.                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!




Longer, more technical                                                                                                5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                Mixed -- some riders thought it was fabulous,
The canoe leg!                                                Better being longer. The railroad tracks stunk.   others hated it. My rider liked it.

people were happy with the course - thought it was an
improvement over the past years                                                                                 5-Outstanding!

                                                              Easy enough to accomodate a wide range of skill
                                                              levels, technical enough to provide interest and
see below                                                     challenge to experienced riders.                 5-Outstanding!
new as in this years? or as in the proposed one? Have heard
word of both of them.                                                                                           5-Outstanding!




Nothing but great reviews.                                                                                      5-Outstanding!

Better, but could still improve

Better, but could still improve

railroad...not good                                                                                             5-Outstanding!

Much improved.                                                                                                  5-Outstanding!




Good reports.                                                 N/A                                               5-Outstanding!
not much.                                                              na                                                5-Outstanding!

I think that the racers liked it better because it was more of a mt.
bike course                                                                                                              5-Outstanding!




Good course, but that the railroad tracks sucked                                                                         5-Outstanding!
my son like it                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!




Awesome!                                                               Awesome!                                          5-Outstanding!

Challenging, an improvement from previous years.                                                                                          4

                                                                       pretty cool. I like the variety and the length.
                                                                       The railroad tracks seemed like an act of
                                                                       desperation.                                      5-Outstanding!

I rode it, and it was much better. I would love a course that
incorporated all of the element this year, with a little less flat
road. I liked the urban assault element, and the road part that
was uphill was fine, but the less road the better.                     See above                                         5-Outstanding!
                                                                 Since this was my first year, I can't compare it to
                                                                 the previous course. That said, I particularly
                                                                 enjoyed the wooded section and field just past
                                                                 the airport. It made the course more fun and
                                                                 added some of the challenge that one expects
                                                                 on a regular singletrack trail. The urban assault
                                                                 section near Top Foods was entertaining, too.
                                                                 More of that would be great. The railroad tracks
                                                                 were interesting, but I can't say that I would care
                                                                 to ride them again.                                 5-Outstanding!


good feedback - much improved                                                                                      5-Outstanding!

I heard it was okay but kinda cheesey.                                                                             5-Outstanding!
It was better, but not like mountain biking on a mountain. It was
still boring, just a couple tough(er) things like deep mud. Just
adding length was good.                                           n/a                                              5-Outstanding!

Great improvement.                                                                                                 5-Outstanding!




That it is more challenging and geared toward mountain bikes.                                                      5-Outstanding!
                                                                 I liked the course. I thought it had good variety.
                                                                 The railroad part was not so great, it was kind of
                                                                 hard on the body! I would like to see mile
It was a good change from last year.                             markers on the mountain bike leg next year.        5-Outstanding!

It was hard.                                                                                                                           4

not much                                                                                                              5-Outstanding!
Better!                                                                                                               5-Outstanding!
                                                                 I did the Mt. Bike leg and as an intermediate
                                                                 rider, found it challenging but not overly so. I'd
                                                                 scratch the railroad ties next year for sure
It was challenging. A true Mt. Bike course.                      though!                                                               4




Something about a downhill course from mount baker.              N/A                                                  5-Outstanding!

Rough, yet fun                                                                                                        5-Outstanding!

Rough, yet fun                                                                                                        5-Outstanding!

Much Better                                                                                                           5-Outstanding!

That it was much more challenging then previous years and more
technical.                                                                                                            5-Outstanding!


Decent, needs to be more technical                                                                                                     4
                                                               I rode it the day before and thought it had a lot
                                                               of varied terrain but still not what is possible in
mostly good news about it being better and more challenging    this town due to its proximity to hills and
than before                                                    mountain trails                                       5-Outstanding!




We were new team, so comparison is not applicable.                                                                                    4




                                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!




good                                                                                                                 5-Outstanding!
good change                                                                                                          5-Outstanding!
good change                                                                                                          5-Outstanding!


Fun and Hard                                                                                                         5-Outstanding!




I heard it was more difficult but that was a good thing.                                                             5-Outstanding!




Pretty good, but it still needs to be switched with the run.                                                                          2
Nothing                                                                                                              5-Outstanding!
MOSTLY VERY POSITIVE FEEDBACK                                       5-Outstanding!




nothing                                                       n/a   5-Outstanding!

                                                                    5-Outstanding!

More Technical than before.                                                          4


challenging                                                         5-Outstanding!
Grueling                                                            5-Outstanding!
Grueling                                                            5-Outstanding!

quit complaining about the RR ties - just what I heard...no
experience. Also - FUN!                                             5-Outstanding!
                      It was really tough! The second meadow
                      meandered more than it needed to, and the
                      railroad tracks were totally unnecessary. It
                      added nothing to the race in terms of length. It
                      was too bumpy and there was no alternative to
                      move off the tracks or even let someone go
                      around you. It also gave me an incredible
                      headache that took all evening to go away.
                      Coming out of Hovander Park the trail markings
                      were not clear. I asked the volunteer which way
                      to go and his answer was not very clear. I missed
                      the turn into the back of the parking lot which
                      was very frustrating.                                                4




our biker loved it.                                                       5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                       4




                                   i wish i used a bike with no suspension (could I?)
still not a mountain bike course   not very technical. the railroad tracks sucked.    5-Outstanding!

                                                                                                       4
I heard it was challenging. I think I'll stick with the canoe.                                                                       4

                                                                 Pretty tame altogether. Very soft in spots. The
                                                                 old railroad section was an awful idea. Could
                                                                 definitely be more technical.                                       4

                                                                                                                                     4


                                                                 I thoroughly enjoyed the mountain bike leg.        5-Outstanding!

More difficult than last year.                                                                                                       4




Much more challenging, much more fun & longer...good job!                                                           5-Outstanding!




nothing really                                                                                                      5-Outstanding!

                                                                 it was way better than the past. You have to get
much better                                                      charlie back again next year.                                       4




                                                                                                                                     4
                                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!




good and bad.                                                                                                       5-Outstanding!
                                                                    Could have been even more technical. If the
                                                                    course is the same next year, I will set my bike
                                                                    up as much like a road bike as possible.           5-Outstanding!




                                                                                                                                        4
I was in it. I think less road would be great but understand this   The ladders were destroyed by earlier riders.
may be impossible.                                                  Maybe just eliminate them..                        5-Outstanding!




More like a Mt. Bike course.                                                                                           5-Outstanding!

                                                                    Railroad tracks were a bit much - otherwise
                                                                    good. Do the Saturday run-through!...                               4
All good things, except the bumpy tracks.                                                                              5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                       5-Outstanding!
our mountain biker did not like it                                                                                     3-Average

It could do without the railroad tracks.                                                                               5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                       5-Outstanding!
                                                                    The course (especially the railroad tracks) are
                                                                    much too difficult. I won't be able to do this leg
                                                                    again because of the difficulty of the new
                                                                    course.                                            5-Outstanding!


                                                                                                                       5-Outstanding!
5-Outstanding!
5-Outstanding!




                 4




3-Average
                                                                                                                1-Get new people in these positions
                                                                                                                                                      2
that it was still not in the mountains and was a bit odd                                                        3-Average

good things                                                                                                     3-Average

                                                                                                                                                      4
                                                                                                                                                      4
                                                           I did not like it. It was not technical, just hard
                                                           riding over grass and RR ties. Enough shaking
                                                           and rattling.                                        5-Outstanding!




                                                                                                                                                      4
                                                                                                                5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                                                      4
                                                                                                                5-Outstanding!
Good things.                                                                                                         5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!


                                                                                                                                      4




excellent-we have racers arguing who gets to do it next year                                                                          4

that it's a bit longer & more difficult                                                                              5-Outstanding!

                                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                     5-Outstanding!
My friend who raced the mountain bike course was quite
disappointed. It was mostly gravel with an annoying amount of
riding on railroad ties. Our idea was to move the run to the
flatter area where the mt bike was (saving runner's knees) and
make the mt bike more technical and fun by moving it further up
the moutain.                                                                                                         5-Outstanding!

good course...tough...bikes with shocks are ideal                  n/a                                               5-Outstanding!


our biker said he enjoyed the course, maybe a little on the easy
side. May need to be a bit harder.                                                                                   5-Outstanding!
                                                                   The rail road tracks sucked but everything else
I did it and loved it!                                             was great                                         5-Outstanding!


tough but folks loved it. train tracks were tough                                                                    5-Outstanding!
                                                                               5-Outstanding!

I heard only positive things-seems folks feel like it is more
mountain bike like.                                                            5-Outstanding!
I DID THE MOUNTAIN BIKE COURSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IT WAS
TOUGH BUT I LIKED IT                                                                            4


                                                                               5-Outstanding!
Longer                                                                                          4




I biker thought the course was not well established and needed
more work                                                                      5-Outstanding!
                                                                 Good course   5-Outstanding!
New and longer.                                                                5-Outstanding!




                                                                               5-Outstanding!


Great except for the railway tracks                                                             4




More challenging and fun, except for the rr tracks                             5-Outstanding!


                                                                               5-Outstanding!
They liked it.                                                                                  4

The railroad track bit wasn't a hit                                            5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!
It was a great improvement.                                                                                         5-Outstanding!




                                                                                                                                       4

That it was much more challenging.Our racer had a difficult time
hearing the numbers being called out at the river I believe
because of a hellicopter flying over head.                                                                          5-Outstanding!
                                                                                                                    5-Outstanding!




sounds like people liked it                                                                                                            4


                                                                   Aside from the section of tracks, I thought it was
                                                                   about as much fun as you can build into a course
Nobody cared for the railroad tracks.                              from Ferndale to the bay. Great job! Thanks        5-Outstanding!




I've heard that it was fantastic.                                                                                   5-Outstanding!

                                                                   way better than the old course. train tracks were
                                                                   tough near end. pretty fun overall. the more
                                                                   trails the better. great variety of terrain. kinda
                                                                   reminded me of when I was a kid and would ride
                                                                   around town all over backroads, parking lots,
                                                                   little sections of off road connecting to where
more off road, longer, more fun for the mtber's                    ever I was going. good job on improving the leg! 5-Outstanding!
Harder but very chalenging   5-Outstanding!
                             5-Outstanding!

                             5-Outstanding!
                             5-Outstanding!
                 4




3-Average
5-Outstanding!




5-Outstanding!
                                                                   Was there any area of the race in which you were            What do you think we could improve to make the 2010 race even
What are your thougts on the timing system used this year?         disappointed?                                               better?
                                                                   RADIO COVERAGE the coverage people didn't know anything
seems to work                                                      about the divisions, teams, or racers.                      better race coverage, actual time splits between teams
                                                                                                                               DO NOT CHANGE THE RUNNING LEG. Leave the perverse pleasure to
As a runner, stooping to swipe it across the finish at the DOT                                                                 us nut-case runners. Lodging discounts! Improved text messaging.
station is damn near impossible. I actually injured my leg this                                                                Mile markers at each mile along the race (running leg). Allow iPods
year doing this (my legs are so tired at this point, I've got no                                                               for the runners (at least). Real-time digital leaderboard at the finish
strength to stoop!).                                                                                                           line.
Good, BUT WE NEVER HEARD OUR NUMBER CSLLED ON THE                  Just the number-calling, sorry about the caps. Oh yeah, and
SKI SND RUNNING HAND-OFFS!!!                                       my time sucked.                                             Down hill running sucks on yer knees.
                                                                   I thought the criss-crossing of the XC Ski and DH was a bit
                                                                   less than ideal. I was a runner, so I just watched for any
Seemed to work well.                                               NASCAR-like carnage.
good                                                               nope                                                        we could win the Family event
                                                                                                                               Shuttle buses! Carpools; stick out your thumb to get up and down
                                                                                                                               the mountain. Make a blog to people can find a carpool. Cripe! Is
                                                                                                                               this the one event that makes the biggest carbon footprint to enjoy
                                                                   Getting racers to and from beginning and end. Geez! After the least carbonated part of the country?? Shuttle the equipment
Don't know. Didn't care. Others saw many flaws.                    all these years we can't have a shuttle??                   and the racers!

                                                                   i think the race is too competitive out on the various
                                                                   courses. I think the organizers of the race need to emphasize
                                                                   more the recration aspect and downplay the 'race' aspect for
                                                                   teams outside of the top 30. I did not see one smile on most see above for the overall tone of the event. and improve the MTB
mixed                                                              of the courses while participating and viewing                course as right now it is pretty weak.




Good - like the online reporting format                                                                                          switch Mtn bike & running legs


i liked it!                                                        NO, the whole thing is so well organized.                     have places to recycle our water bottles
Went well!                                                         None!                                                         Nothing at this time.
                                                                                                                           Having more medium shirt sizes available. All of the males on my
                                                                                                                           team requested mediums and recieved larges. They feel that they
                                                                                                                           are unable to wear these shirts often as they are so huge. We did
Worked well, no complaints                                     the beer garden ran out of beer before we got there...hahah register after may 1st though so I understand why this happened.
                                                               The kayak leg buoys were a bit off course from previous
                                                               years. The 3rd buoy was tucked back in a cove and some of
Good                                                           us backtracked to get to it.




                                                                                                                                Change the mtn. bike course-again.
                                                               The support crea (mainly kids) were not forceful enough. I
Fine, but dumb that you have to bend down...can that be        did the running leg and didn't get water forever at the          Fix the time chip thing, and get the volunteers to organize
worked on?                                                     end...that wasn't great either.                                  themselves at the end of the legs when racers need water the most.
                                                               It seems a shuttle could be provided for the first 4 legs to
                                                               decrease traffic. Also allowing road biker transportation to
                                                               stay longer or arrive a bit later so the bikers don't have to
Seemed to work well                                            wait so long.                                                    see last comment
                                                               The personal timing for Road bikers - how is a road biker in a
                                                               full sprint supposed to reach down and swipe the timing
It was bad                                                     chip????                                                         better timing systems....
                                                                                                                                Move the running leg to the flats and the mountain bike to the
Good                                                           Nope                                                             mountain

Our team followed the instructions to keep the timing chip low I was disapointed for having our times lost during the race
through the pillons yet half our teams times did not come      day. Two of us were Top Guns for our event but did not get       Keep all those wonderful volunteers, police support and add more
through at the results board.                                  recognized until an email a week later.                          post race events!
                                                                                                                             I would try and start a college division. We were from Oregon State
                                                                                                                             and I know I saw some teams from Washington and Washington
It was good. I think it would be a lot better if you could have a                                                            State too. Also one thing that I might look into is switching the
GPS system with the timing chips so you knew where your                                                                      running and mountain bikers leg. I know our runner is always
team was and could figure out how long you had.                   No                                                         hurting after that leg.

                                                                                                                             I would try and start a college division. We were from Oregon State
                                                                                                                             and I know I saw some teams from Washington and Washington
It was good. I think it would be a lot better if you could have a                                                            State too. Also one thing that I might look into is switching the
GPS system with the timing chips so you knew where your                                                                      running and mountain bikers leg. I know our runner is always
team was and could figure out how long you had.                   No                                                         hurting after that leg.
Poor                                                              timing                                                     more accurate timing




This was my first year, but seemed to work well.                 Nope.




                                                                 Well run race. I have done Hood to Coast for the past ten
The timing system seemed to work just fine.                      years, and would rate Ski to Sea higher in some aspects.    Hand out icepacks and ibuprofen at the end of the run :)

I thought that you could have put the readers on tables, so that
people didn't need to bend over to get the time. I saw this at I heard that the canoe finish was a bit clogged - perhaps a   Entertainment at boulevard park so that the kayakers and the
the stair climb in seattle, and it worked pretty well.           wider, less steep finish area would be better.              audience could be more pumped

N/A                                                              I could not find one thing to mention.                      Keep doing what you're doing.
                                                                WATER! It seems there wasn't any racer water station. In the
                                                                past there has always been water bottles available to any
                                                                one with a race number on. I could find any at the bike
                                                                finish and after riding over to marine park i was denied there
                                                                also, forced to purchase it form a vendor. Pretty lame, in the
worked well                                                     13 years I've competed this was the first time I let down.     Water stations!!! Keep the racers hydrated.

No comment                                                      I wish their were distance markers on all legs                Put distance markers on all legs

It seemed good, although it seemed like it took longer to get   There was no one minute warning for the start - I was caught Let the cars down sooner from the ski. We can't see any other parts
the results this year                                           off guard!                                                   of the race because we are stuck on the mountain

                                                                                                                              keep the beer garden open longer so participants can actually go
                                                                                                                              there and celebrate. also, the text updates is a great idea, but i didn't
good                                                            no                                                            get mine, and i signed up online with my cell number

                                                                                                                              keep the beer garden open longer so participants can actually go
                                                                                                                              there and celebrate. also, the text updates is a great idea, but i didn't
good                                                            no                                                            get mine, and i signed up online with my cell number
                                                                                                                              Allow aero bars for rec division. If people own them, best guess is
Perfect.                                                        No.                                                           they know how to use them.

                                                                Yes - the exit out of Hovander for Canoeists was rediculous.
                                                                Please hire an attendant to direct cars out (people kept
                                                                cutting-up through the field and we waited over an hour to Keep thinking of ways to do it with less driving...consider shuttles up
                                                                get out). Simply needs to be monitored and approached in a the mountain in buses, and perhaps shuttles to various race legs -
Seemed to work fine                                             way that is fair for all drivers.                            that would save a ton of fossil fuel and traffic.
                                                                                                                             change the running course! and put the mountain bike leg on the
just OK                                                         no                                                           mountain or hills at least
                                                                 As I'm sure you've heard before, the run is brutal, but not
                                                                 entirely in the way other cross-country running courses are.
                                                                 While I recognize that the run is a very convenient connector
                                                                 between the top of the mountain and the bottom, (that is,
                                                                 at least the steepest/longest section of the mountain) it is
                                                                 very damaging to the joints, as well as the legs in general. I
                                                                 believe that if the run was moved to a truer cross-country
                                                                 course, or at least a flatter one, that the field of runners
                                                                 would deepen dramatically, as all those runners who              It is my belief that if the run were moved, the ski-to-sea would see
                                                                 abstained from competing in the ski-to-sea due to the            more competitors as a result. I believe this because many of the
                                                                 nature of the current course, would change their minds and       faster runners in the community do not want to compete in the
                                                                 seek out teams (or start their own). As a runner, I was          running leg due to the amount of impact that one experiences over
It seemed effective to me, I was able to receive my time as well disappointed to find out that the run had gone back to the       the course of the eight mile, all-asphalt descent, and do not want
as those of my teammates and our place relatively soon after original course, as I had been anticipating the switch to a          this to ruin for them an upcoming season or summer training due to
the race.                                                        new flatter one.                                                 injury. Save some runners, move the running leg.

Worked fine for my snowboard leg. Seemed like our team had Getting down from Mt. Baker. It was a pain especially due to Communicate the travel down from Baker better. Maybe put out a
no issues                                                  the miscommunication between sheriff and DOT.                map where you can spectate different legs of the race.
Worked well and provided results very fast.




                                                                   The banning of ipods or music earbuds id ridiculous. it
                                                                   totally ruined my experience. many athletes need that
                                                                   music motivation! The mountain teams (XC, downhill, run)
                                                                   should have no safety issues related to ipods so maybe take
                                                                   a look at banning from the other legs that are on the road or
horrible...5 of our legs didn't get theitr time recorded because   may need to hear a whistle but let the other legs have it! I
of the "swoop low" issue.                                          will never race ski to sea again unless that rule changes.    the race is great but the no music needs to change!

good                                                                                                                              how about cutting about three miles off the cross country course :)

chips are great.                                                   tipping over in the canoe                                      provide me a kevlar canoe
                                                                    I was dissappointed in the leg I did. Going around the first
                                                                    turn of the race, somebody took me out and broke my ski
The timing system worked pretty well. Per normal, some              pole on the cross-country ski leg. I needed to do the rest of
people didn't do the monkey" but it worked out. Our team was the race with a broken pole. Other than that, though, it was
fine."                                                              great.                                                          A different start would be nice. The chaos is kind of frusterating.
                                                                    Yes, I wished the bay was rougher. It was way to smoothe!
                                                                    Okay, I only complain because I chose the wrong kayak
The new timing system seemed to work very well, no                  based on past years on this leg of the race, expecting it to be
malfunctions that I heard of.                                       rough! :)                                                       Nothing comes to mind.
                                                                    No the race in general was organized really well except for
I strongly disliked it. it was to easy to mess the race up.         the timing system, And the txting.                              You could fix the timing system and refine the txt results
Seems good, but also it appears that data in the web site
results don't fill in based on a single database. Is there a lot of Better organization for timing chips for the last kayakers in
manual entry?                                                       the water.
It was really frustrating to not know the times at the end of the
race. I understand that some of this was due to the internet
going down, but it took 4 days to get the correct canoe results
up. Also- don't hand out the Top Gun awards if there are any
doubts about who won!                                               The timing system was the only "not great" issue.               Not hand out individual plastic water bottles at the end of the legs.




Great...assuming your team members don't screw it up.              Nope.                                                           n/a
any way to make it so we don't have to swipe low? it makes                                                                         get off the mountain quicker? timing gates that don't have to be on
me nervous.                                                        getting off the mountain was slow, but i understand.            the ground?
                                                                  I was very disappointed that the mountain bike course was
                                                                  changed so drastically. Before this year I never thought that
                                                                  I was "good enough" to participate in the race and when I
                                                                  joined the team it was mainly because the mountain bike
                                                                  course had been "easy" in previous years. The training that I
Worked fine for me and my team.                                   did prior to the race in no way prepared me for the course.
                                                                  The text messaging is such a great idea but I was hoping that
I think the chip system did well and official results were online it would be instant. Getting the text that the XC skiier
in a format that I REALLY liked. It was easy to read and had all finished when our road biker was already started was a bit
of the info that is important to me.                              silly.                                                        Solo or tandem divisions? Switching the running leg somehow.


                                                                The harley davidson bikers weren't very enthusiastic this      We need one more water station around mile 6- there was no water
good                                                            year, didn't cheer much at all.                                after mile 4!!!!

                                                              Not really...our team was slow in finishing so we weren't at
It seemed to work okay. It gets tough with teams starting new the finish line festivities. I would have liked to enjoy more of
timing chips, etc. but it was handled well.                   that...I guess when I'm on a faster team I can!                  Add recycling containers. I didn't see any around.
                                                                                                                                 fairhaven is a little insane; could there be a kayak-only path to get to
fine                                                             nope                                                            the kayak parking? departing from hovander was also difficult.
                                                                 getting from the kayak start, where I dropped my wife off, to
seems all our times got in so I guess it works,                  Fairhaven for the finish

Better but still no there. Not sure why we have to bend down                                                                     Change the running course. Too many good runners don't do it
to swipe.                                                                                                                        because of the course.




Good- I will get the texting next year for my team. They wore                                                                    Sure wish we had our own beer garden to sit and relax in after. That
me out calling me about when so and so came in etc                                                                               one in Fairhaven is an animal pen

Great- As long as we all know more where the readers are and
where to put the bracelet. Some team members did not attend      Traffic coming dwon the mountain -I'm still an advocate of a
the pre-race meeting. Perhaps this could be better advertised    safe Mountain bike route down the mountain, thus freeing
on the web next year with graphics.                              up the road, and saving runners knees.                       Again, a mtn bike course on the mountain.
The system was great. I was confused about having to have the                                                                 Perhaps a separate area for participants to congregate after the
timing chip low to the ground at the start or only through the                                                                finish. Perhaps in the ferry terminal. It was very crazy down there in
transitions.                                                     Nope. It was all very nice.                                  Fairhaven at the end.

seemed to work well. our canoe and rd bikers times werent        Yes, but it was personal. Somehow pulled a muscle during        Maybe use a lit up board so racers can see when theyre teammate is
posted for a few days.                                           my leg. Otherwise the race is better than Christmas.            near. Announcing the numbers isn't very effective, too hard to hear.

Eh, it was ok but if you're going to spend the money get one
that does not have to be at ankle level.                         Train tracks! lol                                               Make the Mt. bike and Kayak legs longer.

nice to get the race times down at the park!                     not really; the t-shirts were very cool                         the x-c course was pretty technical; yikes!

nice to get the race times down at the park!                     not really; the t-shirts were very cool                         the x-c course was pretty technical; yikes!




Worked fine.                                                     Our mountain biker flatted twice.
It would be nice if you didn't have to bend down to make the      I did the road bike leg and my runner's number was never
chip read                                                         called coming down the mountain                                Additional points for numbers being called in case it gets missed
                                                                  Sound systems at Zuanich Point has "blind" spots and
Appears reliable and accurate                                     becomes erratic for waiting participants.                      Continue heavy emphasis of safety at mtn. bike to kayaker exchange
Not good, there should be RFID chips so we don't have to do
the monkey""                                                      no

seems good. I recommend that kayakers put the band on their
ankle, so they get the time, but focus on ringing the bell, which No. But on the up side, I really liked sending the last 15     Kayakers have a long wait - maybe something interesting to see or
is way more fun.                                                  teams out together when they were lagging behind.              do while waiting.
worked fine

                                                              I feel the end of each leg time needs to be the responsibility
                                                              of that racer. When the road bike comes in he/she needs to
                                                              cross the timing mark then pass off the timer to the canoist.
The timing was good and needs to be better. The timing people This should be the same at all legs. If you finish your leg your
seemed to work out the bugs in retriving data after the race  time should not be penalized by the person you are passing
but it needs to be faster                                     off too.

Awsome! I like that it showed what position the team was in at
each hand off!! Far better than previous years timing system!!                                                                   Long sleeve shirts


                                                                I thought that when we paid for the instant text message on
                                                                split times we would receive each persons split time on our
                                                                phone as it happened. I just received my own time which
I think the timing system isn't very reliable. I have seen many was a total waist because I already knew my time from my
other companies in triathalons and there are almost no          gps which was with me during the race. I was hoping to get
mistakes made. I think if everyone had their own chip on their each split time as it occurred so I knew how far out the team
ankle it would help with less mistakes. Maybe consider a        was before they got to my leg. I thought that part of the
different company. I have seen way too many mistakes in the race was a waist of money and won't do it next year unless it New timeing company and text for each leg to each member of the
last two years for the amount of money we pay for the race.     is specific on how it is going to work.                      team.
                                                                I thought that when we paid for the instant text message on
                                                                split times we would receive each persons split time on our
                                                                phone as it happened. I just received my own time which
I think the timing system isn't very reliable. I have seen many was a total waist because I already knew my time from my
other companies in triathalons and there are almost no          gps which was with me during the race. I was hoping to get
mistakes made. I think if everyone had their own chip on their each split time as it occurred so I knew how far out the team
ankle it would help with less mistakes. Maybe consider a        was before they got to my leg. I thought that part of the
different company. I have seen way too many mistakes in the race was a waist of money and won't do it next year unless it New timeing company and text for each leg to each member of the
last two years for the amount of money we pay for the race.     is specific on how it is going to work.                      team.
good                                                            no                                                           climbing leg

                                                               getting out of Hovander after the canoe leg was terrible --
                                                               much worse than in past years. Need "parking lot" signage
                                                               and attendants to move things along. We spent over an hour
                                                               without moving. Too many spectator cars mixed in with the
no problems, seemed to work well                               folks picking up canoes.                                    Mountain bikes on the mountain and runners on the flats.
Appears to have worked really well.                            No.                                                         Maybe an ongoing awards ceremony of some sort.


Very nice and easy to use.                                     none                                                       info boothes for first time racers
good                                                           no
Worked well.
                                                                                                                          offer water to the snowboarders at the top out the hill they hike up.
good, except our second racer (snowboard) did not get a time                                                              Ours felt like she was going to faint and was eating snow for water.
for some reason                                                                                                           That is unsafe!

It was pretty straight forward.                                No

                                                                                                                          my teammates mentioned the close traffic to the road bikes. I've
I wasn't sure my chip worked when I went through the gate (I                                                              seen similar cases when I've done the cross country ski in previous
was on the kayak leg). Need a louder beep or someone to yell                                                              years, maybe there's a way to keep traffic away from the road bikes
"good!".                                                                                                                  (i.e. one lane, re-route traffic, etc)?
Pretty good. Wish that you didn't have to go so low to make it
register. That works if you can put the chip on your ankle like
regular-non relay races                                         Please change the running course!!!                       Move the running course off of the mountain!!
Seemed to work just fine                                        no                                                          more accurate radio coverage??




Seemed to work fine.                                            No.                                                         NA

                                                                                                                            Everyone I talked to who used it said the text-message feature didn't
                                                                                                                            work well, and the crouch-n-go for the timing chips seems
We did the crouch-n-go, I swear! and we still didn't get road                                                               problematic. Any chance we could get the mountain bike leg on the
bike times.                                                     As always, it exceeded expectations. THANK YOU!!            mountain? or to galbraith? (If not, we'll still love the race)

Worked pretty well - took a long time to get final results and
quite a few updates of unofficial/incorrect times.
our team was very worried that our chip wasn't working
because our times weren't coming up, even after the race was
over. thankfully our splits were finally posted a couple of days
later.                                                           the timing
really good                                                      none                                                        find a mountain for the mountain bike leg!
                                                                 After getting handoff from Mt. Bike the run to my kayak was
                                                                 cluttered with spectators and made it difficult to get my
                                                                 kayak in water without waiting for people to get out of the
Great!                                                           way.                                                        See above
                                                                                                                             Parking was a mess, so bad that it was virtually impossible to
                                                                                                                             compete in a leg then go watch your teammate compete. It was
seemed to work fine. Was confused by unofficial and official                                                                 hard enough getting into Bellingham for the end after the canoe
times (shouldn't they be the same?)                              Parking                                                     race.

seemed fine to me                                               see above                                                   see above
                                                                                                                            making the run/mt bike switch would be fantastic if possible. would
seemed to work well, esp once glitches worked out in the                                                                    also be great to shorten the canoe leg, it's much longer than the
initial results postings                                        no                                                          other legs.
                                                                                                                                 Switch the run and mountain bike legs. There has to be a way to
                                                                                                                                 make a mountain bike course that goes down the mountain, and
                                                                                                                                 that would make the running leg WAY better since nobody would
Worked great, liked it a lot                                 It was cool                                                         need knee and shin replacement surgery after it finished.
Good. How come some splits weren't registered right away? I
like the fact that the splits were on the Ski to Sea website Nope. Letting the cars get off the mountain on time was
rather than somewhere else.                                  fantastic! Good move!                                           Establish a few bike tire repair stations along the biking routes.
                                                                                                                             In spite of the relative success of the mountain bike course, I still
                                                                                                                             think the big plan should be to get the course up to mt. baker, and
                                                                 Was hoping to get off the mountain sooner this year. Also move the runner to a flatter stretch. Also, at the handoff to the
                                                                 some serious tensions flared trying to leave Hovander Park. downhill skiier, the system for calling racer numbers was a little
worked well, the straps were easier to buckle and unbuckle       Next year at the park, better exit traffic control would be sloppy and difficult to hear. Possible to get a PA down there? (my
than last year.                                                  great.                                                      number was never announced)

                                                                                                                                 need to be more careful with the road bikers. on all of those windy,
need a better way to make sure people know where to put                                                                          narrow country roads, the road bikers were riding alongside two lane
their wrist bands... many people didn't know.                    nope.                                                           traffic. there were some very close calls.


                                                                                                                           To improve your near-perfect race...Make the cross-country race as
                                                                                                                           much longer as possible. To de-congest the start, issue team
                                                                                                                           numbers using 2009 X-C ski results and line up the cross country
                                                                                                                           skiers at the start of the race, fastest in the first row, next fastest in
                                                                                                                           the second row etc. Have the first hundred yards tracked until
                                                                                                                           skating starts and allow no lining up between tracked rows. Anyone
                                                                                                                           not lined up and in position by 3 minutes before race starts must
                                                                                                                           work their way into position from the back of the field, not jam
                                                                                                                           themselves into the front just before the race starts. Starting one
                                                                                                                           hour before the race, highly competitive skiers not racing in 2009
                                                                                                                           could be allowed to challenge the highest numbered skiers in the
                                                                                                                           front row (i.e. challenge the slower front row skiers) to race to a
I liked it. Hope you'll keep using it. I would guess that racers No dissapointments- Mel M. was extremely helpful with     point half way up the first hill. If a challenger fails to win, he starts at
and timers learned enough this year to make it more successful guidance for signing up our two teams at Janicki. Thank you the back of the pack!! I will still love this race even if you ignore my
in 2010.                                                         very much Mel !!!!                                        suggestion. Keep up the good work!!!
worked well for us, but it was too big for my wrist so I wore it   the cars were not let down the mountain at the time they
on my ankle which actually was recommeded to make sure             stated. I overheard it was a communication issues between Have more than one photograher. It's difficult to get a good pic
your the timing chip was recognized at the finish of your leg      law enforcement and ski to sea officials                  when there are a few racers together.

it seems to work ok                                                no
                                                                                                                                   The text messaging didn't work; any way to get it to work in at the
Fine                                                                                                                               run-road cycling exchange?
worked fine. Our team uses an old wristband from years past,
and attaches the timing chip to it... this might be good for all                                                                   I always dream about the run not being such a steep downhill... its
teams?                                                             just a little bit with the visibility of some of the handoffs   torture on the joints!
I swiped low, heard the beep, but still didn't get recorded
initially.                                                         Maybe the timing chip, but I always have fun.
Just fine                                                          Nope




                                                                                                                                   run the shuttle to Lake Padden more often and have people
none                                                               no                                                              delivered closer to their destination.

                                                                       Communication at the exchanges. Especially at Road
                                                                       bike/Canoe the announcer could not be found to update an
                                                                       announcement. The volunteers didn't know where the
                                                                       microphone was so we lost minutes while our biker looked
                                                                       for the canoe crew. The river bank was small this year
I like it. It's a little touchy, given the 3 foot rule but if you miss because of the high water, so not everyone could stand near
it just means you don't get data for that exchange so it's a good the exchange. If announcements could be heard at the area Beer at exchanges, more parking, less traffic through Bellingham (all
incentive.                                                             just upstream that would help.                              impossible but you asked).

worked fine                                                        shade for mtn bikers                                            Avisual board at transions. Might reduce late or missed hand offs

fine                                                               starting on time, HAVE A COUNT DOWN!!!!!!! 10 seconds           bus service for the mountain racers

Kind of a pain to have to do the "bend down". Saw some falls       Not me - I did the run and the kayak for two different          Sounds like some further tweaking of the mtn bike course, but that's
and injuries because of it (skis and runners)                      teams(not sure I was supposed to do that)                       pure second hand guessing here
the transition from x-country to downhill needs to be
improved...                                                      hand off requirements for the skiing events                   have a larger zone for the sensor to work in

Good


I guess it worked well enough                                    not really                                                    The running leg and the MTN bike leg.


raise the sensors so we don't have to bend over to get a time.   just the run                                                  design a new running leg

                                                                 I really miss the good coverage KGMI used to give the race.
                                                                 That really added to the excitment and community
                                                                 involvement. If they don't want to be that involved maybe     Get more radio coverage so teams could find out what is happening
Seemed to work okay                                              some other radio station would like to.                       at the top and spectators could get more involved in the race
                                                                                                                               Make the ski run steeper so snowboards are not at such a
Good                                                                                                                           disadvantage

Somehow our team got mixed up with another teams - still
needs some work                                                  nope                                                          I can't think of anything - get my canoer's down faster.

                                                                 The text messaging did not work well at all - was not worth
                                                                 it. We got very few messages until well after the race and
                                                                 we were not a top team - i actually assumed it was working
                                                                 and luckily called my runner thinking we had a mishap with
                                                                 our cross country skier bc i had received no texts and i
                                                                 reached out runner 10 seconds bf he started running.
                                                                 Toward the end of the day it worked for a couple stages but
                                                                 everyone on our team assumed we were way way slow bc        Text messaging - and closing the road later - seems very early closing
                                                                 there were no text messages (which means across many cell the road at 7:30 when the fasted teams don't come through until at
seemed fine                                                      carriers the system didn't work)                            least 2 hours later.

No complaints                                                    no                                                            not sure


                                                                 the aforementioned mt bike course and the new thing of        fix the mt bike course and hold the traffic coming down so that the
it was decent                                                    requireing runners to run on one side of the road.            runners can utalize the entire road
                                                                                                                                   It would be cool if there was a board that showed which kayakers
I haven't been in a legitimate race before so it was a new and                                                                     were out on the bay. It's really hard to see who all is out there and I
interesting thing to fear losing up on the mountain. I like that it                                                                think some sort of reader board would help teams know when best
helped maintain accuracy, definitely.                                                                                              to cheer.

Worked fairly well. We did not get texts from the early
legs...most were delayed so not really worth the extra cost.          Only the text system
Good

                                                                      I was disappointed that the cars were still held at the start Swap the mountain bike and run legs, open traffic from the start
Seemed fine.                                                          for a long time and that the canoe finish beach was so small. earlier.

Worked great                                                          That my team didn't finish higher                            Make text updates free

                                                                 I was a kayaker, and we met WAY to early. You told us to be
excellent                                                        there at 11, but i didn't end up leaving until around 3!!!!       Give approximate suggested arrival times.
just fine                                                        nope                                                              not sure, nothing really
                                                                 Results postings delayed and mixed up for a couple of days
Very good - despite having to "do the monkey." and the results after the race - isn't the winner and their total time declared     see above regarding results; larger beer garden - that was miserable
issues - see below.                                              at the finish?                                                    at best and borderline dangerous.
                                                                 yes the info on teammates coming into the passing zone was        It would be great if you could make real-time checkpoint info
                                                                 poor. At sea kayak we couldn't hear the numbers being             available on the net. So teams know where there members are. The
ok. but it is weird that the chip has to go so close to the mat. called.                                                           texting did not work!




Worked great!                                                       It was fun.
pretty good. thought that the results might be a little quicker
to get finalized. Noted that there was a result or two throwing
off the place of others. Ex) canoe leg in under 50min. don't
think so.                                                           no
It took a few days to get all of the times in but it worked well in                                                                It would be cool if you could find a way to let the other legs know
the end                                                                                                                            when the prior legs start
                                                                 I think the downhill run is always a disappointment for the
Good, it actually worked.                                        runners.                                                       Put the mountain bike race in the mountains where it belongs.

                                                                 I put up a web site for our team thinking it would be voted
                                                                 on in some kind of contest, but nothing is happening in that I create web sites for a living, and it was hard for me to figure out
Seemed to work                                                   regard.                                                      the software.
                                                                 transition area exchanges are being missed too often, even
seemed better than last year.                                    with experienced teams


                                                                                                                                The pre-race meeting for the Downhill was obviously geared with
                                                                                                                                the assumption that everyone had done this event before. Not that
                                                                                                                                it was over complicated, being a first timer, I followed the crowd and
                                                                                                                                figured it out. Whether it be during the pre-race meeting or on the
                                                                                                                                website, it would be helpful to communicate additional
Seemed to work fine.                                                                                                            guidance/information/tips that would be beneficial to first timers.




I would like the timing chip to be on elastic wristbands instead                                                                Better information about timing and what to expect for newcomers.
of Velcro. Velcro is difficult to pull apart when wearing gloves. Only at myself.                                               I was lost until I had time to talk with experienced people.

Chips seem to work pretty well. I didn't get any of the text
message updates I signed up for (only about 1/2 my team did).                                                                   Eventually gotta get rid of the downhill run. It just destroys people.

                                                                                                                               What about trying again to provide a bus for the racers to the
                                                                                                                               mountain? Or a bus for racers and their fans too? The perk of riding
Great - everything seemed to work well except for the internet                                                                 the bus would be you get to leave first and you don't have to deal
in Bham going down because everyone was trying to get on it.                                                                   with parking and moving a vehicle to get in line. It might keep alot of
The timing chip bands were better this year. The ones where                                                                    cars off the moutain. I hear this idea was floated a couple years ago,
you have to thread an end through are just way too difficult to Starting the cross country leg earlier is tough. We're already but as a racer for the last 16 years I sure don't remember hearing
use.                                                            leaving town very early!                                       about it. I think it's time to offer it again.
                                                                                                                               Let the cars down from the ski area earlier. I was a runner and
                                                                I could not find any water at the beginning of the kayak       having cars drive on one side of the road would not have bothered
The chip worked great.                                          event.                                                         me.
our braclet sucked, had to get *very* close to the ground        um, we brought the wrong canoe?                                let me win




Worked great, i didn't even bend down to swipe the chip (too
excited about starting my leg) and it still worked.              Still having trouble using the sign up system                  Further encourage "greening" the race.




                                                                 My friend lost her backpack at the bike leg - I was surprised a
Fine                                                             volunteer would take it with no good plan.                      switch the mt bike and run
HORRRRRRRRRRIBLE!!!!I watched my XC Skiier dip and hold his
wrist near his ankles when crossing the finish line to hand off to
me and we still wound up with NO time recorded! That REALLY
SUCKED!                                                            Timing Chips                                                 Fix or eliminate those timing chips.
                                                                    and the RR tracks -- were in fact somewhat technical. The
                                                                   course was good overall and I'm not suggesting making it
                                                                   easier. But some more truth-in-advertising about what        just so riders not comfortable with those obstacles can be
big chunks of concrete in Ferndale                                 constitutes "technical" would be good                        prepared."

Very simple.


It was my first year so I have nothing to compare it to.         no                                                             waiting to tear down before all the racers have finished!
They worked great.
It was weird that the road bike and canoe times seemed to                                                                          I couldn't see the hand gestures they were demonstrating for the
take a while longer to get up. It made me nervous that they                                                                        canoe leg, so it might be good to have a screen or other people
didn't get recorded, though I know I followed the instructions. The time for my leg. :)                                            showing what they were.
Liked it. I am sure no one wants to be the last one to leave a
leg.                                                            none                                                               Die hard Mt bikers say they want the Mt biker part to be on the Mt.
                                                                Waiting at the top of the mountain, but not much you can
great                                                           do.

my chip did not register, good thing I had my watch.              the last leg needs a bigger finish area.                         timing chips.

good                                                              no                                                               it is great as it is
                                                                  Could not hear the anouncements as xcountry skiers #'s
Love it. Much better than years past.                             were called.

                                                                  I had signed up for text messaging and didn't get the first
                                                                  text about the X-country skier finishing untill after the
really good- easy.                                                runner was halfway thru the run. The rest were delayed also.


fine                                                               no                                                              it's all good.
                                                                   we didn't get race updates on the cell phones untill much
no problem with it                                                 later after each leg was complete                               beer garden at finish line with enclosure
                                                                   There is NO real warm up area for the road bike leg. Also, if
                                                                   we must be on trainers to warm up, there should be an easy
Except for the 25% rate of no-records, I like the instant results. way to drop them off at the DOT station. Even just a 30         Do not expand the number of teams. The bigger this gets, the more
It's great to get online right aways and see how the team is       second drop zone. Carrying stuff from the parking lot is not    complicated the procedures and the more it takes from the fun. This
REALLY doing.                                                      acceptable.                                                     was my 28th, and 414 teams felt crowded.
                                                                                                                                   txt message thing was really really delayed and we only got one for
                                                                                                                                   the xc and never heard again.
                                                                                                                                   one suggestion - better signage on Mt. Baker Hwy when driving
                                                                                                                                   westbound near Nooksack bridge when road changes from one lane
worked fine!                                                                                                                       to two-way.
Yes -- for some reason a couple of our start/end times didn't
get recorded even though we made sure the chip was down
low as we passed through the timing gate.                      All was great.
problematic. will never know my bibke time because my
canoers weren't called and voluteers wouldn't let me swipe the
chip and couldn't seem to help me get someone to announce
my team number. was floundering around for quite a
while...very frustrating                                       see above


n/a                                                            no                                                           jr. race - have food waste bins well marked and available

old, somewhat finicky equipment, but the right idea            being stuck on baker until 11:30am                           long-sleve t-shirts
                                                                                                                            It's really hard to find your way between leg starts. It would really
                                                                                                                            help to have a good road map or driving directions.




outstanding                                                    see 3rd question                                             see 3rd question

They seemed to work great. Fast.                               Not making first place.                                      Advertise the Ski-to-Sea online forums more.
                                                               having to wait up on the mountain until all of the runners
                                                               started, this made it so you could not see any of the road   let cars go down from the top of the mountain sooner. cars in one
excellent, had results fast                                    bike.                                                        lane runners in the other.
                                                                                                                            Possibly make a table for finished racers to pick up their keys and/or
Easy to wear and simple to use. Gave me an uneven tan.        Negative.                                                     gear.

I thought it worked very well; all of the volunteers were doing a                                                       Again, i can't stress it enough, there needs to be at least a couple
good job of making sure everyone knew how to effectively get dissappointed would be to harsh of a word, however, i wish mile markers on the river for the canoe leg!!!!!! A half way point and
your time chip to register.                                       that there were mile markers on the canoe leg course. then a 2 miles to the finish line marker at the very least.

Great                                                         No                                                            Don't know

                                                                                                                            Help the radio station with coverage. Have a Ski to Sea staff member
                                                                                                                            on radio with them to help out. They really goofed the results all
                                                                                                                            day, wrong divisions, wrong team numbers. You couldn't make any
Much improved. Fewer problems, more reliable timing, and                                                                    sense of it. Also, most listening are friends, family, volunteers, and
easier to spot and fix errors.                                Where we finished! ;-)                                        teammembers, so more results, less blab about other stuff.

                                                              the lack of information available for a new team. it was hard
                                                              to get a clear idea of the time line, where people needed to
                                                              be, and how long each leg would take. also, before all the
                                                              racers were finished, the guys calling in the racers quite, as
                                                              they had to go to the main stage for the closing ceremony's.
                                                              the last 80 people or so are the ones who need to be
                                                              cheered on the most, they said they needed to use the PA       more information for first time racers. Mel was great getting back to
                                                              system, it was a bit tacky, and disappointing, i think each    me with my so many questions, but i am sure he has so many other
awesoem!                                                      racers should be cheerd on, to the very end.                   things to do.

                                                              the lack of information available for a new team. it was hard
                                                              to get a clear idea of the time line, where people needed to
                                                              be, and how long each leg would take. also, before all the
                                                              racers were finished, the guys calling in the racers quite, as
                                                              they had to go to the main stage for the closing ceremony's.
                                                              the last 80 people or so are the ones who need to be
                                                              cheered on the most, they said they needed to use the PA       more information for first time racers. Mel was great getting back to
                                                              system, it was a bit tacky, and disappointing, i think each    me with my so many questions, but i am sure he has so many other
awesoem!                                                      racers should be cheerd on, to the very end.                   things to do.
                                                                                                                             A better way of announcing the racers coming into the finish - it gets
                                                            Our team finished third in our division and the finish results   crowded at the x-county to downhill leg and it can be hard to hear
                                                            had us third, but when they announced teams at the finish,       the number called (also if, like this year, your team number isn't
                                                            we didn't get introduced (had us fourth). Would have been        called!). A readerboard with team numbers (like at the airport)
Seemed fine.                                                fun to go on stage since the whole team was there for it!        would be wonderful!




Timing fine. Text messages were very bad. Waste of money.
                                                            We subscribed to the text message system to deliver
Timing pads were too low - need to be waist height - but    messages when handoffs occured - this worked extremely           Timing pads at waist height and keeping the new mointain bike
results seemed to be processed faster                       poorly - hours late if at all                                    course
                                                            I wished the rec divisions had different color bibs. Hard to
Disappointed times for womens rec division were delayed.    know who your competition is.                                    Different color bibs for each division.




                                                            Sound system problems at the kayak start venue. Had I not
                                                            been stopping by the transition area for the upteenth time, I    I think that you will probably be in the process of nailing down the
                                                            would not have known that our team's mountain biker had          problems with the PA system that was used at Zuanich Park. Other
Our team had no complaints.                                 arrived.                                                         than that, everything was fine.
                                                            At the second water station on the run, the volunteers were
                                                            saying we had only two miles to go. NOT TRUE - more like
                                                            3.5. I knew better but I bet it messed with some peoples'
                                                            heads.                                                           On the run, you need more porta-potties mid-course.
                                                                                                                                  we stayed in the campground under Mt. Baker hill. Our bike and
It was OK, though if there was a way to allow racers cross the                                                                    canoe racers were not allowed to leave the camp ground, until the
line in a stand up position and a full speed, it would be more                                                                    upper road gets opened. This is not a good approach (they almost
accurate and convenient                                            no                                                             missed the start)




                                                                   Nope. Everything was awesome this year, unlike last year
Timing system seemed to work well, and most results were on when I felt compelled to complain about being stuck on the Allow people to walk and bike ride down the mountain before
the internet by race evening!                                      mountain.                                                9:30am.
I like swiping the chip over a table rather than having to drop it
to knee height                                                     Nope                                                     Nope

Worked well for us, but I heard about problems. You know, a
million stores fill their doors with ultra-responsive detectors. I                                                                I heard that the clustered start for the nordic people was a
don't see why it's so hard to get something you can just sprint I wish I had known that the bell cords had to be pulled down      headache. It should be possible to widen and lengthen the starting
through.                                                           hard. I didn't get a good ring.                                funnel.
Seemed to work fine                                                                                                               The takeout on the canoe leg was a bit cramped




It worked fine, but I can't understand how my unofficial and my
official rankings were more than 30 places off. It would be nice                                                                 It would be a lot more fun and a lot more festive if the festival was
if the unofficial results were more accurate.                                                                                    held closer to the finish line.
                                                                                                                                 1) A bus that takes skiiers to top of mtn. This would diminsh traffic
                                                                   Less snacks and treats at the end of my leg. Was hoping for a and help environmentally. 2) Work on the running leg; cant get
It worked well.                                                    power bar or something like that.                             people to do it twice, too hard on the body.
                                                                                                                                 1) A bus that takes skiiers to top of mtn. This would diminsh traffic
                                                                   Less snacks and treats at the end of my leg. Was hoping for a and help environmentally. 2) Work on the running leg; cant get
It worked well.                                                    power bar or something like that.                             people to do it twice, too hard on the body.
                                                                   Homeland Security helicopters flying over the canoe. Big
Good                                                               waste of money and very noisy. Not a good idea!               No helicopters!
I thought it was fine, but thought it was strange much some
teams times changed so much (almost an hour in some cases)
from right after the race to a few days later- which made me
question how accurate the timing system was. Overall, I didn't
have a problem, but would like to know if the bands the chips
are on are washed in between years.                            No disappointments.

I did the road bike and for the life of me I wish the finish line
time was not dependant upon the canoists. Honestly, it isn't
trustworthy. As seen before, my number was not called out
two miles out and I got two minutes tacked on to my finish
time because of that. As with the other legs, when you cross
the finish line my time should stop. Really.                                                                                          See comments above regarding the finish line for road bikes.

                                                                    My Kayaker did not get a second call of me coming into the
It seems to work good.                                              transition area so he was not ready.
                                                                    The road to canoe leg areas, there needs to be a more
                                                                    defined pedestriation viewing areas. I noticed several of the
                                                                    top teams getting held back by people trying to walk accross
                                                                    the transition area, etc. I'd be really annoyed if I were a top
                                                                    10 finisher.
                                                                                                                                      Can you please add some additional clarity as to what makes up each
                                                                                                                                      of the race divisions. Specifically, can't really tell the difference
                                                                                                                                      between competitive mixed, and rec. mixed. Looks like rec. mixed
Much improved over the mess last year.                                                                                                times were faster.

                                                                                                                                      I would like to see the cross country ski leg and down hill legs be
                                                                                                                                      revised to give the down hill racer more time on their ski's. If there
                                                                                                                                      was a train that the cross country skiers could work their way to the
                                                                                                                                      top of chair 8 and then the down hill skiers could ski down to the
                                                                                                                                      lower lodge or to the bottom of chair 3 and then run up to the upper
It worked good                                                      No                                                                lodge. Just a thought.
                                                                  I thought the text messaging would be immediate. I don't
                                                                  think I would pay for it again next year unless it sent the
                                                                  times immediately. I thought we could use it as a way to
No complaints. I did the race last year and I think the timing    know about where our team was in the race, but it was         I know you've been trying to do this for years, but switch the
system was the same. I don't know of any other way.               delayed by at least an hour.                                  mountain bike and the running legs.




                                                                                                                                More techanically challenging mtb course
n/a                                                               No                                                            No suggestions
                                                                  The porta potty was located across the handoff path at
                                                                  Hovander Park. It was a pain to stand in lane across from
                                                                  the path and make sure when the potty door opened that a
good                                                              cyclist wasn't taking off.                                Porta Potty at the Mt. Bike Leg

                                                                The traffic leaving hovander park was the only struggle for
I thought it was good except our cc skiier listened well to the our team. when I finished my mt bike course noone was
directions and did as he was told yet his time was not recorded there to get me because I came in before my ride got out of
for some reason.                                                hovander park.                                              just the traffic issue a little clearer.

This was my first time, but it seemed good.

                                                                  There needs to be, and i mean NEEDS to be water available
                                                                  on the downhill ski/snowboard section. I was in shock that    make water more available through the course (not just after you
great                                                             there was none available - its quite a serious health risk!   finish a leg)




It was great.                                                     nope

                                                                                                                                The text messaging function did not work well. We had hoped to
                                                                                                                                utilize it so that our racers waiting for us had an idea of when each
                                                                                                                                leg of the race had been finished, and how much time they had left
It worked great, we didn't have any problems with getting our                                                                   to wait, but the texts didn't come in until 2 hours or more after the
times recorded. Although, it was a bit difficult having to drop it                                                              racer had finished, received many many extra texts, and lots of blank
so low to the ground.                                              No                                                           texts as well.
it's what all the other races are using, it's nice to be able to get
accurate up to the minute splits. Many family members
followed online throughout the day.                                  nope.




Great layout for results; final results were posted fairly quickly
to the web.                                                        Split times didn't get texted very quickly.
                                                                   The numbers needed to be consistently read or none at all.
I was frustrated the did not read our team number to prepare We missed 4 handoffs due to announcers not annoncing our
us for the handoff.                                                team number.




                                                                                                                                The text messaging/e-mail notification system during the race could
I dropped from 130th (unofficial result) in the road biking leg to Our kayaker had to perform a rescue on another kayaker       be improved. It seemed like many of the times filtered through after
199th (official result) and was wondering why there was so         that had a panic attack and she lost time by being a good    our team had actually finished. Interesting concept but needs a little
much swapping around with chip timing at the event.                samaritan.                                                   more work to perfect it.
Worked well. I




                                                                    Lady at the start of the race with the megaphone was super
Worked well mostly.                                                 bitchy, unnecessarily so I thought.                        Switch the mountain bike and running legs around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                 For those of us who come from out of town it would be nice to have
                                                                                                                                 road markers or maps to direct members of our team to each leg of
It is okay. As a road biker I wish the timing piece was part of a                                                                the race so we can follow our other team mates. For example signs
sweat band we could easily slip on our wrists.                      No...it is well run.                                         in Everson directing people to Bellingham.
seemed to work but this is my first year and have no frame of
reference

                                                                                                                                Ask volunteers to provide instructions, but not advice on how to
                                                                                                                                navigate the course, esp canoe. Reading the river is a skill to be left
Marginal. Dislike holding chip low. Can't believe how wrong                                                                     to participants. Ask safety and photographer boats to not make
preliminary leg results were, and how long it took to straighten                                                                wakes, and safety kayaks to stay out of the way on inside turns.
out and make official.                                           Kayak bouys along Marine Park were different.                  Helicopter over canoes on river was too close.

                                                                                                                                The sound at the kayak leg was poor at times so the numbers of the
It was great. I really liked the almost instant results.           Drafting should not be allowed at all in the kayak leg       teams couldn't be heard very well.

                                                                   the announcing of incoming bikes at the kayak pass-off:
                                                                   there was only one announcement per bike/team - no five
                                                                   minute announcements. considering the P.A. system broke      I also thought that the kayak course was not as well marked as the
                                                                   down a couple of times, and there were dead-zones, I would   past 12 years. The main change was the red balloons that were
                                                                   bet there were a record number of missing/late kayakers at   floating near the turns. They were blue this year & perhaps smaller.
The results were posted faster than I can recall ever before.      the pass-off.                                                Couldn't see them until it didn't matter.

                                                                                                                                Better access to the road bike course because they wouldn't let our
Bracelets worked great!                                            My # wasn't called until my racer had already finished.      rider drive or bike to the start.
                                                                                                                                would like to see a water station on top of the mountain for the
seemed to work fine                                                never did receive the text messages for race progress???     "uphill climbers" before their decent

hard to know if your swipe registered or not                       I did not win it all! Other than that absolutely nothing.    can't think of a thing
                                                                                                                                Announcing is still a little off at the kayak leg. I only had 30 seconds
                                                                   Texting. I got 5 texts about the runner and none about the   to meet my biker. Post someone up the trail farther with a radio
Pretty good                                                        Canoe until I was out on the kayak leg.                      maybe?
Seemed to work well to me                                          No                                                           Beer sponsor for finish?




Probably as smooth as it could possibly go considering the                                                                      The radio coverage I think is still poor. No coverage of the road bike?
logistics of the race. Maybe post more results with signs saying                                                                There is a break in the coverage of an hour from when the runners
"Mtn Bike Results" and "DH Ski Results" to quicken the process                                                                  finish and the canoe begins. Many of us not on the mountain depend
of checking results. Many people were just squinting their eyes                                                                 upon the radio as well as really enjoy listening to how our team is
from five bodies away to see what results they were looking at.                                                                 doing!
like the timing idea. Having to remember to lower the band   Not being able to hang with other team members to watch
across the finish line a small pain.                         because of road closures, etc.                                riverside beer stands to power up half way down.

                                                             Our road biker didn't make the road closure. She wasn't
Seemed to work fine                                          allowed to cycle to the DOT station...she was willing.
I liked that the last racers were sent ahead before their
teammates showed up for the exchange; we didn't have to
wait out on the course for the last few racers.              No                                                            ?


worked fine                                                  no




Chip timing is the only way to go.                           No.


recommend elastic bands rather than velcro                                                                                 it would be nice to have a profile of the race legs

                                                             Not enough crowd control at the Bike/Canoe exchange.
                                                             People were walking around in the exchange zone as
                                                             athletes tried to reach their canoe. PA system was not loud
It seemed to work fine.                                      enough to hear the numbers being called.                      Figure out a way to eliminate the downhill run.
                                                             Cars were supposed to be released from the mountain at
Love it                                                      9:30, but it was more like 11:00                              See above.
                                                             Our Road Biker got hurt because someone with a bike
                                                             wak=lked right infront of her. Their shoud be a greater
                                                             distance and more volunteers telling the finished rider to
OK                                                           keep moving out.                                              the above.
                                                             Our Road Biker got hurt because someone with a bike
                                                             wak=lked right infront of her. Their shoud be a greater
                                                             distance and more volunteers telling the finished rider to
OK                                                           keep moving out.                                              the above.
Worked well                                                  no
                                                               difficult to get down off the mtn. after the downhill ski. i
                                                               wanted to see my wife finish the 8 mile run, but was unable
very good                                                      to get down                                                  possibly letting more people off the mtn earlier

                                                               the "meeting" for the road bikers was delayed and then it
Much better                                                    was really just "be safe" and not worth attending.            would be nice if the road bikers didn't have such a horribly long wait

very good                                                      nope!                                                         more pictures of participants

very good                                                      nope!                                                        more pictures of participants
                                                                                                                            Release the cars at the top of the Mtn. sooner. Also, the radio
                                                               Not releasing cars to go down hill. It was disappointing not coverage is not good. The announcers never can get past the top 12
                                                               to be able to see the runners and to have to make a frantic teams. In years past (5 yrs ago) the coverage was much better as far
Good, better than past years.                                  dash to the canoe/Mtn. Bike exchange.                        as updating team standings.
                                                               the police officer who would not let our cyclist up the      inform volunteers and security more about what is okay. Mile
poor, our timer did not work.                                  mountain to start.                                           markers on the river would be nice
                                                               The shore on the river at the canoe moutain bike hand-off.
Good, but we paid for the text messages and i never received a That's the best hand-off but there was nowhere to watch!     Fix the text messages, increase the shore area at the canoe-mt bike
single one aside from the 'test' text the day before.          The shore was washed out.                                    handoff.
                                                               The shore on the river at the canoe moutain bike hand-off.
Good, but we paid for the text messages and i never received a That's the best hand-off but there was nowhere to watch!     Fix the text messages, increase the shore area at the canoe-mt bike
single one aside from the 'test' text the day before.          The shore was washed out.                                    handoff.




                                                                 Not really. At the exchange between canoe and mountain
                                                                 bike legs, there were way too many people crowded around
                                                                 the trail where the mountain bike started. I had to run past
I thought it was fine. I noticed that a few of my friend's teams the crowd (about 30-40 yards) just to get my bike. There
didn't receive times for certain legs, but that was probably     was a volunteer trying to keep people back off the trail,
their fault for rushing through the exchange, or not paying      however, it would be nice if there was a line the crowd could
attention to the instructions. My team received a time for       not cross, with a lane in front of that line reserved for on  Nothing specific comes to mind. My only frustrations were due to
each leg, so I am happy with the system.                         deck" mountain bikes."                                        large crowds, but a large crowd is part of the experience!
Seemed fine.                                                     That we didn't win... Just kidding.
good system                                                      posting of results slow
Great. Worked well                                               Beer garden was closed when we finished.
crazy. timing chips are used everywhere that don't require     8:30 is already a very early start given how long it takes to
bending over and dragging across the finish line. everyone     driver to mt. baker race morning, warmup, etc.. Please keep start the race at 8:30, not 8. also, allow people off the mountain
should have their own modern chips                             the original 8:30 start time and not change to 8am.           earlier so they can watch their team race.

Worked fine for me, seemed pretty standard.                    No.                                                           Bring back this year's weather!
                                                                                                                             One more set of speakers in the Mtn. Bike staging area. I was kinda
fine, no comments                                              nope                                                          hard to here the canoe number being anounced.

                                                               Finding locations.. needed more maps w/ driving/parking
Very easy. Results were online amazingly fast!                 directions                                                    more maps w/ driving/parking directions




                                                               there were lots of volunteers who worked on the mountain
no problems                                                    bike course that got no recognition.


                                                               I was hoping the text messaging system would be much
It seemed to be better. We didn't have times for our road bike quicker. It took over an hour to get the messages and I didn't
or canoe for several days however.                             receive them for every leg, and I got some duplicate ones.     Have the text messages go out ASAP after each leg.




                                                                                                                             Seemed to work better although our skiers seemed to have some
people just need to prepare for a challenge."                  5-Outstanding!                                                problems since there were no times registered.
                                                                    I was disappointed that there were no awards for individuals
                                                                    in their divisions. For example, I won my divisioni n the
                                                                    mountain bike portion but there is no recognition. I do
                                                                    understand it is a team race, but occasionally the abilities of   Wow, thats a tough one. I thought, for a race this size and complex,
                                                                    one individual are not the same as the rest of the team, and      there is nothing anyone could do better without an infusion of
                                                                    it might be a good idea to reward individual efforts as well.     serious cash. I felt the safest out there I have felt in my 7 times doing
I thought it worked extremely well. I have experienced chip         For example, my team came in somewhere around 360th               this race, so I dont think that needs to be improved. I honestly do
timing for 10 years and I always have felt it is superior.          overall. But I was 32nd. Ouchy.                                   not know.

                                                                                                                                      Get runners off the highway. Either switch legs or use a trail for the
It worked well.                                                     The weather. Just kidding.                                        runners.
                                                                                                                                      better system for keeping people informed about racer status during
worked great                                                        nope                                                              race

                                                                    The festivities in Fairhaven are fun as usual, however racers Coordinate with Fairhaven street fair to either order more beer and
Difficult for cross-country skier to see the finish line and bend   rarely get to enjoy them. The beer garden goes dry about 4- start things just a little bit later so racers and families can join in the
down to swipe their wrist band                                      4:30 every year about the time racers get to go up there.     afternoon




                                                                                                                                      put more information on the website as far as fine details. make the
worked fine                                                         no                                                                "mandatory" racer meetings closer to the actual race times.

                                                                                                                                      change the run to a trail run and not make it all down hill. you will
Seemed great to me                                                  nothing that I can think of.                                      attract better runners if you can at least make it a flat course.
                                                                in the downhill section of the race too many racers crowd
                                                                the exchange area even though many are not going to be
                                                                getting the exchange for some time. I think it would be
                                                                beneficial to all in that leg if those had a rough idea when
                                                                their racer would be coming in so as not to crowd the area
                                                                unnecessarily. I realize this is hard to control but it would
                                                                make it better for those in the downhill leg as far as the
ok                                                              transition goes.                                                As stated above.


Great.                                                          No.                                                             Nothing.
                                                                Only in that they missed our canoe team coming down the
                                                                river so we got no "10 minute warning" and lost about 5         Maybe figure out a way to get the mountain bike and runners finally
Timing was good, well organized.                                minutes in the shuffle.                                         switched...
                                                                The Boy Scout dad's at the take out need to calm the fuck
                                                                down and let a kayaker get both feet out of the boat before
I don't really care about my time.                              they pick it up. My ankle still hurts.                          A better P.A. at the marina.

Good. I think text messaging could use some improvements        waiting on top of mountain before we could head down            earlier release of cars down mountain


                                                                I wish there was some way to monitor the craziness in
                                                                Fairhaven. It is too crazy for racers. I wish there was some
                                                                way to make it easier and mellower for actual racers to go
Seemed like there was a lot of confusion, which led to changing support their kayaker at the finish. I made it but it wasn't    Brainstorm above. I think of ways and let you know of solutions as I
results.                                                        that enjoyable.                                                 have them.

great                                                           it was our first time, so I can't compare to previous years     not sure
squatting to record time is uncomfortable                       no                                                              a timing system at waist/arm level

                                                                                                                                The mob scene that the kayakers confront at the finish is laughable.
                                                                                                                                you should rope off a lane so that kayakers can carry their HEAVY
                                                                                                                                boats away unfettered by bewildered drunks and moms with double-
                                                                                                                                wide strollers blocking their way.
                                                                                                                                Consistent format for calling team numbers. It was confusing to hear
                                                                                                                                3-1-5, 2-1-7, 1-2-5 Vs. three hundred and fifteen, two hundred and
                                                                                                                                seventeen, one hundred and twenty five. The first method made it
                                                                                                                                hard differentiate between team numbers. I can't think of anything
Flawless! Worked well for our team. All legs timed perfectly.    None                                                           else to improve the race.




                                                                 no, though we wanted to have more than 25 characters in        someday it would be great to have the runners off the mountain and
worked just fine; easy                                           our team name.                                                 get the mtn bikes up there, but not riding on the road.
Need a system that does not require less than 1.5 ft off of      Extremely difficult leaving Hovander park. Very, very long
ground. Great to have entire race placement position after       line of vehicles. Stressing to get to finish line in time at   Lower the cost to participate. For the non-wealthy, it is becoming
each leg.                                                        Fairhaven.                                                     more difficult.

There was a big disconnect between the unofficial and official                                                                  Better outline of tv. Each leg of the race. I was the roadbike leg and
results.                                                                                                                        didn't really know what to expect as far as elevation changes etc.

There was a big disconnect between the unofficial and official                                                                  Better outline of tv. Each leg of the race. I was the roadbike leg and
results.                                                                                                                        didn't really know what to expect as far as elevation changes etc.

                                                                                                                                Any way to have the shuttle bus be able to drop people off closer to
                                                                                                                                the finish line? We parked at WWU and road the bus, my 77 year
Worked fine as far as I know.                                    No                                                             old mom had a hard time getting back up the hill.
                                                             Text messaging. In theory a great idea but turned out to be
                                                             TOTALLY useless and with mutiple duplicate messages that      The plastic kayak tent signs - get rid of them!!! The hand written
The whole bending down to swipe was really dumb. There is no will increas my phone bill dramatcally. We should get a       numbers were impossible to read, the sun heated the duct tape up
reason why the timing sensor can't be placed vertically.     refund.                                                       and some of the signs slid flat on the kayak deck.

fine, timer readers could be more present and beep when they
are read                                                     no                                                            More Beer Gardens, especially at Mt. Baker and the finish line.




                                                                                                                           I thought it was pretty good. I'm sure people on different legs of the
I thought it was fine.                                         No                                                          race have different opinions. I did the XC ski and I had a lot of fun.

The tags were a good idea but the hand off and then running
required stooping right after stepping up onto a curb on the   Not allowing K1s even though the bay was perfectly flat. I
kayak leg. Perhaps some sort of chest height reader could be   know safety reasons were cited but the conditions couldn't
used. Perhaps the standard ground reader could be put on a     have been better. In K1, I could have gone almost 4 minutes
table where the chip could be waved over.                      faster.                                                     Timing chip reader placement.
seemed fine                                                                                                                new running section
                                                                being stuck up on the mtn and not knowing what was            Beer garden at finish line! Want to celebrate and watch for our final
                                                                happening w/ the rest of the team                             teammate
                                                                out times didn't record on he x country ski leg or down hill.
                                                                that was a bummer maybe it has a hard time with too many
it was fine                                                     people at once??
                                                                out times didn't record on he x country ski leg or down hill.
                                                                that was a bummer maybe it has a hard time with too many
it was fine                                                     people at once??
This was my first year It was much like a marathon to my
understanding but I was confused as to where the time
recording happened on the snow                                  no                                                            Better beach at the canoe finish so spectators can see them pull in.

Worked fairly well, a pain to have to stoop down so low.        No
Horrible. When we went to the finish to get times, their system
was down. when looking on the website, some times didn't
make sense                                                      timing and reporting of results                               see above




                                                                                                                              The split times were not txt messaged in a timely manner. (First year
                                                                                                                              - am sure it'll be tweaked and improved for next year.) Also: Please
                                                                                                                              use alternate wording to clarify what is meant by a Veterans" divison
Worked well for us.                                             No. Kudos to you all!                                         team. The current wording has two sentences
                                                                  Our kayaker was unannounced when he approached the
                                                                  finish, we all missed it. Race coverage on the radio was
                                                                  uninformative and ended very early. Needs to be easier to
                                                                  switch racer disciplines around (for example, we signed up
                                                                  our road and mountain bike racers but they switched due to
                                                                  equipment and ability concerns... yet we were unable to       Mountain bike course should be on the mountain. Our team always
Put the sensors up higher.                                        change names in the registration.)                            says switch the run and mountain bike sites.
                                                                  Getting of the mountain continues to be a problem. Having
                                                                  each team take vehicles up there just doesn't work. The       Logistics are terrible difficult. The traffic on the mountain is a
                                                                  event may be too large. Perhaps you should consider buses.    travesty. Also, the XC Ski cours is too tough for recreational
Seemed to work pretty well. Encourage skiers to where the         This may be the element that kills the race in the years to   competitors. It really caters to the competitive teams. You need a
chip on their ankles.                                             come.                                                         flatter course.

The timing and results have a great deal of room for
improvement. I am sure that the majority of athletes in the
race felt things were fine or even good, but for the competitive
types who care there continues to be much disappointment
and I have to say it limits the professionalism and quality of the
race. Email is not the place to discuss these issues. There are a
number of us who could help improve the timing and results.
Contact me if you are serious about making improvements in
these areas. Steve George 966-2100                                 Timing and results                                           Timing and results




It works. Doing the "monkey" to trip the chip was weird - I did   Yes, I needed a big bandage to cover the snow rash" from a
not remember to do this but fortunately it timed me anyway.       fall                                                          but there were only small bandages in this little tiny first aid kit."

seemed good, a few hickups in the system, but more accurate       waiting to get down the mtn. i know this has got to be
per leg.                                                          tough, but the wait made a long day even longer.            switch the run/mtn bike legs
                                                                  would have been nice to have snacks for the road bikers who
worked well.                                                      have to wait several hours in the cold.

Sucked. I was issued a new chip at the start of the road leg.
Apparently nobody wrote down the number before telling me
to go. The rest of the legs recieved no times. Major bummer See above                                                           See above
Sucked. I was issued a new chip at the start of the road leg.
Apparently nobody wrote down the number before telling me
to go. The rest of the legs recieved no times. Major bummer See above                                                            See above
                                                               my bib number was not anounced at the bike/canoe
my personal results were delayed a couple days, but other than transition so my canoeists were not ready for me. cost 3-4
that, no complaints                                            minutes.                                                          real-time online split times?

it is very confusing to try and figure out how the unnoficial                                                                    have a more accurate way to figure out where people place while
times could be so wrong.                                                                                                         the race is occuring
                                                                  Too much traffic/congestion in Fairhaven and on the
fine                                                              mountain.                                                      Buses to get racers/spectators up and down mtn
Was it different? Seemed to work.                                 No.                                                            Longer XC course.




                                                                  the canoe finish was cramped this year, not as exciting as 2
                                                                  years ago, but we were still able to squeeze through to see
seemed to work just fine.                                         our team come in.

Didn't like having to bend over to scan, watched several
mountain bikers set off without scanning, people tried to call                                                                   Water stations at the finish, I ran around all day after doing the
them back but they didn't hear in time to turn around.            The finish area wasn't any fun.                                downhill portion, and was really dehydrated by the end of the day.
                                                                                                                                 It would be awesome if the mountain biking and running legs were
                                                                                                                                 switched so that the mountain bikers get to have a real mtb course
It was really frustrating. My time never showed up for the                                                                       downhill and the runners could have a normal running route that
downhill ski portion, so I never really knew my official standing. The timing was the only frustrating part for me.              isn't down a mountain pass.
worked great                                                       no
                                                                                                                                 Traffic control at the canoe take out. Don't let in non-competitors.
                                                                  Overall organization. It reminded me why I haven't done ski Traffic was an absolute nightmare and serveral fights nearly broke
                                                                  to sea in the last 7 years. So see you again in 7 years when I out in front of us. Create an ironman ski to sea division with a few
It was okay                                                       forget again.                                                  less legs I guess.
It was good.                                                      Nope.
Fine, but I wish there was a way to modify the sensors so you
don't have to remember to bend down to swipe the chip. Or
maybe some sort of limbo stick that each racer has to go under Nope. This was our 2nd year doing it, and was soo much
at the timing station.                                         smoother and figured out"."
worked fine                                                      no                                                            can't think of any

                                                                                                                               flipping the mtn bikes with the runners and more fast food served by
worked well for us                                               not enough hot dog stands on the road bike course             bikini clad females

great                                                            Nope                                                          Nothing I can think of
                                                                                                                               better designed posters. tshirt much better than last year. no more
good                                                             NONE                                                          wierd looking people!

Perfect!                                                         Nope

it seems good
It works very well, except having to drop the chip low. In the
heat of the moment it becomes a smaller detail you have to
remember                                                         Nope!                                                         Nothing. Great Job!


Seemed good                                                      Damn helicopter!!!!!                                          No Helicopters, Greener, Greener, and Greener

worked well for me                                               no                                                            It would be hard to beat this year!!!
                                                                 Our team number was not called at the Canoe exchange (I
                                                                 can understand that - it was jumbled). The Traffic getting
It worked great for me                                           out of MT bike was tough.                                     I'd like to be able to drive less / have reduced traffic.




                                                                 The release of the cars from the mountain.
                                                                 the sheriff had a water craft on the river that was unaware
worked for us                                                    of boats and the effect on them                               discuss course etiquet
                                                 I know you tried to get us off the mountain earlier this year,
                                                 but it still felt like a long wait. We got to go at about 10:45
No problems. Seemed like smooth sailing to me.   a.m.                                                            Let cars start down Mt. Baker Hwy. earlier.

                                                 Our team was not announced between the bike and paddle,
It worked great                                  so we lost a bit of time, but I am sure it is pretty hard! Not sure?

                                                 YES. The end of the road bicycle race was not clear so I had a
                                                 major accident with a pedestrian crossing my path as I was
                                                 crossing the finish line. No volunteer officials were clearing
                                                 the path for me. I ended up with stitches and waiting for 6
                                                 hours in the ER hospital because of your lack of volunteer     Make certain the end areas of each leg is well monitored and clear
O.K.                                             attention at the end of the race.                              for the racers to finish safe and sound.
                                                                                                                Still could use a better mountain bike course. Would prefer the mt.
                                                                                                                bike to go down the mountain and the runner to run in the mt bike
Worked for us.                                   No                                                             place.
Seemed to work well                                                                                             More pictures of racers
                                                                                                                           Improve/expand alternative transportation. 11th is so congested,
                                                                                                                           can anything be moved to the Haskel lot. I'd also like to see
                                                                                                                           equipment specific vendors at the event. You have this race with all
                                                                 The booths were kinda lame and the music wasn't my style, these fantastic bikes, boats, skis and your vendors are selling home
The best so far. It would be nice not to have to lower the chip. but that's mostly personal preferances.                   crafts. Thanks for bringing Brunk back.


Good system!                                                   My time:O)                                                   Nothing off top my head.

Racers having to crouch when crossing a finish line is BS. Get a
new timing system with sensitivity to capture racers in an       Not getting down the mountain in time to see my            Get a better timing system that doesn't require racers to crouch
upright position without making them crouch.                     teammates put the canoe in the river.                      across transition lines.
little difficult to remember to stoop at the end                 nope!
                                                                                                                            Mark the downhill course turns better by placing arrows well in
                                                                                                                            advance




OK - same as last year, new team members have hard time to
understand it has to be low to the ground - please improve!                                                                 Timing technology - use a full gate instead of mats!!!!
Getting better each year... the missing splits were a bummer       Volunteer on running course told me two more miles to go...
but glad it was eventually worked out.                             it was actually 4!!! Impacted my pacing on the course.
It worked well                                                     The results changed a lot in the end

fine...?                                                           nope                                                          i dunno...it was great!

worked fine for us - maybe you could put the sensors on a
table so people don't have to bend down to register
                                                                   They did not call our canoe # at the Ferndale bridge. This    Remove train track portion of Mtn Bike course. Require Veterans
                                                                   caused problems for us.                                       competitors to all be 50 +.

                                                                   We were very excited about the texting, which had many
It must have worked well, since we all got a time and no           kinks...but, we know it was the first year of it, and look    See above answer. Its been great to see the willingness to improve
transition issues!                                                 forward to getting those kinks fixed for next year!           year after year. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                 You should let the cars leave the run/bike leg as they get done with
                                                                                                                                 the run/bike exhange. This way, many of the cars are clear of the
                                                                                                                                 bike course before the masses hit the roads. Currently, you hold the
                                                                                                                                 cars till the ski traffic comes down. Now you have bike traffic, run
                                                                                                                                 traffic AND ski/volunteer traffic all on the roads simultaneously.
                                                                                                                                 Therefore, let the runners get their cars off the hill immediately as
                                                                                                                                 that will reduce auto conjestion by 300 cars.I would like your
Better than normal                                                                                                               thoughts on this. Thanks

                                                                   Cost for text alerts- $40 per team was ridiculous
needs to be louder/some way of confirming the time was
recorded before the chip is handed off.                            nope

1) strapping on a velco band takes time and it is bulky. 2) The
text messages were not accurate, late and we received MANY
text messages for the last few legs. 4) Results from text and on
website did not agree and seem possibly inaccurate (i.e. I had                                                                   on website, have direction how to get out of the end point of each
more than 20 people pass me in my leg the the results show I                                                                     leg(i.e. Everson back to Bellingham). Timing and text messages
only lost 20 positions).                                                                                                         accurate, timely and
                                                                  You guys do an amazing job! Only disappointment was delay
OK...except it took a couple days to get our times up...was       in getting leg times for our team but glad we got that so it Even the weather was perfect! Maybe have the same rules" for
hoping for the "immediate" or at least that day!                  make it "all good".                                          Veterans & Masters division as to the age rules...l member over




it was kind of awkward to have to bend down after finishing       maybe all of the cars. It would be cool if something could be
the event to make sure your time was recorded                     worked out to avoid having soooo many cars.                   not sure. this was my first race and i enjoyed myself quite a bit

                                                                                                                                  Running leg on flat. Mtn Bike on the mountain, less asphalt.
Good                                                              No                                                              Downhill, not much uphill for Mtn. bike please.




It worked great                                                   right when I hit those railroad ties
                                                                  Getting off of the mountain was a pain. It looked like there
                                                                  was a plan to get people off sooner and I don't know what       Possible implimentation of what appeared to be a plan to get people
It was fine, it seemed to work well.                              happened to that.                                               off of the mountain.

Worked great! But this is the first year I've raced, so I don't   Just the distance we had to carry the kayak to get it back to   Have distance markers along the canoe leg so we know how far
have much to base it on.                                          the car after a long day of racing.                             we've paddled.

This was my first year and I think it was fine.                   No not really.
                                                                                                                                I think a good goal would be to switch mt. and running eventually,
                                                                                                                                although I don't know what kind of logistics that would entail.
                                                                 Not really, I was frustrated by the urban obstacle course      Basically, I think that having mt. be closer to baker more would
It seemed to work. No complaints here.                           nature of the first part of the mt. bike leg, but oh well.     attract more serious riders.




perfect                                                          nope                                                           see mountain biking section.


Worked great.                                                    none                                                           cheaper or free texting would be great.


Fantastic

I thought it worked fine                                      In my time!
Great, I used a Garmin watch to track the time, and location.                                                                   Keep the beer garden open longer. Like until 8-9 pm. And more
The timing was dead on.                                       No, all was great.                                                local food vendors.
Very good. Eliminated any question of when 1 person finished
and another started.
                                                                                                                                The handoffs I saw were a little screwy. There are incoming racers,
                                                                                                                                outgoing racers, and water. Is there a better way to keep those 3
                                                                 Leg meetings for the later events are too early. In general,   things untangled? The website could have a better layout. It was
                                                                 the leg meetings are pretty useless and just repeat the        hard to find things. an HTML version of the race guide would be
Great ! NExt year, have it so we don't have to stoop to swipe.   guide, the handouts from our pickup, the website, etc.         great too...
                                                                                                                              better directions from the canoe parking area. There was a major
                                                                road bike to canoe transition. Too many people present        backup in the cars and no one could get through for a very long time.
fine                                                            unnecessarily.                                                Flaggers are needed to keep things moving.


Didn't get the time registered for the road bike (@ start or
finish) - would have appreciated that.                          No.                                                           Keep it up! You guys do a great job!
                                                                it taking so long to get off the mountain that we missed
seemed to work out just fine.                                   some teammates finishing.                                     make sure the beer tent doesn't run out of beer by 6pm.

It seemed like the cross-country event had some trouble         The parking situation at Hovander was a nightmare of          Traffic direction at Hovander, improve chip scanning at the
reading the chips- if they could fix that...                    confusion. Maybe get some traffic direction?                  crosscountry handoff. You are golden!

                                                                                                                              If it were up to me, I would switch the run leg and the mountain bike
                                                                                                                              leg. I would build a true XC Mountain Bike trail off the mountain. I
                                                                                                                              did the run ONCE, and the 8 miles of downhill on pavement wrecked
                                                                                                                              my knees for weeks. Our team rotates through the runners more
seemed good, but would be nice not to have to make sure its                                                                   than any of the other sections for this reason, as people do it ONCE,
low to the ground to record your time.                          I think we all had a blast.                                   but won't do it again.
                                                                                                                              Offer free text messaging for the whole team. . .or at least at a
As a first timer, I thought it worked very well.                                                                              significantly lower price.

                                                                Parking at Hovander. Getting in easy. Leaving a nightmare-
                                                                TOTAL standstill for 20 min. Everyone began to make own
Nice to get accurate times; appreciate backup system when       way. Need traffic control to leave parking on grass. The new More clear instructions of start and handoffs for newbies first 3 legs.
chip method fails or user error occurs.                         mtn bike course eliminated the back exit.                    Not clear where to stand and handoff till race begins.




Top notch.                                                        Nope.                                                       Make it easier to get to the end, maybe limit cars at the Marine Park.
Not so sure. Our team's first leg didn't have a time according to
the system, which ended up placing us 100 spots ahead of
where we really were. They corrected it later, but with some
troubleshooting the system could be made to self correct
errors like that.                                                 Nope.
                                                                                                                              more organized hand offs - keep the spectators on the sidelines
no complaints                                                   traffic problems - probably not avoidable                     (problem at the road bike to canoe hand off).
                                                                I was getting severely dehyrated by the time my team
                                                                finished the canoe leg. The organizers did not have enough
                                                                water to share. There was a drinking fountain 500 feet
                                                                away. It woulod have been nice to be directed to it instead
                                                                of finding it by happenstance an hour later.




It seemed fine. Getting accurate, timely splits is a very
favorable addition to the record keeping.                       No                                                            Radio coverage seemed "sketchy" and somewhat unreliable
                                                                the early release from the mountain did not happen

seemed pretty good to me. maybe you could put the timing                                                                      once again, the mile markers. bigger and more acurate. also a bus or
boards on a table or something so the participants don't have   the mile markers on the downhill run were horrible. overall i something of the sort for the runners and skiers would be a good
to do the monkey or whatever it's called                        thought that was the biggest issue.                           idea. that way less people are rushing to get out
                                                                                                                              Swap the running leg and mountain bike legs. This might mean a
OK                                                              Canoe is the decisive leg                                     MTB trail needs to be cut in the forest.


                                                                                                                              widen the x-country course, or release skiers in multiple waves.
                                                                                                                              there is no room for all the skiers, esp. on turns. I had 3 people fall
it was useful. it took a while to tabulate times for teams with                                                               in front of me, causeing me to stop or ski around them. also, make
early releases (last 10 racers per leg). that could improve next                                                              the kayak buoys easier to locate (big flags or balloons), esp.
year.                                                            no. what an amazing race!                                    important when paddlers are sparse.
                                                                                                                              Have the Beer garden open for just racers so we can all bond at the
It was good but, the scanner needs to be higher up.             ?                                                             end. It was closed by 4.

                                                                                                                              Get a video crew involved to produce a hi quality highlights video
                                                                                                                              that shows top racers of each leg in action, and other highlights of
                                                                                                                              the day. Upload video to youtube. Send the link out to all of us who
                                                                                                                              want to remember the day! (please let me know if this already
No complaints. Went well for me & my team.                      No Chewbaka's this year. I missed them.                       exists somewhere)
                                                                 The kayak leg announcements could not be heard for many
                                                                 of the teams. It also sounded like radio coverage ended at
                                                                 about 2:00 in the afternoon when we were on our way to
                                                                 the kayak leg. It would be great for all the teams to hear
                                                                 their name announced on the radio and have local radio
na                                                               commitment for the entire race.

Great and easy to swipe times.


I thought the timing system was efficient and useful.            No


Good - kind of awkward to have to "do the monkey" at the                                                                         I can't think of anything at the moment. It was a very well organized
timing chip swipes.                                              No                                                              race. No issues here.

                                                                                                                                 Make some of the loud speakers a bit louder for calling team
                                                                                                                                 numbers as their team approached. We had an issue at the start of
Worked perfectly.                                                No                                                              the canoe leg.
                                                                 The text messages. We started receiving them late into the
                                                                 day. And then instead of receiving all legs, we received 5 of
                                                                 the same leg. This was $40! Thats alot of money for
Do we really need to swipe so low?                               something that didnt work.
                                                                                                                                 Enclose the finish are of the bike leg to protect pedestrians and
Seemed like there were some problems getting times posted,                                                                       bikers. Bikers were coming in too fast and colliding with spectators. I
otherwise fine.                                                                                                                  witnessed several collisions.
There were some major boo boos and in the end, we were all
very curious about how we performed according to our
individual goals..it was frustrating to have times missing-                                                                      the huge street fair in fairhaven made it really challenging to get to
however, we have nothing to comaper it to, since none of us      it seems like the cross-country ski leg in which 400 people     the finish line before my last team member arrived at the bell (even
had competed before                                              depart simultaneously must suck ass                             on a bike, as I was)
                                                                                                                                 make the timing effortless; the racers shouldn't have to bend over to
okay- speakers need to be louder for the recognition that it got                                                                 try to swipe it, they should be able to run past with it with no
your number.                                                     no- it was great                                                problems.
                                                                                                                             provide me with a much lighter canoe!! I'm not sure that we went
                                                                                                                             any faster than the river. Actually everything was great from my
seemed great                                                    no                                                           perspective.
I think it worked well                                          No
                                                                                                                           A few racer amenities at the bike start would have been nice.
                                                                                                                           Directions or a posted detour from Everson to Ferndale would have
                                                                Would have liked to have water/beverages/food available at helped as well. Lots of out-of-towners ended up driving all the way
Worked well                                                     the road bike start (even for purchase)                    to Lynden.

                                                                                                                             I think that the running leg should be made runnable...maybe switch
was it different? I thought it worked fine                      nope                                                         the mtn bike and run as has been suggested
                                                                Trying to get out of Hoveander... it took us and Hour!!! very
                                                                poorly run
perfect                                                         no                                                            nothing

                                                                    I question the role of Homeland securty. It was annoying to
                                                                    have a helicopter buzzing the river course. But if it was a
                                                                    saftey issue or a required exercise for them I can
OK. I think it makes it easier for the organization to tally up the understand. All the canoists got a good chuckle to learn that
times. Oddly enough it took two days before our teams times the hand signals for a swamped canoe were opposites for
were posted on the website. that is two days longer than it         the search and rescue team and Homeland Security. Maybe Continue to rethink the downhill run off the mountain. That leg
took when recorded with paper and pencil.                           they should "talk" to eliminate confusion.                    seems to injury prone leg of eh race.

A bit clumsy with having to "swoop" for the chip to register.   No                                                           Not much, overall excellent

                                                                no, thanks for pix at end again and split times available
Happy with it                                                   quickly

                                                                My seat in our canoe broke 5 minutes into the race and I had
                                                                to do the entire race on one knee. Undoubtedly the
Seemed adequate                                                 HARDEST thing I have ever done. But we finished!!            Can't think of anything
                                                                I was in the kayak leg and would have spent money on
                                                                paraphenalia at our start while waiting - too crowded at
fine                                                            finish line                                                  more details on the mtn bike course
                                                                YES! the 7 miles of wash board and pot holes on the road
seemed to have some glitches                                    bike leg were dangerous!                                     1.order sunshine! 2.have the DOT repair the road on Mt. Baker Hwy
Seemed to work well, but the day or race printout info was
different than official results.                                All of our team members were pleased with the race.          Remove the RR tack section of the Mt. Bike leg.
Don't understand why you have to swipe at the start if it's a                                                                No swipe at start, begin at 8:00. Serious people are all in front
mass start at 8:00. Fine otherwise.                             Nope.                                                        anyway.
                                                                description of masters group did not mention how
                                                                competitive it is. My team signed up for that category
                                                                because we are all over 40. But we should have raced in
                                                                mixed open recreational category. We finished dead last in
my team had no trouble                                          our class.                                                   see above. Better description of masters class.
                                                                                                                             LCD screens at each finish line that show the status of the previous
Was good.                                                       Nope.                                                        race leg along the way.

The chips worked fine but there was some problems with          The text-messaging system was terrible and I feel like the
changeovers and people not knowing their teammate was           money payed for it should be returned since it didn't do     have more free stuff at the fairhaven finish line. There was no race
there.                                                          what they said it was going to do.                           goodies and that was sad.
                                                                No water at the kayak start area. Water fountains didn't
seemed to work                                                  work.

                                                              The text message results system. We were also disspaointed
                                                              in teh information provided in the racer packets. We
                                                              couldn't find directions to the canoe leg. Many of the
                                                              instructions looked like they were coppied over from
                                                              previous years but not edited to updated the information so
The text message addition was crap. We got notices HOURS      there was conflicting informaiton in several info sheets for
after the legs, never got some legs times, and got other legs various legs of the race. Not having directions was a real
multiple times (as many as 4 times). Definately not worth the drag though. We waisted a good 30 minutes just trying to       Improve the information/instruction provided in the racer packets.
money we paid! Other than that - the chip system seemed to find the canoe starting area. Other than that things went         Give each leg a map to their starting area with their instruction
work fine for us.                                             really well and quite smoothly.                                sheet. Improved (and less expensive) text message notices.
                                                              The immense delay in receiving text messages of my team's
The timing system worked reasonably well. However, the text times was somewhat disappointing. (We didn't start               Get the text messaging system down such that they are sent within
messages could have been more timely.                         receiving texts until after noon).                             minutes of when the person finishes the leg.


was easy and seemed to work well
                                                             KGMI announcer's lack of knowledge about the race - no
                                                             idea about what the divisions are and apparent inability to
                                                             read numbers and match them with team name and                  Carbon Free division, preferred parking for car pools, some kind of
Much better - still needs some work on recording the times   divisions                                                       shuttles




5-Outstanding!                                               Great System. No troubles.                                      No part.
                                                                                                                             Entertainment in the waiting area, but this could be a problem
same as last year                                            announcements in the kayak area were hard to hear               because you can't hear race announcements
it's a good system. keep using it.                           oc-1 were not allowed in the recreational division.             allow oc-1 in the recreational division.




Excellent                                                    None!


                                                             I ended up crashing at the hand off and did not have any
                                                             help, in fact the lady just yelled at me to get up and out of
Seemed good to me                                            the way.                                                        I am not really sure at this point.




Great!!                                                      Finish line needs it's own beer garden!!                        Beer Garden at the finish line!!
the chips issued to the racers that were released due to the
team being so far behind didn't seem to always work (our road
biker never got a time: team #345). That's a bummer! i was
issued a new chip, too, and my time seemed to come through
accurately, so thanks for that.                               see note above


n/a                                                            no                                                             can't think of anything right now...
The sensors register at a low level and I think a few of the                                                                  Start the race at 7:00am so we could spend more time in
people did not get their times.                                No                                                             Bellingham.


                                                               Not your problem, but I wish the radio coverage would
                                                               announce more how all the teams are doing, not just the top
                                                               10 or 20 teams, so we could all continue to feel more a part
                                                               of the race. And awards were kind of haphazard - was there     Create a division for the "most green team" - the team that was
                                                               any kind of order in which they were given out? Would have     totally car free were an inspiration. I was wishing there was a Green
                                                               been helpful to know how long we had to wait. I could have     division - maybe only a few teams would dare (and the weather
                                                               told family members to leave or that it would only be 10       cooperated this year) but it was cool to see what they could
Fine                                                           minutes, that sort of thing.                                   accomplish!
                                                               We need to have recycling bins for cans and bottles !!! I
                                                               brought some home myself, but could have used ALOT of          recycling bins for cans and bottles !!! (especially in Fairhaven, after
n/a to me                                                      help. :)                                                       the race)
                                             Yes, and is the same feedback I sent last year. Volunteers
                                             this year were improved from last, but I still took a wrong
                                             turn because they were not making it painfully obvious
                                             which way to go. Especially with a new course, please
                                             encourage volunteers not just to point, or mumble, but to
                                             actually throw their entire body into the process of guiding
                                             racers in the correct direction. This sort of thing must be
                                             very tiring but I need human, interactive billboards that
                                             move, and make excessive noise to not miss a turn. For me
                                             there was one turn that was absolutely missed due to
                                             volunteer providing absolutely no assistance and that was      Caffiene-crazed, loud volunteers to point racers in the correct
Effective.                                   behind Haggen.                                                 direction

                                             Yes, and is the same feedback I sent last year. Volunteers
                                             this year were improved from last, but I still took a wrong
                                             turn because they were not making it painfully obvious
                                             which way to go. Especially with a new course, please
                                             encourage volunteers not just to point, or mumble, but to
                                             actually throw their entire body into the process of guiding
                                             racers in the correct direction. This sort of thing must be
                                             very tiring but I need human, interactive billboards that
                                             move, and make excessive noise to not miss a turn. For me
                                             there was one turn that was absolutely missed due to
                                             volunteer providing absolutely no assistance and that was      Caffiene-crazed, loud volunteers to point racers in the correct
Effective.                                   behind Haggen.                                                 direction

No complaints. It worked well for out team   nothing                                                        weather, just kidding

                                             The "leg meetings" for the mountain bike and kayak are too The awards ceremony is too long. Need more emphasis on
OK                                           early - move them later by an hour.                        recreational teams and those doing it for the "fun of it"
                                                    Traffic congestion leaving Hovander park. I finished the
                                                    mountain bike leg, before my parents could leave Hovander Improve the Hovander parking/exiting some how. The text
Fine.                                               park.                                                     messaging updates had some long delays and were also inaccurate.

good                                                no                                                                  no
                                                    Yes ,the calling out of numbers to the next leg ,in my
                                                    conversations I had with competitors, it seemed to happen
                                                    alot, that is really important, to a quality race , especially to   I still believe that the MTB and the run courses HAVE TO BE
                                                    the teams that are tight" in the competition. It would avoid        CHANGED. if you did that, the level of both legs competitors would
seemed to work good, better than a few years ago.   controversey!!"                                                     come up dramaticaly




Good                                                No                                                                  Mtn. Bike course.

                                                    There should be two different race event meetings. One for
                                                    the really good teams that will be starting within a couple
                                                    hours of their event, and one for the lesser teams that will
                                                    have to wait 6 hours prior to starting their event. Example: I
                                                    was at mtn bike start from 11 am (time of meeting) and
worked well.                                        didn't start the leg until 3:30 pm.                            take out the railroad tracks of the mtn bike course.
                                                                  There was confusion at the handoff between the downhill
                                                                  skier and runner. The guy on the main podium as
                                                                  announcing numbers coming in, but folks at the handoff
                                                                  couldn't hear him. The volunteers nearby the handoff
Good, but I don't think we should have to 'do the monkey' to      weren't announcing incoming numbers either. This caused
get our times tracked. I've seen other races where that isn't     runners to crowd the handoff area to see which skiers were
necessary. I bet if you asked everyone to chip in an extra $5     coming in, (and the volunteers kept telling people to stand
they'd gladly do it to get a better system.                       back). This really should get fixed.                        See above.

                                                                  On-line Registration problems: I would send a link inviting
                                                                  racers and racers then were unable to open it (happened to
                                                                  two team members), then registration was marked
                                                                  incomplete even though two of us sat down together and
                                                                  reregistered our athelete multiple times before his
I was confused as to why our official time did not postuntil 3+   registration went through. The solution was to re-do the
days after the event. Our cross country skiers time didn't        survey on the registration before it would work - even      I would have race officials in one color of a t-shirt, volunteers in
register and he wore the timing chip just above his boot - cc     though the error message was that he had not signed the     another and competitors in another. This would mak it much easier
skiers time did not post for three pluse days. :(                 release wavier.                                             to identify the proper people in a crowd and/or when in a hurry.
                                                                                                                              It would be great if you could put the Mtn biking on a trail down
                                                                  I think the downhill ski leg is to short.                   from the ski area!
                                                                                                                              Getting the folks that do the Xcountry and downhill courses down
effective                                                         no                                                          sooner


It seemed to work fine, from what I understand.
The timing system didn't have the road bike times on the web
site right away, which was kind of frustrating.                                                                                  More posters!
                                                                  Access to the festivities at the finish line. It was so difficult
System was good, but team meetings weren't helpful in             to catch our last racer cross the finish line. Better access for Interview not only the first place teams, but also the middle and end
describing where handoffs for timing chip could occur.            teams to get to finish.                                           to get an opinion of their thoughts for the videos.




seemed fine to me
                                                          That the run and the mountain bike got re switched. it
                                                          makes it hard for teams to get a good runner because
                                                          nobody want to ruin their knees. PLEASE move the legs
                                                          around to get the run off the mountain. Our team will not
Great                                                     be entry again if the run is not changed.                   MOVE THE RUN

                                                          That the run and the mountain bike got re switched. it
                                                          makes it hard for teams to get a good runner because
                                                          nobody want to ruin their knees. PLEASE move the legs
                                                          around to get the run off the mountain. Our team will not
Great                                                     be entry again if the run is not changed.                   MOVE THE RUN

                                                                                                                      You need a beer garden at hovander. The race could make a ton of
worked well                                               mtn bike course. but it was an improvement.                 money and the spectator experience would be better.

Seemed to work really well                                still wish we could get down from the mountain sooner
                                                                                                                      cut down on the number of spectators at certain legs. Areas of
nice to get results at the finish.                        still having to wait at the mountain                        limited parking.

good.                                                     no                                                          no changes.




                                                          The crowds to get to the finish line seemed too much, but   Move the mountain bike course to the mountain, and the run to the
Liked it, but heard the text message updates were late.   the nature of the beast.                                    flatland.
                                                                    As a canoer, it's extremely stressful to try and get down to
                                                                    the PACKED finish line in time to see our finisher. This
                                                                    happens EVERY year. Additionally, the finsh line festivities     Shuttle service from Downtown or Park/Ride into Fairhaven.
                                                                    are SO CRAZY and packed in there, it's overwhelming for          Spread the party out so the finish line isn't so freaking
Still a bit buggy.                                                  racers who've been going all day.                                deafening/crowded/overstimulating

                                                                    The lack of a time after the race for the road bike portion      I might have a better variety of food at the bottom of the road bike
I was confused when I did not receive a time for the road bike      was a bummer. Was there a problem with the road bike             portion. Nothing against the people serving food, but hot dogs and
portion, but then it looks like it was fixed later on.              timing?                                                          chips would probably make me throw up just because of the racing.


                                                                                                                                     My one major frustration was in the number of teams I observed
                                                                                                                                     cheating in terms of the division in which they raced. I know of
                                                                                                                                     recreational division teams who used aerobars, rec teams who used
                                                                                                                                     outrigger canoes in the kayak leg, women's teams who used men
                                                                                                                                     and mixed teams who used more than four men. A photos of one
                                                                                                                                     team shows someone using a kayak paddle in an outrigger
                                                                                                                                     canoe...something that is explicitly not allowed. I recognize that
                                                                       I was only given about 15 seconds warning before my           these are not things that is easy to police, but it was disappointing
                                                                       teammate handed off to me. Most of the numbers were           nonetheless. Perhaps there is a way to check equipment more
                                                                       being called 3-5 minutes in advance, but when my team's       rigorously before the race? For most of these teams it doesn't
                                                                       number was called my teammate was at the finish line          matter...most don't wind up on the podium. But it seems totally
As far as I can tell, it worked great. I really like the fact that the within 15 seconds. Happily, I was already near the finish     contrary to what Ski to Sea is about. In the ideal world we would all
last 10-15 teams could still compete with new timing chips.            line, but our hand-off was slightly delayed as I ran to get   select the team and equipment with which we wish to race and then
That's a brilliant change.                                             into position.                                                identify which division is most appropriate for our team.

Seemed to work well. Think it makes sense to put the timing         It would have been nice to be able to get off the mountain
chip pads on tables, so people don't have to bend down.             earlier, so our runner didn't have to wait forever.

                                                                    The calling of the incoming racers into the transition area      Better (more reliable) team calling for the incoming racers (what
                                                                    was inconsistent. Sometimes racers had 10 minute notice,         teams are nearing the handoff area). Oh, and no more brown t-
It worked OK, but the handoffs are always awkward.                  other times there was no notice at all.                          shirts
                                                               The volunteer organization. I had a team ready to volunteer
                                                               at Hovander and signed up in early April. We didn't get a
                                                               phone call until I called twice the week of the race to see if
                                                               we were still needed there and we didn't hear back until
                                                               Thursday. Hovander was our top choice because our
great                                                          volunteer team was mom's that had time restraints.
works well                                                     no
                                                                                                                                I do the road bike leg. It's a long wait. Usually, we are rained on at
                                                                                                                                some point while waiting to race. Could DOT open up their snow
                                                                                                                                plow shed, please? It is very lame to stand under eaves in the rain.
Excellent and accurate.                                        Nope!                                                            :)

                                                                                                                                Everyone knows that the main change needed is getting the run off
                                                                                                                                of that mountain moved... but There is no logical replacement for it
didn't know it had changed.                                    No                                                               that would allow novice participation.


                                                               Yes, that some wet parts were taken out of the mtn bike          Move the mtn bikes to the mountain and put the runners on level
It worked well.                                                course the day of the race.                                      ground.


the areas that you run through to mark time should have a                                                                       you guys have it dialed in -just need to get the mtn bike on the
larger range - bgending down to be sure the team got counted                                                                    ...mountain...that would bring in both class bikers AND class runners
was unnatural                                                 none                                                              to run from hovander to zuanich
                                                              The texting should work, and be included a small fee to the
Perfect.                                                      whole team.
Fine - I was surprised to hear that you only recently started
using timing chips.                                           Post-run food/drink were way under par.                           Post-run food/drink were way under par.
It could be improved. Having to bend down is the stupidest
thing I've ever heard. The system should be able to check you
as you run through. The racer should not have to do anything
extra.
                                                             That the cell phone instant messaging wasnt really what we
                                                             had hoped or expected. We were led to believe that the
                                                             timing system was linked to the instant messaging and that
                                                             we would be notified instantaneously if not shortly
                                                             thereafter. We didnt get our leg results for at least an hour Bus all the racers to the top of the mountain. Less traffic and wait.
                                                             later which didnt really help to notify other legs waiting to   Still think the mt bike leg needs to be on the mountain and the
effective.                                                   go.                                                             running leg at sea level.
                                                                                                                             More effort could be made to point out to new racers where the
                                                             The pre race meetings at the beginning were pretty chaotic, chip hand off points are. The announcers assumed that we had all
Timing seemed to work well, wondering if you could run wires and it was really unclear where d/h skiers and runners were been there last year. All three pre race meetings could be one
up sides of gates to avoid doing the duck walk.              to go to hand off the chip.                                     event.
                                                             I think the hike up the mountain for downhill skiers is bizarre
                                                             and may limit number of people capable of doing the skiiing
great.                                                       portion.                                                        make viewing spots easier for running supporters and other viewers

worked well, although I didn't get the timely text messages I    The finish line for the road bike needs to be improved. I        More parking for the poor kayakers that are trying to remove their
was expecting when each racer finished his leg.                  witnessed 2 crashes in 5 minutes while recovering!               kayaks to their vehicles.

Worked fine at the mt bike/kayak handoff                     text messaging
I would prefer the simple wrist band.
The timing system seemed to work pretty well. Big
improvement from last year. Exchange from Ski to run was set                                                                      Runners shouldn't have to bend down to scan the timer at the end of
up MUCH better.                                              Nope                                                                 the run. Timing mats on tables?

i liked that you could pick up your times in fairhaven           n/a                                                              the ability for the mountain teams to get off the mountain quicker
This was our first year so I have nothing to compare it to. It
worked great for us.                                             My performance
                                                                 the helicopter flying the river. very noisy.parked in a nearby
                                                                 field at ready response would serve well and save $$ for the
OK                                                               wasted gas

I can't think of a better system                                 It was a little crowded at the finish line.                      ?
Good                                                             The anouncing at the end.                                        The anouncing at the end.
great
                                                                                                                           eliminate the extra fees for corporate division. These are public
                                                                                                                           service employees who are paying their own fees....not a big
                                                              we had no way of knowing we came in 2nd place in our         corporation. Three extra plaques are not worth the extra $1,200
it malfunctioned and threw the results off                    division. I'm still trying to distribute plaques             collected

                                                              At Mt. Baker, the announcer was not very friendly or helpful.
                                                              I wish all the pre-race meetings had been held before the
                                                              crosscountry skiers started, so we could cheer our team on Better pick up of timing chips, t-shirts, etc. It was chaotic and my
Seemed to work well.                                          instead of attending a meeting.                               bag was missing many things.
I think that a loud loudspeaker produce a loud sound when the
timing chip registers at the gate.                            Nope                                                         Switch the mountain bike and running leg locations.




Very outdated. Having to bend over to cross the finish line   Two areas. The time lag in getting text messages and having
really complicates things.                                    to bend over at the finish line.                            Try to get better timing chips that do not require bending over.
Not good. This is the third year that our ski legs were not
accounted for.                                                timing chips                                                 bring back the medals.
good

still needs some work                                         nope                                                         better weather

would be better if the recording did not require a crouch     no

                                                              the Mt. Baker Hwy; having traffic during the race was        close the Mt. Baker Hwy. where the racing is taking place until the
fine                                                          terrible                                                     last racer is finished
                                                                  I have mixed feelings on letting cars down the mountain
                                                                  earlier this year. I did the road bike and am probably one of
                                                                  the more tentative riders. While I loved that my team
                                                                  members could be in Everson when I finished it was
                                                                  disconcerting to have cars coming down the mountain
                                                                  beside me just at the point I was going my fastest speed
                                                                  down the hill. Some people were hanging out car windows
                                                                  yelling, some cars gave more clearance than others.. it was Have a big screen in Fairhaven where people could watch segments
seemed to work well                                               distracting. As I said, my feelings are mixed on this.        of the race.

                                                                  text messaging feature was a joke. Most people never got it
Still problems with getting the data on race day.                 and it came late.
                                                                                                                            Regrettably our biker didn't make it by the 7:30am cutoff but what is
                                                                                                                            REALLY disappointing is that he was not allowed to ride the 6 miles
                                                                                                                            uphill to the run/bike handoff despite being advised by the
                                                                                                                            instruction sheet that the biker could ride up if they missed the
                                                                                                                            cutoff. Yes, he would have been a lot more tired out, but at least to
If you weren't paying attention and didn't know you had to                                                                  have had the option would have been nice instead of our team
bend down (do the monkey") with your timing chip at the            your time may not have been entered. Perhaps this can be getting DQ'd. This really needs to be reviewed as it doesn't seem fair
beginning and end of your leg                                     improved upon."                                           at all.

Need better band - system should take time without "doing the
monkey."                                                      Downhill run is tough on runners knees                            Have runners run flat course

Need better band - system should take time without "doing the
monkey."                                                      Downhill run is tough on runners knees                            Have runners run flat course
Good                                                          Transition at the road bike/canoe                                 Keep the weather coming!!

                                                                  At the road bike/runner exchange there weren't adequate
                                                                  updates on which teams were on the course. I think there      Chip timing mats (bending over to scan them)a little dangerous on
Need to find a way not to have to bend down to swipe chip.        was only one update with the runner only 2 minutes out.       the ski/run exchange.


Timing system worked well if they would have communicated
better. The lady at the finish line took the chip before it was   The timing at the end was not clearly communicated enough Just make that finish line a little smoother and it'll be great! And
scanned (didn't ask!), so we never got our finish time.           between the volunteer and finishing kayakers              maybe less train tracks
                                                              On our canoe leg transition to mountain bike our number
                                                              wasn't called under the bridge. When our canoers finished it
                                                              took 5 minutes for them to find out team since no one called
                                                              our team number. That was a team downer for us as we
Worked find for our team.                                     were in the top third at that point of the race.             Call team numbers quickly and accurately
good, but the bands that snap" around your wrist would be
easier to put on and pull off"                                nope                                                        expand fairhaven park




                                                                                                                          I liked almost all the changes to the new mt. bike course relating to
                                                                                                                          terrain. However, I liked the distance of the old course better.
                                                                                                                          Although it's not physically hard to ride 14 miles, I liked to race" the
Worked great.                                                 The railroad tracks in the mt. bike leg.                    shorter distances."




Excellent! The way the results have been displayed is also
exactly how it should be done.                                Text messaging did not work as well as I expected.          Text messaging needs improvement.

I think it could be improved - why not run a video tape at each
gate that shows racers and a clock, that way if for some reason
the chip doesn't work, you can review the video to figure out
when the person crossed. Tedious to review, I know, but it      The exit from the Mt. Bike/Canoe handoff had HORRIBLE     Fix the mt. bike/canoe handoff exit, so hundreds of cars aren't idling
would prevent missing times and help ensure accuracy.           traffic due to the new crossings.                         for 15 minutes just to get out.
                                                                                                                                        I started to make one, but it got too complicated and took too much
                                                                                                                                        time. 5-Outstanding!
                                                                     Canoe Race. I noticed people racing in the Recreation
                                                                     Division with racing boats not rec boats. In the end it did not I think you guys did a bang up job, nothing needs to be worked on
Seemed to work well                                                  matter as we kicked their ass.                                  from what I can tell

Suspect it could be improved upon given the number of timing
glitches. Need to devise a system that eliminates the need for
stooping(monkey walk) at exchanges.                            no                                                                       Consider shortening the canoe leg.
worked well for me and I'm glad I got the wrist band when it   text messages were HOURS late and I didn't even get some
was fresh!                                                     of them at all.                                                          shuttle busses to and from the mtn.

                                                                     Too many cars on the road bike leg...they were a distraction
                                                                     because they sped around me and then slowed downand
Great!                                                               sometimes swerved inot oncoming traffic.
                                                                                                                                        A big board at the end to be able to track when my teammate might
                                                                     I nneded a faster canoe!                                           finish.
                                                                                                                                        A big board at the end to be able to track when my teammate might
                                                                     I nneded a faster canoe!                                           finish.
                                                                     was concentrating on swiping my chip low at the finish and
fine                                                                 forgot to ring the bell high                                       order the same weather patterns
Make it easier to get it off of your wrist, yet be able to keep it
on.                                                                  No.                                                                Free beer for the racers at the end. Just kidding.
                                                                     Didn't receive the right size t-shirts...for the third year in a
                                                                     row. How tough could it be to order the right number of
                                                                     S,M,L,XL?? The ratio is probably nearly the same every year.
It was fine. As always, it would be nice if the times were           Just order a few extras and bump up the registration fee by a      Quicker split time results. Correct size t-shirts. Add a second beer
available sooner - my team's split times didn't show up for a        couple bucks. Does no good to pay for a t-shirt that doesn't       garden down at the finish line. Make the text message updates free
few days.                                                            fit.                                                               of charge.
                                                                the run from the mt is painful; could you change it to the
no problem.                                                     road bike and then have the runners run elsewhere?

I wish that it would pick up your time by just going through the
finish. I did'nt like bending down                               No




no problems.                                                    not in race...see addt'l comments below
great                                                           no




Awesome!                                                        No!                                                          Less uphill for downhiller's!
Okay. Can't they do something about the sensitivity of the chip
readers?                                                        Not really.                                                  Not much.
Are you seriously asking this? Two of my team members didn't
get times and it isn't because they weren't doing the monkey                                                                 WOMEN'S T-SHIRTS - you can tell that men are in charge - get t-shirts
run - or whatever you call it. Get a company who can do a                                                                    cut for women - you are wasting resources otherwise - we all hate
good job with this.                                                                                                          those man t-shirts!
                                                                                                                             It would be good to have better traffic direction when leaving
                                                                                                                             Hovander park. My ride was stuck without moving in the park for
                                                                                                                             over an hour, while the first three lanes were being emptied at a
                                                                                                                             quick pace, this is the only complaint I have heard about the race
For my time it worked out well, I loved it!                     nope                                                         thus far.
Worked just fine.                                                No.

seems like a few glitches making it work but the final results   The PA system at the canoe start could be better oriented so
are good                                                         the bike number announcements are clearer                    Continue asking for feedback and using it for tweaking the race

Worked fine for us!                                              NOPE                                                              Detailed Driving directions and parking instructions for each leg.
                                                                                                                                   I wish the skiing portion of the downhill ski leg was more. For
Too bad people have to dip down. I wish we didn't even have      Still felt I was kept up on the mountain longer than              instance: climb up the mountain, ski down, go up a chair lift, then ski
to think about it - just pass a baton and go.                    necessary.                                                        down to the finish.
                                                                                                                                   The road bike leg could use Silver Lake Road to South Pass Road and
Better than several years ago.                                   nope.                                                             avoid more of Mount Baker Highway.
                                                                 Well, as every year that i do the road bike portion, i am
                                                                 disappointed in the long wait. Especially when it is raining. I
                                                                 don't have any ideas of how to minimize this but it is            Swap the running and MTB sections so that there is more downhill
Good. No complaints.                                             disappointing when it happens.                                    trails for the MTB and flatter terrain for the runners.
Good - it would be great if the timing sensors were higher so
you don't have to remember to swipe down low. Also, the
wrist bands were hard to use, maybe investigate a coil wrist
band or clip?                                                   No                                                            Not sure.


                                                                                                                              perhaps something could be done to reduce the carbon footprint of
worked for us                                                                                                                 the race---buses?
Great                                                           No                                                            This was best year yet!
                                                                The text messaging notification did not work as I expected.
                                                                Notifications were received long after a race leg was
It seemed to work fine. It'd be nice to not have to bend down   completed. We expected to be notified immediately when a
so low.                                                         race leg was finished.




Worked out perfectly                                            NO                                                            Sidewalk blocks in parade

Efficient...advanced                                            Not being able to see the rest of it                          Air the race on ESPN

Efficient...advanced                                            Not being able to see the rest of it                          Air the race on ESPN

Good. Don't like that you have to reach down with the chip                                                                    Keep up the the Green Efforts! (Recylcing, etc)
It did not work for 2 people on our team, even though the
volunteers told them the time was swiped. It doesn't seem to    On the running leg, I think the water stations were set at odd
be a good system.                                               mile posts.                                                    Better timing system.

                                                                Many team members had to wait 3+ hours to start their leg
Seemed to work good                                             based on your driving recommendations and times               Less waiting at each transition
good                                                             no

                                                                 There must be a nicer way to move people along without
                                                                 screaming at them to get out of the way as they stagger
good                                                             through the finish lines. High marks for everyone else.          See above.

                                                                 We were hoping for quicker text messages. For the first few
                                                                 legs, they were so late it didn't do any good. Later on it was
Timing chips seemed to work very well.                           much faster.

cell phone message system a joke ... messages too late (maybe
the intent was not to alert the next leg(s) but it seemed to have
been marketed that way and certainly was of no help)              cars not let down the mtn as early as stated                    shuttle service up the mtn
good                                                              no
good                                                              no

Worked Great. However, I did notice the barron heating skiier
Dan Roycoft, who was top 10 was not included in the results.                                                                      Organized transportation to finish line. Parking was difficult

                                                                 The new txt messaging service was absolutely useless. We
I really liked the timing chips, there seemed to be less         were hoping it'd notify us when each leg had ended, but
problems with them this year than last.                          most messages came after the entire race was over, if at all.




Not good, need to change something here so that this is no
longer an issue.                                                 text messages were a complete failure                            switch the run and mtb courses
People still loose chips somehow...                              No                                                               Bring back the infamous Block Party downtown.
GOOD TRY FOR AN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TASK.                        NO                                                          TIMING




Don't know much about it except the system showed my
husband's team was in 4th or 5th at the end, so we weren't     No, my husband's team team received the wrong sized t-
there when they were called up to the stage for second place   shirts                                                      Keep up the great work!

Easy to figure out.                                            No

Worked well
                                                                                                                           offer bus service to ski resort to reduce the number of cars and
                                                                                                                           emissions; continue efforts to relocate running leg to make it less
good                                                           nothing comes to mind                                       painful/damaging
worked great                                                   time in my leg
worked great                                                   time in my leg
                                                               arriving for kayak meeting at 11:30, and it was pushed to
pushing the race forward seemed like a great change - but I    12...and then waiting around until my middle-of-the-pack
didn't have any expereince with it.                            team arrived for me to launch.                              signage for Marine Park parking?
                                                                                           How many teams had to be sent from Zuancich at 5:00? If there
                                                                                           were too many teams, perhaps the mountain bike leg should be a
                                                                                           mile shorter. That would allow more teams to feel like they
                                                                                           accomplished their goal of completing the race. Not being able to
                                                                                           hand off to your team's kayaker, would be very discouraging after
It seemed to work fine.   Yes, the railroad track on the moountain bike leg.               completing such a grueling mountain bike leg.
                                                                                           limit the ways cars can leave Hovander parking field (tying string to
                                                                                           the trees would be simple and probably effective). There was a
                                                                                           traffic jam and the cars in the back got stuck for a long time! In the
                                                                                           future I'll be more clever about how I leave the parking area, but for
                          I missed our kayaker finishing b/c I got caught in the traffic   the novices and out of towners it would be nice to have it set up
worked well.              jam leaving the end of the canoe leg                             better.
I was one of the road bikers that didn't make the road block
in Glacier. My two skiers and our runner spent the night at
Snowline and I thought that the road block was west of our
entrance. I was wrong. In my head I was confident that the
road wasn't an issue so I set out to be at the meeting on
time and to be there by 7:55 am. I pulled out and got 1/4
mile down the road and missed the road closure by 5
minutes and got there at 7:35. I completely understand that
this was my mistake and take full ownership of this. My
disappointment was compounded by the fact that it was
written in the literature that we could bike up if we missed
the road block, which I would have happily done (there was
ample time for my teams' estimated hand off). But the word
was an emphatic No!" that was given to us. Sometimes there
are honest exceptions that we can make especially if we
have a little bit of heart. The day was beautiful            there is a positive an exciting feeling in the air. Yes
It seemed to work just fine. No changes needed.




Seemed to work well                                                Not really




Works well for timing, however the time delay on the text
messages was disappointing.
                                                                                                                               The best possible improvement would be to switch the Running leg
worked well                                                        no                                                          and the mountain Bike leg.


                                                                   I'm a runner but cannot submit my knees to the grueling
                                                                   downhill course--switch with road bike section.             Keep working on the running leg...please, please, please




                                                                                                                               when you are anouncing things i couldnt hear or see. so maybe we
i like the middle school divisions timing....                                                                                  could make like a semi-circle so we can hear and see....
                                                                                                                               put the canoe in lake whatcom, the mountain bike from sudden
worked well for us. nice to have the time on the computer so                                                                   valley (over galbraith mountain) to lake padden, and the run through
soon.                                                              nope                                                        fairhaven.
                                                                   The notification of racers coming in at the mountain bike to
                                                                   kayak transition was poor this year. Our team reaceived no
                                                                   notifications at all, as was the case with at least 10 or so Additional loudspeakers announcing bikers coming at the kayak
                                                                   teams around us.                                             transition, including in the area near the dock.
Good

It was very disapointing the number of teams that did not have
split. Most notably, if awards for fastest split times are given
there ought to be accurate split times available. take the                                                                     Have more food booths available at the finish line so people don't
Boundary Bay women's team for example.                                                                                         have to go up to fairhaven and leave their teams
                                                                 Wish the mountain bike race had more true mountain bike
Worked really well.                                              trail in it.




It was good                                                      Yes, traffic dispersion from Mt Baker ski area            Better logistics for getting people off the mountain

It worked.

                                                                                                                           Better communication to vehicles coming of the mountain to give
                                                                                                                           bikers room on the right side. Cars were moving much slower than
Good                                                             Txt messaging delays.                                     racers and leaving little room for bikes to pass through on the right.


Seemed to work well.                                                                                                       Mobile (high-carb!) food/coffee vendors at the staging points?


it worked very well                                                                                                        more knowlegeable volenteers
                                                                                                                           Change the running course so it is not downhill!!!! It is brutal for that
                                                                                                                           leg.




It took a long time to get accurate results, and waiting a few
days for accurate results breeds doubts about the timing
system.
                                                              Yes, I've done the road bike leg for 13 years now. Making
                                                              riders carry a 40 lb plus trainer along with their bike and gear
                                                              from the parking lot is ridiculous. Maybe you should provide
                                                              small trailers or a child's little red wagon(get a sponsor to
                                                              support this with their signage for added PR) to use or allow
                                                              them to drop their gear off at the DOT before going the
                                                              parking lot? I saw several riders walking their bikes with a
                                                              trainer necklace around their neck and shoulders. they did
                                                              not look very happy! Plus if you ride bikes you would know Make sure that the numbers are called out to waiting teams. We lost
                                                              that walking in your cycling shoes with cleats is not what       over 5 minutes and 2 places in the overall and winning our division
Went much smoother                                            they were designed for.                                          as a result. ;-(




                                                             UNSAFE!!! Racing down south pass road at 38 mph, a group
                                                             of us came up on an SUV riding 20 mph behind a rider and
                                                             they were filming her with their camcorder. The SUV would
O.K. but our team number from the runner was not called out not move over for the RACERS" and we tried to go around
and we had no idea that the echange was about to take place. on the left side when another vehicle came around the
Lost 3 minutes and this happened at the bike/canoe let last  corner. It almost turned into a BAD situation and this same Clost the west bound lane of South Pass Road to vehicle traffic
year.                                                        thing happened last year! It's not acceptable!"             except for locals.

                                                              I filled out the paperwork to volinteer and I had to contact
                                                              the office to make sure I could help out, when I never heard
                                                              from anyone. I was shuffled between multiple people then
                                                              monday before the race was told to stand by for
                                                              directions...I was never contacted to help out until after the
                                                              race. They were really nice about simpathizing with loosing
                                                              me on the list but I was still dissapointed not to get the     Get organized and give volinteers more of a heads up on whats going
                                                              oppertunity to help out and be a part of it.                   on.
                                                                   The race commitie needs to improve it's communication
                                                                   with the law enforcement personnel with respect to
                                                                   allowing road bikers to ride up the mountain once the road
                                                                   is closed. Our team rider along with four other team riders
                                                                   were not allowed to ride their bikes from Glaicer to the plow
                                                                   station. Therefore the bikers for these teams were not at
It was terrible. As a result of poor communication with law        the hand off for their runners. All 5 teams bikers would have
enforcement our canoe leg had to forfiet the race. They            been at the plow station well before the first place runners
obtained a new wrist band from the timing station in Everson       arrived so there would not have been any interferance with
just to see what their splits as well as the Mt. Bike and Kayack   road bikers coming down the mountain. To make matters           If the committe can't communicate properly with law officials get
would have been. The timed results for the canoe leg was 56        worse the same law officer allowed cars and mountain            some law officials that have some common sense that would allow
minutes. Hardly possibe. The time was revised but was not          bikers to proceed up the highway to reach destinations past     road bikers to ride up the highway even after thee road has been
accurate the second time around as well.                           the road closure.                                               closed but well before road bikers start coming down the mountain.


                                                                                                                                   How about an introductory evening for those that want to learn
                                                                                                                                   more?
                                                                   yes - the fact our road bikeer was denighed access on his
good                                                               bike up to the d.o.t. by the state trooper                      better comunication with the state patrol
                                                                   road bike                                                       Make instruction sheets more clear for each leg


Seemed to work very well.                                          Mtn Bike course                                                 Switch run and Mtn Bike legs like was in the Herald.

                                                                   During the hand off from the runner to the 3-legged racers
                                                                   the kids numbers were not called out. Therefore our runner
                                                                   spent precious time trying to find an official so that she
                                                                   could hand off the wrist band. It cost the team 2nd place
                                                                   and possibly 1st place.
The timing seemed to work well. Our team signed up for the
text messages. They were a little confusing to understand the
two different ranks. This could have been avoided by posting a
message on the website describing what the format would be.
Also it would have been useful to get them closer to realtime.
Ours were delayed anywhere from 1-5 hours.


Doing the monkey after 8 miles of downhill running not so
easy; raised timing mats (on a table) would make it easier.      No
                                                                                                                               timing swap easier - not below the knee but up to head okay too.
                                                                                                                               ALSO, HAVE BEER GARDEN OPEN LONGER, OR PUT IT DOWN IN
                                                                 Beer garden closes too early and racers and teams can't       MARINE PARK SO RACERS WHO FINISH AFTER 8 HOURS CAN GET
ok                                                               access in time.                                               BEER ASAP.

I thought it worked great                                        no                                                            FREE BEER !!!! at the end of each leg !!
                                                                                                                               we need to hear our number coming in as canoer, including the area
                                                                                                                               of where the boats are.




Needing to hunch over to activate the timing gate with the chip It was not clear at what point it was acceptable to jump out
in your hand was annoying, but we didn't have a problem with of the canoe and start dashing through the shallow water to
it.                                                             the beach.

excellent                                                        no                                                            all good. very well organized and staffed event.

                                                                                                                                The biggest disappointment was the inaccuracies when announcing
                                                                                                                                the team numbers in the transitions, our team lost 5 minutes in one
seemed to work out great.                                        no                                                             transition because our number was not announced corectly.
                                                                 yes I didn't receive any texts so as the team captain I had no have radio station brodcasted at each leg so we can hear what is
great                                                            idea where my team was                                         happening


thought it was fine                                              no, been in the race 3 times, never have had issues at all    not sure
                                                                   The canoe leg should be a bit shorter. 12 miles

This was my first year so I have nothing to compare it to but we                                                                It would be nice if the canoe participants didn't have to be there
did not have any problem with it.                                no                                                             quite so early. Perhaps the pre-race meeting could be a little later.

FINE                                                               NO

The timing system could be improved. Racers shouldn't have to
worry about swiping the timing chip down below their knees.




Chip timing is good; text messaging based on chip timing was       As above, the text/e-mail messaging system did not work
not great                                                          well (not worth the money spent)

Long wait to come off the mountian
                                                                   Hard for runners to find three-legged race team mates...
                                                                   some numbers were called out, but those participants
                                                                   ended up getting in the way of others. One long line might
                                                                   be an idea? or two lines girls on one side boys on the
                                                                   other??


I heard a lot of complaints on missed transition times.
We should go back to the cotton wrist band and manuel entry
of times. The times with the chip get all screwed up when it
doesn't cross the line JUST right. There were rarely timing
issues with the old fashioned system. Get rid of the fancy chip! see above. Frustrating when you work hard and don't know
Viva la wristband!                                               your time or placement.                                      see above
                                                                 It would have been good if the kayak info meeting was held
                                                                 when the materials said it would be, and if the sound system
It seemed to work well. Our team didn't have any problems.       functioned better.                                           Race meetings at given time, and more reliable sound system.

Effective but a bit to think about (dropping the wrist band near
the ground) when finishing a leg
                                                               Was very difficult/long to get out of the park at the end of
                                                               the canoe portion. Because of this we missed our team
                                                               coming in at the finish.
Worked well




It worked very smoothly


                                                               In the canoe leg, the safety people in boats were often in our
                                                               way (3 separaet incidents) causing us to slow down and         better training for canoe-leg safety boat operators to stay out of the
fine, except it would be nice to have a staffperson there to   change our course to avoid hitting them,or brace from the way. Other than that, it was very well-run, excellently organized fun
hear the beep" and confirm if time was/was not recorded"       big wakes they were throwing for no reason.                    race




                                                                                                                              As a first time racer, I was really impressed with the volunteers,
worked great                                                   texting didn't seem to work                                    amount of organization and attitude of everyone. What a blast.

                                                                                                                              early release of the last runners... got very restless waiting for our
                                                                                                                              snowboarder to finish... was second to last to start and pretty much
good                                                                                                                          ran alone the entire time rather than actually among others.




                                                               our teams was a bit disorganized after the race was over and i don;t knwo if there was one, but maybe a more obvious awards
                                                               we missed the awards fro top guns for two of our team        stage, higher off the ground so as to be more visible from anywhere
worked great                                                   members. was there a big stage for awards presentations? in the finishing area
no complaints


works well, keep it!   Get the runners onto flatter ground PLEASE!!!




                       Move the running leg to flat ground, not on the steep Mt. Baker
                       Hwy.
                                                         Did your team make a                                                                            What did you like about the Junior
Did your team make any type of effort to drive less or   TEAM SITE on the Ski to                                          Would you like to be contacted Race at Lake Padden on Saturday,
recycle?                                                 Sea website?              What would improve the TEAM SITES? regarding your feedback?           May 16?
                                                                                   the media was not active in the ski to
yes, we always car pool                                  Yes                       sea team sites                         Yes


We drove separately to Bellingham. Once there, we
walked or carpooled as often as possible. We recycled our
empty beer cans. :)                                       No                                                              Yes                            n/a

Yes, we recycle, and 4 carpooled up the mountain.        No                        Didn't heare about them, are they free? Yes


We carpooled to the hill...no-brainer.                   No                                                               No
Came from 350 miles away.                                No                                                                                              N/A




Speaking for myself, yes! Met my co-racers three days
before, so don't know if they did make an effort.        No                        NA                                     Yes                            NA




yes                                                      No                                                               No




no                                                       No                                                               No
we were thinking you could offer a bus in effort to go
"green" up to MT. Baker and charge people. we would
pay!                                                     Yes                                                              Yes
Yes.                                                     No                                                               No                             Very family friendly.
                                                                                                        I was one of the voluntees that ran the
                                                                                                        event. The children's excitment and
                                                                                                        the community's involvement was
yes.                                                      No                                      Yes   great to see. Nice work.


Not Really                                                No                                      Yes


                                                                                                        that was fantastic. I loved the
                                                                                                        atmosphere--the excitement. It was
                                                                                                        very well organized and the course was
yes-we carpooled to certain events.                       No                                      No    great for all legs.


We carpooled the enitre way.                              Yes   Nothing. I liked the team site!   No


Yes, we planned lots of carpooling and used the shuttle at
Western                                                    No                                     Yes


yes                                                       No                                      Yes

We carpooled                                              Yes                                     No




Yes!                                                      Yes                                     Yes
Yes. We had less cars and I always make sure we recylce. Yes                                             Yes




Yes. We had less cars and I always make sure we recylce. Yes                                             Yes
yes                                                      No    The results text did not work             No




We carpooled and recycled.                              No     I didn't check them out.                  No     Didn't go.




                                                               It is something we will look into for next
We carpooled as much as possible.                       No     year                                       Yes   I didn't attend


we carpooled to the ski, run, bike legs, and to the
canoe/mtb legs                                          No                                               Yes

N/A                                                     No     N/A                                       No     N/A
yeah we recycled those news magazines that were handed
out. I'd hate to think that 414 teams were participated by
recycling these magazines. No one I know read them.        Yes         No

Yes                                                       No           No


Yes                                                       No           No




yes                                                       Yes    n/a   No




yes                                                       Yes    n/a   No

we carpooled to the ski/run/bike portion.                              No




Hard to do as currently constructed                       No
                                                                             The kids had a great time and that's all
YES!!!                                                    No     ?     Yes   that matters
Yes, all of those team members taking care of the ski"
portion of the race carpooled up to the mountain          that is   the road biker   the cross-country skier   the downhill boarder

We all carpooled as much as possilbe to Bellingham and
also to our events.                                       Yes                        Yes                       did not attend
Only used 2 cars                                                                     Yes

carpooled with another team to the mountain legs.         No                         No




                                                                                                               it was awesome! great set-up, very
                                                          No                         Yes                       organized and the kids had FUN!

carpool                                                   No
yes - all mtn team in one car, one car canoe, mtn bike.
mtn biker road home.                                                                 No
We carpooled up to the mountain.                            No                            No


yes, we carpooled up the mountain for the first 4 legs of
the race.                                                                                 No    did not attend.

Yes not recycle but carpooling                              No    More information        Yes   I wasnt part of it


Yes. leap frogged with cars. Carpooled to the mountain.     No                            No




Yes, we always do.                                          Yes   Make them searchable!   Yes   N/A


                                                            No

Carpooling. Paying the Green Fee.                           No    n/a                     No    n/a

of course!                                                  No    ? not sure              Yes   na
                                                                                                       No




We planned out our car use to minimize the number of
vehicles total. We were limited by the fact that we had
two teams and therefore 4 boats to manage.                No                                           Yes

                                                               Have them be automatically entered,
                                                               then the racers could improve them if
Not really.                                               No   they wished.                            No




carpooled                                                 No                                           No


We only used 3 cars the day of the race to consolidate
vehicles and drive less.                                  No                                                 N/A
not more than usual                                       No                                             No

Yes, both. During the event and the weekend festivities   No                                             Yes


Yes                                                                                                      No

                                                                I couldnt figurew out how to get
                                                                anything posted. It looked like only part
                                                                of my home page was showing and                 Didnt go. But other people said it was
yes, always do                                            Yes   there were no opyions I could find        Yes   fun




eE car pooled and avoided plastic water bottles           No

We carpooled but that's what we normally do. No extra
special effort. Just the usual.                           No                                             No     Didn't attend


We did recycle, driving was similar to yrs. past.         No


yep                                                       No                                             Yes

yes                                                       No                                             No

yes                                                       No                                             No




Car pooled.                                               No                                             No
We've gotten the carpool down to a science now!              No          No
No conscientious effort but did quite a bit of participant
carpooling                                                   No    n/a   Yes   n/a
yes - we carpooled our alpine racers, runner and road
biker                                                        No




We carpooled as best as we could.                            No
                                                             No          No




                                                             No          Yes


                                                             Yes         No




no                                                           Yes         No
no                                                         Yes                                         No
yes                                                        No     ?                                          -




                                                                  If we were more organized we would
yes - we did better in all areas than in the past          No     have made one                        No    ---
We had to drive from Montana...                            No     NA                                   No    NA

Car pooled, recycling didnt really come into play, took
care of my water bottle when I finished my leg of the race. No    Had one on FaceBook                  Yes
                                                            No
                                                            Yes


we tried. all four mountain racers went up together                                                    No

                                                                                                       No




mountain bike biked home... in general we did the race
with 3 cars total.                                         No                                          No


Yes                                                        No                                          No    Didn't participate
                                                               Nothing you need to do..I just need to
carpooled as much as possible.                           Yes   start our site sooner next yr.           Yes

                                                               I didn't look at them. Using Facebook
                                                               might be an option; seems simple.              The pre-race meeting wasn't endless as
Just common sense.                                       No    Something many people already do.              it was last year. Race got off quickly.


We did it with two cars (and we always recycle.) We heard
about a team who did it without driving, and are just
talking about how to try the same next year.              No                                                  Didn't see it...


We carpooled and recycled what there was to recycle.     No                                             No




yes                                                      No                                             No
yes                                                      No                                             No




WE carpooled and recycled!                               No                                             No




carpooled                                                No                                             No

not really                                               No                                             No    N/A


recycle yes, carpooled as able.                          No
We all recycled every plastic bottle we used for fluids.   No   They looked good   Yes


We carpooled to the top of the mountain.                   No                      No




                                                                                         Great race, very well run. Seemed
yes. Carpooled. We always recycle.                         No                      Yes   smooth.

yes- we carpooled, used our own waterbottles, biked to
the festival, and used our lovely shopping bag we got from
you!                                                       No   na                 No    na




An initial attempt was made but we could have done
better                                                     No                      Yes
Made a Green Donation                                       No                                            No
carpooling and utilizing the recycle containers provided by
the race                                                    No       n/a                                  Yes

We always carpool                                              No                                         No     na

                                                                     it was a little slow going to get
we've been pretty green before the big push this year          Yes   everything up there...                No
                                                                     Our team formed late, otherwise would
Always carpool when we can.                                    No    have made site.                       Yes
                                                               Yes




took the shuttle. I won't do that again if it's run the same                                                     Well-organized, good weather, ran on
way, though. I would've arrived on time if I'd've driven                                                         schedule, orientation for the racers
myself.                                                        No                                         No     seemed good.




Recycle yes, we car pooled as much as we thought we
needed to, we could more but the road biker doesn't want
to get up that early.                                    Yes         Practice.                            Yes    na

car pool, rode to Fairhaven from Squalcone Harbor              No                                         Yes

carpooled with runner                                          No                                         No
                                                                                                                 My niece and her team kicked arse in
                                                                                                                 the over-12 girls (?) yeaaaahhhhhh
Yup, I hitchhiked up the mountain with another team            No    not sure                             No     They love it.
Yes                                        No                                         Yes

NO                                         No                                               Fun for the kids


sure enough                                No                                         No


we recycled our empties. lots of empties   No   more publicity                        No    Junior race?




We always have                             No                                         No

yes                                        No

                                                I don't know if my team make a team         2 of my students were on the winning
nope                                            site                                  Yes   team




yes.                                                                                  Yes

You bet                                    No                                         No
                                           No                                         Yes


nope                                       No   no idea                               Yes
Four of us carpooled up to the mountain, we made a good
point to only use reusable water bottles. That's about it. No             Yes


We always recycle. Tried to drive less...but not much.    No




Yes                                                       No              No
                                                                          No
Standard carpooling/nothing extra                         No              No    NA


no. we carpooled                                          No              Yes
                                                          Yes   nothing   No    didn't attend


Yes                                                       No    n/a       No    n/a


we carpooled                                              No              No




We didn't try not to.                                     No    NA        No




none, other than carpooling as much as possible           No              No

Yes we carpooled                                          Yes             No
not really                                                 No                                              Yes    NA
                                                                 Use an easier software; also it's really
                                                                 really hard to find the link to team sites
We tried to get volunteers up at Mt. Baker but it didn't         from the home page, and I still see
really happen.                                             Yes   nowhere to vote.                           Yes

carpool.                                                   No                                              No




We had 2 teams from our church and we all carpooled.
We also recycled all our bottles.                          Yes                                             No


Not particularly.                                          No                                              No




We're always about recycling even when we just took our
bottles and trash home with us. We did do some
carpooling.                                             No                                                 No


yes                                                        Yes   not sure                                  No     NA
we carpooled...                                             No                         didnt really know about it   Yes   n/a




yes                                                         Yes                        ?                            No




Yes - I took 3 cyclists to the road bike start from other
teams                                                       No                                                      Yes




Huh????                                                     No

                                                                                                                          Yes, we carpooled as much as possible,
                                                            No problems. Seemed easy                                      but it's still a driving-intensive event,
5-Outstanding!                                              and efficient.                                                probably by necessity, with seven legs.

We carpooled.                                               Yes                                                     No


they carpooled up the mtn.                                  Yes                        never used it                Yes   n/a
Yes, we carpooled as much as possible                       Yes                        Make it easier to upload     No
There wasn't paper recycling at the canoe start, which was
a bummer. We teamed up with another team to help with
driving.                                                   No                                   No

Yes but we always have.                                        No   n/a                         No

                                                                                                No

always recycle.                                                No                               Yes

yes                                                            No                               Yes

I dont thinl so.                                               No                               No




yes we did a lot of carpooling and some with other teams No                                     No    missed it this year
                                                                                                      We love this race...every year our kids
yes, we carried 5 racers (1 dh skier, 2xc skiers, 2 runners)                                          enjoy it..we participate in the
in one car to the top of baker.                                No                                     community division.

for sure                                                       No




We carpooled. I always recycle/reuse.                          No   Didn't even look at them.   No

                                                                                                No
We recycled but we always do!                                                                  No




carpooled, etc                                  Yes


recycle                                         No    -                                        No    team spirit

we carpooled and recycled                       No    ?                                        No    ?

We carpooled as much as possible.               No                                             No




car pool, baby                                  No    N/A                                      No    N/A
                                                      A place for a bio on each racer in the
Yes, drive less and carpool.                    Yes   team.                                    No    Didn't know that it was on that day.


We carpooled with another team from our area.   Yes                                            Yes
Carpooled better.                                     No                                            No

                                                            Excellent directions to and from each
                                                            site! mapquest didn't know of a few
As best as we could!                                  Yes   road changes.                           Yes

                                                                                                    No    Wasn't there




                                                            More options for doing your own thing
Yes, more carpooling, recycle bins in the vehicles.   Yes   in the right side bar.                No




                                                      No                                            No




                                                      No                                            No
Used our time-proven carpooling ways, so that worked
well. No new, special efforts.                             No   No    N/A




yes                                                        No   Yes

We carpooled as much as possible and were a "green
team"                                                      No

We always do.                                              No   No




That was very difficult since our team was not from just
one area.                                                  No   Yes   I did not attend.




No                                                         No
yes                                                        No                                              Yes   N/A




Unfortunately we involved more vehicles than usual
because our cousins were visiting, and they followed our
team along the course (except for the mountain part) in
an extra car.                                              No                                              Yes

Nope. One vehicle to each venue.                           No                                              No




Oh hell yes.                                               No                                              Yes
yes, car pooling                                           No




                                                                 I don't know, but it was a great idea and
yes.                                                       Yes   we had fun making ours.                   No    I didn't see it.

Not really. We always recycle. Not sure how to drive less
except a bus to top of mtn.                               No     didnt know about that.                    No    did not go.

Not really. We always recycle. Not sure how to drive less
except a bus to top of mtn.                               No     didnt know about that.                    No    did not go.
                                                                 waste of time, not worth it, get rid of
Yes                                                        No    this                                      No    Super fun event!
                                                               Our team had a web designer on it, so
Yes, we carpooled and recycled everything as usual. It         she was in charge of our site. She said         I've never really done anything with
would be cool to have biked everywhere like the Green          it was VERY confusing to figure out, so         the Junior Race, so the date of it
team though                                              Yes   perhaps a simpler set up would help.      No    doesn't matter much to me.




Of course!                                               No                                              Yes


We always Recycle but we did a good job of carpooling.   Yes                                             Yes




Carpooled.                                               Yes   More participation                        No




                                                         No                                              No




Yes                                                      No                                              No
                                                                                                               it was spo much fun. the kids have a
                                                                                                               great time. thanks for all the effort to
yeah our team carpooled                                  No                                              No    put this on!
We carpooled as much as possible, but we probably didn't
go above and beyond.                                     No                                            No




yes, i only rode my bicycle during the entire event
n/a                                                                                                    No    n/a


                                                                New team leader and he didn't follow
yes, carpooled more                                       No    up with it. I really liked the idea.




yes we used carpool frequently                            No                                           No

we carpooled. and we always recycle                                                                    Yes




yes                                                       No    -                                      No    N/A

we carpooled as much as possible and recycled everything
we could. I was very impressed by the accessability of
recycling bins.                                          No                                            No




Yes, we carpooled, and went to each leg finish and picked
up the next racer. We tried to use our own water in
reuseable containers instead of the bottled water that was
provided. Any bottles that were used were recycled.        No                                          No
                                                                 started to and then got distracted. It's
we only take one car for the first four legs.              No    a neat idea.                             No




                                                           No                                            No


Yes, we car pooled.                                        Yes                                           Yes

carpooled                                                                                                      Ran smoothly!




                                                                                                               It's a fantastic day, and one of our
                                                                                                               favorite B'ham activities. The kids all
                                                                                                               have such a great time, and are so
                                                           No                                            Yes   supportive of each other.

We tried to minimize vehicles but I did hear from a
coworker that when they drove up to Mt Baker the next
day that there was a lot of trash strewn up and down the
highway.                                                   No                                            Yes
Carpool and strategically arrange the pick-ups.             No    Yes




Yes, we used one big van to ferry the first four racers plus
friends/family up and down the mountain.                     No   No


We use as few vehicles as possible but with a multi-leg
race cars are needed to move everyone along the race
route.                                                      No    No
                                                                            No




No                                                     Yes                  No


N/A                                                    No    N/A            Yes   N/A

                                                                                  I would only like to be contacted
                                                                                  regarding my feed back if it were any
                                                                                  benefit to the race organizers. This
                                                                                  was as always a great event, with a
                                                                                  consistently wonderful army of
                                                       No                   Yes   volunteers.
yes                                                    No                   No

Recycle                                                No                   No

yes                                                                         No    fun for the kids and great prizes!!
yup. we always car pool and do not use one use water                              first time in years we did not go. Kids
bottles                                                No    do not know.   No    grew up


yes, we carpooled and recycled.                        Yes                  No
Yes, lots of carpooling.                               Yes                  No




Lots of carpooling, of course.                         Yes
Carpooled the whole way from Portland, then picked up
peeps in Seattle. We ALWAYS recycle, we're from
OREGON.                                                 No                 No


We carpooled                                                  Dont' know         Kids had a great time


NA                                                            NA           No    Didn't attend.


                                                        No                 Yes




                                                        No                 No


coordinated rides to various legs                       No                 No




Recycled all plastic bottles.                           No                 No    N/A

We did use carpool, but no more than previous years     Yes                No




yes                                                     No                 Yes




yes                                                     No                 Yes
Yes, we minimized cars.                                 No                 No
yes                                                             Yes   not sure                                   Yes   did not go


yes - we carpooled.                                             No                                               No

a little bit. we were already going to carpool.                 No    i don't really know                        Yes

a little bit. we were already going to carpool.                 No    i don't really know                        Yes




Not really, but we economized where we could.                   No                                               No

we carpooled.                                                   No                                               No


always                                                          No                                               Yes   n/a


always                                                          No                                               Yes   n/a




                                                                      Not sure. I think there would need to
We tried to recycle all of our bottles, however, at some              be a little more motivation for
legs, the recycling bins were not available/on-site until the         participants to create a site. Having it
leg almost started. I specifically remember looking for a             available is great, but I think a lot of
recycling bin after the mandatory meeting, and could not              people are too busy to figure out how
find one.                                                       No    to create it, and update it regularly.     No    N/A
Always.                                                         Yes                                              No
car pooled                                                      No                                               No
We carpooled                                                    No                                               No
always do.                                                                                                                  Yes

We all recycle.                                        No                                                                   No    N/A

shared rides, all Smart Trips                          No                                                                   No
yes                                                                                                                         No

yes                                                    No                                                                   No

yes ride-share                                         No                                                                   No    Fun




                                                       Yes                                                                  Yes


We always do what we can. I was glad to see the Food
Plus recycling containers but there needs to be one
everywhere there's a regular garbage can.              No                         N/A                                       No    N/A

                                                       Something about the
                                                       traffic at the end. It was
                                                       easier to ride my bike from
                                                       teh MTB finish to the end We car pooled and some road bikes to
Nope.                                                  than to drive a car.        the end celebration to reduce traffic.         ???
                                                          this is hardly an issue as
                                                         the race provided most of
                                                         the receptacles necessary.
                                                         We carpooled in larger
Yes. We put in money and bought special recycled         vehicles which forced
material shopping bags from Whole Foods for 50 cents     individuals to have to sit
and used those as our day containers" for anything we    for a very long time waiting
could not find recycling or proper waste streams for.    at the beginning or end of
However                                                  their legs                   but it saved emissions and driving."   No

                                                                                     A prize for the best team site given out
Yes, car pooling                                         No                          at the finish line.                      No   Loads of fun and excited kids.

yes we car pool                                          No




we always carpool, then rode bikes from event to event   Yes                                                                 No




no                                                       Yes                         n/a                                     No


nope                                                     No                          not sure..never seen it.                No
carpooled                               No    n/a                                      No    n/a


No idea.                                No    No idea.                                 Yes   I didn't attend.


Yes, carpooled for all legs.            No                                             No


See Q. 3.                                                                              Yes

carpooled 2 teams to mountain                                                          No

                                              I started to make a site but it wasn't
                                              easy for a beginner computer user like
                                              myself. I don't know if it wasn't
                                              compatible w/ my apple or what but I
                                              didn't want to take the time to figure it
Absolutely.                             No    out. Great idea though.                   No

How is this question relevant?          Yes   unsure
no recycling at Riverside Park - why?   Yes                                            Yes




Yes, we used no cars to compete         No
Yes, we used vehicles to support multiple teams.             Yes   Yes




some                                                         No    Yes   It was great.


no                                                           No


                                                             Yes   No


                                                             Yes   No

It was our first race. I think all members of our team are
environmentally oriented. We minimized driving and
participated in recycling.                                   No    No
                                                                 I liked the programing improvements
                                                                 that occurred prior to the race. Thanks
                                                                 Mel! The whole process was time
                                                                 consuming but worthwile and I'm
I dumped my water bottle in the proper receptical and we         guessing we will do a better job next
coordinated our driving. I saw very little trash anywhere. Yes   year.                                   Yes
not really. I ended up not driving back from Seattle to
Tacoma, but did have a friend come pick me up, so I rode         Make them more known. I didn't know
in a car everywhere.                                       No    about this.




                                                                 I have no idea, I was really out of the
                                                                 loop until the day of the race but that's
Yeah, we carpooled as much as possible.                   No     because I was traveling.                  No   I wasn't there.




no                                                        No     n/a                                      Yes   n/a
                                                          No
Carpool up to mtn w/ skier and runner                  No


                                                       No                                                               No


                                                       No                                                               No
                                                                                   Where do you see the team name
We all car pooled to b-ham. Recycled and composted                                 winners and your name place in the
everythi ng. We even reduced waste by getting a keg.   Yes                         ranks?                               Yes   didn't attend

Lotsa carpooling                                       No                                                               No


same as usual                                          No                                                               No


                                                        or trying to say something
                                                       that it's not. Read it for
                                                       yourself: "VETERANS
                                                       DIVISION All racers (any
                                                       gender) must have an
                                                       average age of 50+ by race
                                                       day. One team member
                                                       can be 35+ years old on
                                                       race day." The definition
                                                       in the first sentence makes
                                                       it mandatory that one
                                                       team member will be 35+
                                                       on race day... so why is the
                                                       second sentence there?
                                                       What is it really trying to                                            We simply linked to our pre-existing
the second of which is either utterly redundant        communicate? "               Yes.                                Yes   team website (blog).
Not especially, we do try and carpool every year.        No                                                                 Yes


How could you. Sadly, the logistics make this is an
automobile focues event. If you want to make it green,
scrap the format.                                        Yes                                                                Yes




Always have.                                             Yes                       Not sure and not that important to me.


                                                         We carpooled to the top of
                                                         the mtn - but we've always
Better first aid.                                        done it this way.          No                                      N/A   No


yes, carpooled. no throw away items used.                Yes                       getting more exposure.                   Yes   great way to get kids involved.

                                                         No                                                                 No




car pool                                                 No                                                                 Yes
car pool                                                      No                                             Yes

                                                                     couldn't see instructions because it was
not a great effort, no                                        No     on a new PDF version?                    No   organized very well




yes                                                           No                                             No
I always recycle.                                             No                                             No    n/a




We carpooled from Portland Or, and recycled!                  No                                             No




Yes, we carpooled all over.                                   No     Not sure                                No
not really                                                    No     ?                                       No    n/a


Yes, it was impractical and a logistical nightmare. All racing
is un-environmental, don't even try.                           No    N/A                                     No    N/A
Yes.                                                           Yes                                           No




Not any moreso than in our daily lives.                       No                                             No
We always recycle what we can; carpooled as much as
possible                                                  No                                           No


yes as much as was feasable. We shared rides at all timess No   n/a                                    Yes   n/a

Yes                                                       No    Making them more well known            No

yes, carpooled                                            No                                           No
Organized carpool efforts for meeting and moving                Lines would overlap if you didn't space
between legs.                                             Yes   enough. Kinda funky quark!              No

We carpooled, and we always recycle                       No                                           No


We used the bins when available                           No                                           No    N/A
yes                                                       Yes                                          No
yes                                                       Yes                                          No
Yes                                                       No                                           Yes

We carpooled with another team.                           No                                           No


We tried, but We still used 3 cars during the race.       Yes   I thought they were easy to use.       No




                                                                                                       No    The weather.

yes, combined trips                                       No                                           No
                                                                     Making it easier to download photos on
                                                                     the individual pages. I also had trouble
                                                                     trying to enlarge the thumbnail so
                                                                     people could read our sponsor's logo
                                                                     better. (Though I saw other teams
No, though we did pay the green fee ($8) and carpooled               didn't have this problem, posting huge
half our team up the mountain, like most teams.               Yes    thumbnails.)                             Yes


Yes!                                                          Yes    Not sure                                No     NA




next year if I participate I only want to participate on a car-
free team.                                                      No


Carpooled as much as possible.                                Yes                                            No
                                                              Yes                                            No
No more than usual.                                                If we had one I didn't look at it.   Yes   How inspired the kids were to practice.


Yes, we always do!                                            No                                        Yes   NA
Yes, I left all of the unnecessary crap that you put in my
team bag at the pickup center. I think it's hypocritical to
charge a green fee and then hand out tons of plastic and                                                      Didn't go this year, but I always love
paper to each team.                                           No                                        No    seeing the kids race.
carpool and cooperation                                       No

Carpool and biking                                            No                                        No




Yes, only 3 cars for the team and 3 spectators/support.       No                                        No
Yes, we carpooled and recycled.                             Yes   No    everything!
yes, we carpooled and walked to the race starts             No    No
Yes                                                         No    No
not any more than normal                                    No    No

lots of car pooling organisation. camped near glacier - low
impact camping!                                             No

                                                            No


We did the same as usual: carpool up and down, hand off
cars between areas, etc.                                No        No




                                                                  Yes
Sure- Carpooling was leveraged to minimize traffic at all
legs and the finish                                         No    No

yes                                                         Yes   No




Recycle and drove one less car                              No    No    n/a
                                                                      Just carpooled more, used recycling
average age                                                   etc."   bins at legs.                           Yes    Easier way to insert pictures!




dont think so                                                 No      ?                                       No     did not attend
Yes, but could always do more. We used reusable water
bottles and recylced our beer bottles. Driving logistics is           Make it clear to the size requirments of
still a tough one to reduce.                                  Yes     the thumbnail.                           Yes   NA




yeah we had to recycle thanks to the garbage bin nazi's ;)    No                                              Yes


3 legs carpooled up the mountain.                             No                                              No

Absolutely. Carpooled as much as possible, both to the
race and during the race. Recycled everything we could.       Yes                                             No

recycle, but why not recycle the numbers and pins?            No                                              Yes    na
Not that I know of. Although I carpooled with some other
mt bikers during the pre-ride.                           Yes              Yes   I was not present!




yes                                                     Yes               No


We recycled                                             No                No

                                                                                Awards ceremony was cool. The prize
                                                        No                No    giveaway was a nice bonus too.
We carpooled and one of us walked to the start of the
race                                                    Yes               No
                                                                                Did not see this race. I wish I would
Unknown                                                 Yes    Unknown.   No    have.

                                                        Yes               No




no more than usual                                      No                No
yes                                                         No     n/a                                      No     n/a

Our team stayed together in Glacier, and recycled all that
we could over the weekend. We used re-usable water
bottles instead of getting bottled water.                  No                                               No

we carpooled, and recycled.                                 No                                              No

We did carpool the first three legs, but that just made
sense anyway.                                               No                                              No     Did not go to that one.




Not really, in fact our wives and families were with us this
year, so we drove more, although we still car pooled as
usual.                                                       Yes                                             Yes
                                                                   I thought getting it started seemed a bit
no                                                          No     cumbersome.                               No




Carpool when doable.                                        No                                              Yes

                                                                                                                   The obvious community involvement
Not more than usual, but next year we'll be riding bikes to                                                        and the sportsmanship displayed by all
Fairhaven.                                                  No     Maybe have a quick template to use.      No     the youth I saw.




We shared cars.                                             No                                              No

yes                                                         No     N/A                                      No
We carpooled and reused water bottles. We used
reusable packaging for snacks.                   Yes                                            No




Car pooled where practical                       No    Unused so "no comment"                   Yes   not involved..."no comment"
first 4 legs carpool                             No




i car pooled with one friend                     No                                             No

Carpooled                                        No                                             Yes

                                                       make the user name and password for
                                                       the team site available. we registered
                                                       our site but we never received our
                                                       security login! and there were no
                                                       instructions on the main s2s site on
yes. we used 3 cars for 8 racers!                Yes   how to address the problem.              Yes

no                                               No                                             Yes   ?




Yes we did.                                      No    N/A                                      No    N/A
Yes. Carpooling and logistics are always part of the team
pre-race meeting.                                           Yes   na                                     No    na

We carpooled to the race and biked down to the finish.      Yes                                          No


Yes, we carpooled as much as we could.                      Yes                                          No

                                                                  Never received an email w/user name
                                                                  and password so couldn't do anything
Not really                                                  Yes   other than to create the site          No    NA

We carpooled as much as possible and recycled water
bottles everywhere allowable. There was no recycling
found at the start of the mountain biking leg.              No                                           No




yes                                                         No                                           Yes


No                                                          No                                           No


yuo, we got a keg to reduce waste, and we all planned to
bike all weekend until somebody got stitches in his knee
and was told he couldn't bike                               No                                           Yes

yeah - we carpooled with other teams on the different
legs.                                                       Yes                                          No
yes                                                                                                      na
Yes                                                    No                                          No




Carpooling with other teams                            No                                          No    N/A


unfortunately no                                       No    N/A                                   No    N/A

yes                                                    Yes   site was great
yes                                                    No    nothing                               No    awesome




We car pool as much as possible.                       No

4 of our members carpooled to our spots                Yes   Nothing, they looked great            No    Didn't attend

yes, minimal use of cars, carpooling and brought own
containers for beverages                               No    ???                                   No    n/a


                                                             Knowing how to get information onto
Yes, we carpooled.                                     Yes   the website.                          Yes


nothing more than what we do already                   Yes                                         No

carpooled - used only 2 cars                           Yes                                         No
                                                                                                              Was not involved, but lked the Herald's
Car pooled and limited total # of vehicles.               No                                            Yes   article and it seemed to go well.
We carpooled, that's really it though. Didn't litter or
anything.                                                 No                                            No




yes. carpooled with another team whenever possible        No    n/a                                     No    n/a

Yes. Yes.                                                 No                                            No    N/A

                                                                they were not super simple to use and
                                                                you couldnt just click around and figure
yes                                                       Yes   it out if you diddnt know what to do.    No   -
Vehicles and participants were staged with lowered
driving in mind.                                          Yes   Better search functionality.            No




No more than normal.                                      No                                            No


                                                          No                                            No


                                                          Yes
No                              No                                                                Yes




                                I rode to Hovander Park
                                and then on to the finish
                                line in Fairhaven to save a                                       WE didn't spend much time on
                                car-trip or two.              Yes                                 ours. We should've.          No

we coordinated for efficiancy   No                                                                No
yes, by car pooling.            No
                                                                                                                              My kids were in it, and the
                                                                                                                              organization and volunteers were
                                                                                                                              phenomenal. I liked that you kept
                                                                                                                              parents out of it. Kids were in the
                                                                                                                              hands of capable volunteers, no
                                No                                                                                            meddling parents!




Yes, we car pooled.             No                                                                No




                                                                                                                              No comment - was busy test riding the
Yes                             No                            We should have and will next year   Yes                         course on Saturday
always trying to do that                                No         No


carpooling when possible                                No   n/a   No    n/a

Yes, we only used 3 vehicles.                           No         No




                                                                         Incredibly well run and organized, this
                                                                         was my first time there and I was SO
                                                                         impressed. And organizers were very
We always pack our car up the mountain with people. I                    encouraging to the young folks in the
was VERY happy at the recycling bins this year.         No         No    race. My daughter had a blast.


                                                                   Yes
Yes                                                      No                                              Yes




Yes                                                       No                                             Yes
We carpooled during the race and rode bikes to the end at
Fairhaven                                                 No
                                                               It "appeared" to be complicated to
                                                               enter data and pictures in it so we did
Yes                                                      Yes   not really use the site.
We always try to limit excesss driving and to recycle. But
no extra efforts were made this year.                        No         No

yes, we always carpool                                       No         No    N/A




not my team but we car pooled with other competitors         No         Yes   didnt participate




Yes, we carpooled up to the Mt. Baker Ski area.              No   N/A   No    N/A




yep hence me getting up at 6 am for my leg at 3:30 pm so
we could car pool.                                       Yes            Yes
Yes- we recycled at both the pre and post race BBQs.   No                                             No    Well organized and a ton of fun.




We purchased the green team option, and carpooled            I had trouble logging into team site -
whenever possible.                                     No    that is why I did not create one.        No

you bet!                                               No                                             No

yes                                                    Yes                                            No


                                                                                                      Yes

                                                       Yes                                            No


Yes. Recycling and carpooling.                         Yes                                            No




you bet                                                No                                             No
yes. we did lots of car pooling                         No    N/A                                      No




yes. we did lots of car pooling                         No    N/A                                      No


                                                                                                       No

recycle yes, and rode our bikes to race finish.         Yes   More photos                              No

                                                        Yes                                            No

we carpooled as much as possible and always recycle     No                                             No     didn't go




                                                              Make a competition out of the websites
                                                              and post that in the ski to sea guide, in
We all carpooled, and didn't bring anything to really         Herald. Or give prizes for that at the
recycle.                                                Yes   finish line as well.                      Yes   didn't attend
We followed the race plan online. We recycle.                No                                           No


No, it was our first time to do it and we did not know how
to deal with the logistics. Next year maybe.               No                                             No    I wasn't involved.




We rode bikes to Fairhaven at the end (other than one
team member who drove a car so that we could get the
kayak back). I rode my bike to the start of the kayak leg.
Otherwise, I suspect we were pretty traditional.             No                                           Yes


We carpooled!                                                Yes   We didn't really use ours very much.


We all rode bikes to as many locations as we could, but we
couldn't do that for the mountain events or the canoe.     No                                             No
yes!                                              Yes   Nothing, I thought the sites are great!   No    NA
no                                                Yes                                             No




Nope.                                             No                                              Yes




A lot of car pooling. Alwasy recycle.             Yes   Up to the teams, the tools are there.     No    NA




We did some carpooling of people and equipment.   No                                              No




carpooled up the hill we always recycle           No                                              Yes

Yes                                               Yes                                             No

Only for the sake of convenience.                 No    N/A (didn't use)                          No




no                                                Yes                                             No
Just 4 people in one vehicle to the top of the mountain.
Like most people.                                            No    Didnt even look at them.           No    n/a

Yes, drove less and brought our own water bottles. Water
stations where you could refill bottles would be much
better than handing out so many bottles.                 No                                           Yes   n/a


carpooled in the AM                                          No                                       Yes

We spent a lot of time figuring out logistics to keep our car
usage down.                                                   No                                      No
combined with another team to take fewer cars up the
mountain                                                      No                                      No
We try to drive together as much as possible,                 No                                      Yes

We carpool up the mountain like every year. I rode my
bike from home to the Kayak exchange then to awards.         Yes

YES!                                                         No                                       No
                                                                   Only have team sites with actual
We only used three cars as requested                         Yes   content                            No    We didn't partake


always carpool                                               No                                       No

As much as we could                                          No                                       No    NA
No                                                           No                                       No
yes                                                          No                                       No
we always do                                          No                                              Yes




Yes - recycle.                                        No                                              No     N/A

Nope                                                  No     n/a                                      Yes

                                                             Allow FTP of HTML pages and pictures.
                                                             Allow forwarding to existing sites. The
Yes, we carpooled to the mountain. I was very                user interface was not easy to figure
disappointed to see 8 copies of an unwanted magazine         out so I didn't even update my site. If I
and 8 copies of some photography advertisement in each       could have used HTML docs and
racing packet...what a waste.                          Yes   existing sites I would have.              Yes   I didn't make it to this race

                                                      No                                              No
some                                                  No                                              No

nope                                                  No                                              No

no                                                    No                                              No
                                                      No                                              No

absolutely                                            No     n/a                                      No     n/a
                                                       nothing - it seemed to have a lot of
                                                       capabilities. I didn't really like that
                                                       some people used them just to
We used two cars with team members carpooling.   Yes   advertise their business.                 No


Nope                                             No




                                                 Yes   No                                              Yes

                                                       Didn't know about this - provide more
Yes - we carpooled to Mt Baker                   No    info                                      Yes

                                                       Didn't know about this - provide more
Yes - we carpooled to Mt Baker                   No    info                                      Yes
No                                               No    Not familar                               No    Did not attend


                                                       If I learned how to design a website
Yes, we recycled and carpooled.                  Yes   better.                                   No    I did not attend the Jr. race.




Carpooled to the mountain/hovander               No    I didn't get to see any                   Yes
Yes we carpooled.                                      No                                        No

yes, carpooled to locations                            No    n/a                                 No




Carpooled.                                             No                                        No

                                                             Some teams had really well done sites,
                                                             but if they all were similar with basic
                                                             information (team members, history,
                                                             etc.) that was easily entered then
No.                                                    Yes   maybe more teams would make sites. No




No additional effort. We were already pretty good at
carpooling and recycling from previous years.          No                                        No
                                                                                                                              The text messaging was a waste
                                                                                                                              - I didn't get updates in a timely   I know it's bad form to complain when
                                                                                                                              manner that were helpful to          you win an award, but we have a big
                                                                                                                              me. Our team did group text          pile of plaques in our basement,
                                                                                                                              messaging with Tatango that          gathering dust. How about just medals
                                                          I thought it worked great - It seemed to work fine -- better than   was MUCH better. The other           (for rec as well as pro divisions) and no
5-Outstanding!                                            no issues                   past years.                             was a waste of $.                    plaques?


                                                          Yes                                                                 No                                   N/A




yes                                                       No                                                                  No

always.                                                   No                                                                  Yes




                                                           No                                                                 Yes
We did our best to reduce the # of cars on the course. But
ended with 4.                                              No                                                                 No
We did our best to reduce the # of cars on the course. But
ended with 4.                                              No                                                                 No

                                                          No                          IT experience                           No

No.                                                       No

                                                                                      Don't make teams wait to be
                                                                                      "approved". We couldn't create the
                                                                                      site until after the race was over
                                                                                      because we didn't get the logon info
No                                                        Yes                         until Saturday afternoon.               No
We did a little biking in town but could have been better.   No


Yes                                                          No                                      Yes




                                                                   Ease of looking up others team,
I believe so...the reminders are key                         Yes   especially in your division       No
yes                                                          Yes   i liked them                      No    n/a




Carpool and we recycle!                                      Yes   More info!                        Yes   Awesome!

No.                                                          No    They're functional.               No




I recycled my t-shirt - sent it to Goodwill.                 No                                      No




We did a lot of planning and coordination so that we
minimized the amounts of cars used.                          No    not sure, did not use it.         No    n/a
Yes, but that is normal for our crowd.                   No                 No


yes                                                      Yes   don't know   No

                                                         No                 Yes

We carpooled the skiiers and runners with another (rival)
team.                                                     No   n/a          No    n/a

Yes.                                                     Yes                No




Yes.                                                     No                 Yes
Yes                                      No    N/A                                              N/A

Carpooled.                               Yes                                              No

we carpooled--2 cars for the team        No                                               No
Yes                                      No                                               Yes




Carpooled                                No                                               No




Yes                                      No    Not sure I would have to review it.        Yes   I did not get to go.

Somewhat                                 No

Somewhat                                 No

Yes                                                                                       No


Yes, we carpooled as much as possible.   No                                               No

                                               Very hard to use, I gave up after trying
Everyone carpooled                       Yes   a few times                                Yes
yes                                                        Yes                                           No    did not attend




Yup.                                                                                                     Yes


We always recycle plastic bottles, etc. We took a camper
to the top so that three of us could sleep in it.          No                                            Yes




yes, we had racers from 3 teams in one car on the mtn      No                                                  n/a
not this year                                              No                                            No
not this year                                              No                                            No


Yes, we all carpooled                                      No                                            No


We carpooled as we do every year. Both too Bellingham
and between the race events.                               No                                            No




no                                                         Yes   we didn't use it all; no need for it.   No
no                                                         No    Didn't know you could make one.         No
RECYCLE                                                      Yes                           No    THE BIKE GIVEAWAY




yes, I drove my daughter's team in one vehicle and the
parents walked, shuttled and biked in. My husband drove
multiple teams to the top.                                                                 No    organized and friendly as usual

yes                                                          No                            No

Yes, We carpooled and recycled all bottles and cans.         No                            No


yes, first four event participants rode together             Yes   motivation on my part   Yes   n/a
yes                                                          No    no clue                 No
yes                                                          No    no clue                 No

I did not accept the bottled water at the end... :) Biked and
Bussed to the finish line                                     No                           No
We worked with another team and carpooled
everywhere!                                          No                                     No




we always recycle, and carpool when possible...but
nothing special                                      No   don't know about the team sites   No
I screwed up but I had the best of intentions. It would
have been wonderful if someone could have just said       "ok   let's let them squeek on through"?"




                                                                                                      No




Carpooled                                                 No                                          No
                                                            Yes                                             No

We paid the green fee and carpooled up the mountain.
We also dropped participants off at their respective legs
to avoid another trip later to get a vehicle                Yes   I thought it worked well                  No

Carpooled to events. Rode bikes between some events.        No                                              No
Carpooled to baker and dropped off the canoe and
occupants on the morning of the race, to avoid two trips
to Everson.                                                 No                                              No

no                                                          No                                              No


                                                                                                                  1st time participant in the Jr. Ski to Sea-
Carpooled with 2 teams combined                             No                                              No    -WOW!

                                                                  um sence it was my first year it was a
                                                                  little but confusing but i think it was
yah all the girls on my team too the shuttle on the way           good maybe i t you could put on your
there and then got our own rides the way back.              Yes   teams theme song or something.....        Yes   i was great over all


i rode my bike to hovander park                             No




Always.                                                     No                                              No
No                                                          No                                              No    Great fun




i always recycle                                            Yes                                             No
                                                                            No




Yes, lots of carpooling                      Yes   Good templates, thanks   No

                                             No                             No




                                             No                             No


Somewhat.                                    No                             No
Not really                                   No                             No
yes                                          No
yes                                          No                             No


                                                                            No




                                             No                             Yes


Car-pooled first four legs, and last four.
Yes we carpooled.          Yes   No
                           No




yes. Everyone carpooled.   No    Yes




                                 Yes
Yes, we carpooled and as stated, our road biker tried to
ride his bike up the mountain. This only resulted in a
forefiture of our team.                                    No    Yes
                                                           No    No
                                                           No

N/A                                                        No

yes                                                        No    Yes
car pooled                                                       No

                                                                       My three boys participated again and
no                                                         No    No    loved it like always.




                                                           Yes   No
                                                           No    No
                                                           No    No
We carpooled with another team.                 No                                               No
                                                No                                               No


                                                No                                               No




yes                                             Yes                                              No

yes we had 1 DD to get each of us to our leg.   Yes                                              Yes   didn't know about it ?

                                                Yes
                                                No                                               No




We tried to carpool as much as possible.        No                                               No

no...although did car pool to ski area.         No                                               Yes   n/a




                                                No                                                     n/a

                                                No
                                                      We didnt have time to use the team
                                                      site. all of us work for non profits and
no                                              No    are all extremely busy                     Yes   n/a
YES always                                                  Yes


we did carpool                                              No    No

YES WE CAR POOLED                                           No    No

Yes, our teams try to carpool as much as possible and do
our best to recycle all bottles/cans used.                  No    No
                                                            Yes   No




                                                            No    No
                                                            No    No
                                                            Yes   No




we car pooled                                               No    No




Our kayaker actually kyaked to the start instead of driving.
Mt. Biker biked to the start from Bham                       No   Yes

We parked at home and walked to the finish line and back
at the end, and we always recycle.                       No       No
                                                         No       No
For logistics getting off the mountain carpooling was
arranged                                                 No       No
                                                                         No
No                                                          No           No

                                                                               It is a well organized community event
                                                                               where kids can be competetive but
                                                            No           No    have fun.




We car pool up to the mountain                              No           No
                                                            Yes          No




We ALWAYS recycle and did carpool for the race. THANK
YOU for making an effort to green the race.                 No           No


                                                                               It's always fun, the kids get so excited.
                                                                               Nice of Kulshan to give a bike or two
carpooled                                                   No     N/A   Yes   away every year.




                                                            No           No




car pooling all over the place and coordinating car pools to
starts and ends of various legs                              Yes         Yes
car pooled                                                No   No
                                                          No   No
Yes, we carpooled and recycled all items in race and at
party.                                                    No   No




                                                                    The weather was perfect and the
                                                                    Middle School division ran ontime.




                                                                    It's always fun. Volunteers were great
                                                                    as always.
           ALWAYS love the Jr. race - the
           sportsmanship, the comaraderie,
      No   friends vs. friends. Great event.

           ALWAYS love the Jr. race - the
           sportsmanship, the comaraderie,
      No   friends vs. friends. Great event.

           The limit of teams kept the numbers
           managable. The event was easy to
           manuver on the day of the race. The
           results were promptly posted and the
           u-tube was fun to watch.




           My kids have great fun and it
           encourages team spirit without a need
Yes        to WIN!
           I thought it was well organized, and
No    No   fun!
No    No   So much fun!

      No




           Very well organized
What could be improved at the   Any other comments on the Jr
Junior Race?                    Race, Big Race, or Parades?




n/a                             n/a




N/A                             N/A




NA
It would have been nice if we had
some sort of voice projector to
convey directions to the
participants. Many children in the
back of the pack (of all events)
had difficulting hearing important
instructions.




                                     Parade was great! Big race was
                                     truly amazing- great effort from
                                     the organizers and volunteers.
                                     Thank you!
      I met a team that biked all the way
      up to Heather Meadows to do their
      portions of the race. Now that's
      environmentally friendly. I think it
      would be good to get a bus shuttle
      system going with a bus that runs
N/A   on alternative fuels.

      Well done... I really enjoyed the
      relay. It is such a unique event. I
      hope to complete all of the legs at
      some point.




N/A   N/A
nothing
and the runner."   No
Unknown   no




N/A       N/A




n/a       n/a

na
No comment   Nope.
n/a   no
-     -




---   ---
NA    NA
      Grand parade was great!!




      Fix the parking problem!

N/A
                                    I look forward to the Big Race all
                                    year, thanks for hosting it and I'm
                                    in awe of the
I think the climbing wall should be organization/recruiting that must
replaced to be safer and more       go on with the hundreds of
exciting.                           volunteers.




na
Shuttle service to Padden took
forever, and then they drop you
all the way at the golf course! I
could've driven and walked in and I missed more individual" parade
saved time and not needed to      participants. Seemed like a lot of
walk any more than that!          schools




na




not sure - wasn't there            You guys are awesome
leg bands for the 3 leg race.....




free beer and chicken




don't know                          nope
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n/a   it was a great time
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NA   NA
n/a   lots of fun




      I was really disappointed at the
      start of the parade when all the
      cars/turcks/floats were sitting
      there idling for about 45 minutes
      before we even moved. I would
      have thought the parade marshals
      would have been all over that since
      you were trying so hard to keep
      the carbon footprint down. Do
      people think their everyday truck is
      suddenly not going to start
      because they are in a parade??




      Maybe a preformatted template
      people could use to build their site
Yes   would get more people doing it.




n/a   n/a
                                   The volunteers helping take the
                                   canoes out at the end of the canoe
                                   leg were key. Otherwise, there
                                   would have been a total log jam at
                                   the end due to canoe-ers who find
                                   their legs don't work so well after
                                   canoeing for 2.5 hrs.!




                                   Thanks for another great
it was all good. maybe some        experience. We're lucky to live in
extra spaces for disabled viewers. B'ham!

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nice job, thanks for all of your hard
work!!! the most fun event in
bellingham for sure!!!
                    I appreciated all of the volunteers
                    up on the mountain this year and
                    how people were handing out
                    water as soon as you finished. Also
                    appreciated the sunscreen (even
                    though it ran out) on such a
N/A                 beautiful day!




                    Nothing, other than don't mess
I did not attend.   with sucess.
nothing   nope
I don't know- never been
involved.                  No.
n/a   Parade is modest




      Everything was great except the on
N/A   course water. Great job!
                                    Favorite event of the year, thank
Nothing                             you!

Junior race--need to stage the 3-
legged racers better. Two years
running our kids have lost 10+
places when their runners came
in and the 3-legged racers
couldn't get through the crowd.
They need to go back to the way
they used to do it, with
volunteers bringing the next leg
forward as teams get to a certain
point on the course.
As a volunteer, there absolutely
needs to be markings on the bike
course to let the kids know where
they are going. We had volunteer
riders at the beginning, middle
and end of the bikers but there
were still a few kids who got lost.
Tape up paper signs or arrows,
station volunteers around the
trail, or make markings on the
trail with flour or chalk. Anything
to make sure the riders know
where they are going if they get
separated. Also, would it be
possible to post signs around the
park the week before to let the
community know about the race?
I understand the route cannot be
closed, but it would be a courtesy
to both the participants and
community members to know the
race is being held there.
      I just think it is great thing fo rthe
      community that these events are
N/A   available
Can't think of anything   no
                          I liked the earlier start time on the
                          Big Race, along with above
?                         comments. It got over earlier.




                          Keep it up!
n/a   no




n/a   n/a


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N/A   N/A
      Enjoyed the junior Parade more
N/A   than the regular one.




N/A




Yes
No

A volunteer committee to
manage the event.




                           My first year competing in the Big
                           Race and overall it was a great time
                           and I appreciate all the work that
                           went into putting it on.
n/a                n/a


I didn't attend.   Epic race.
Would like to allow team captain
(adult) to check in on young
racers waiting in the staging area.
My 8-year old mtn biker waited a
long time during the community
race and was scared.
      KGMI and the race organizers in
      general need to understand that
      the race includes over 3,000
      participants, only a small fraction
      of whom are elite atheletes. The
      vast majority of people want to
      hear about themselves, their
      friends and teams just like them.
      Everyone competes for different
      reasons and their stories are just as
      interesting, maybe more so, than
      the first place finishers. Besides the
      first place finishers are pretty much
      the same year after year anyway.
      For the elite folks, I do think the
      Top Gun hats are a great idea.


      need more beer gardens




n/a   n/a
Yes
My daughter was in this race. I    The shuttle - make it more often
spectated and think it was very    and able to take people all the way
well run. The shuttle didn't get   in to the parking area. I almost
close enough to the start.         missed my daughter's race.


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      thank you for your help!




      We did not get any text messages,
      even though I paid for unlimited
      text messaging. Perhaps I missed
      some extra form, but I paid a lot
      for not getting any text messages...




n/a   n/a




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Make a day-long festival with lots
of parking. A self contained site
like Hovander must be explored
especially if officials are never
going to introduce a water leg at
Padden. Races are too short and
not real challenging. Lower the
age limit for the junior race.     Junior race is stale and predictable.
NA   NA
                                   One of the best things about this
                                   event is that it get's people active
                                   before and after the event. I like
                                   the idea of bringing back the fun
                                   run. I'm not a big fan of some of
                                   the outrigger rules, mainly being
                                   relegated to the second row and
                                   requireing each boat be carried in a
                                   specific manner by two people. I
                                   also think we got to work on those
                                   numbers. Ya'll could save money
                                   by 1) using tagless numbers since
                                   you don't pull them anyway & 2)
                                   reducing the amount of numbers
Parking is a nightmare. It would on the boat. 4 numbers/boat is, in
be great to be able to use the dog my opinion, overboard. Brandon
park.                              was a great MC for the awards.


NA                                 Didn't make it this year.




                                   Make the photos available in both
                                   digital and print - the print only
                                   sucks badly. I am OK paying but I
                                   want to put my photo on facebook,
                                   web etc. not to have it at home!!!!
      Organization is overall VERY good,
n/a   great crowd of volunteers!!
NA   NA




na   na
                                  Ski to Sea is the Bellingham
                                  Olympics. It's an awesome event
                                  that the community really rallies
                                  around - it's been important to me
                                  as a Bellinghamster since I was in
                                  middle school. It is STILL important
                                  to me. Thanks for making this a
                                  fantastic event accessible to
                                  serious athletics and weekend
I was not present!                warriors alike




Did not see this race. I wish I
would have.                       No.
n/a                                n/a




More volunteers around the
playground to help non-
participants get out of the way.   Nope, just keep 'em coming.
?     ?




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na




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na




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N/A       nope


nothing   no




          thank you, I know it is an enormous
          amount of work, nice job
N/A   N/A




-     -
n/a        n/a




Nothing!




           the big parade is a bit too long.
n/a                                   no




                                      Jr Parade is always way more fun
                                      than the big parade. Encourage
                                      less vehicles in the parade, more
                                      human powered... the commercial
                                      vehicles are always weird to me,
                                      but maybe Little Ceasers etc
Drawings were really nice since       somehow sponsor the parade?
only a few kids get to be on the      Local businesses would be so much
podium.                               better.

recycling bins for cans and bottles
!!! (in Fairhaven)
      GREAT WEATHER how the heck did
      you pull that off.




      I beleive that this would be a great
      T.V event, if it was tweeked" a bit"




N/A   N/A
We love it!




I was pleased to be involved.




great idea to open the road earlier
this year and allow staggered cars
to begin coming down the
mountain
I wasn't involved.   No.
NA   NA




NA   NA
      Are shuttle busses a possibility for
      some parts of the race? Where
      does money go? All to race or
n/a   some to a cause?
n/a   no
The parade was fun. The race
volunteers were excellent. Would
love to see a 30 minute video of
the race highlights.
      There should definitely be a Mixed
      Masters division! I liked the new
      system of sending out the last 10
      teams in each leg -- it helped move
      the awards ceremony along in a
      more timely fashion. The Nelsons
      do an excellent job with the awards
      ceremony!


N/A
        The beer garden needs to be
        reconfigured or enlarged or
        something. It was a zoo in there
        with zero organization. If I'd have
        realized before what it was going
        to take to get a beer before going
        in I would have avoided all
        together.
n/a     n/a




More!   Awesome!




n/a     n/a
n/a   n/a
                     It would be great if the event guide
                     had DETAILED directions for how to
                     get to the different handoff points.
                     Being from out of town it was
                     difficult to find the canoe launch.
                     Also, maybe move the restrooms
                     at the start of the mountain bike
                     leg a few more feet away from the
                     exchange point. They ended up in
N/A                  all of the pictures! Ha!




                     Need to put up sidewalk blocks for
                     safety before parade and have fog
Did not get to go.   horns or microphones.




                     Good job, very helpful volunteers,
                     a great thing to be a part of
n/a   n/a




      Great event, great volunteers,
      great organizers, and
      organizations. Congrats to all who
      participated and supported and to
      Whatcom County and B'ham. Just
      a few issues on timing and
      switching mtb and run course, but
      otherwise a great event.
MAYBE SOMETHING DIFFERENT
THAN THE OBSTACLE LEG.

I didn't see a mention of what
should be used or what is
provided for the three legged
section--would be helpful. Also, I
don't like how spectators run        Well done! Thanks so much for the
across the pathway when the          opportunity to participate in such a
bikers are riding in at the end at   fun race. My whole family has
full speed. Kind of dangerous but    participated at one time or another
don't know what you can do           over many years, and we really
about it.                            enjoy the total experience.
                                     It is nice to have a race for the kids
                                     to do.




n/a                                  Really enjoy jr parade
Better information access. With
on-line registration, there was no
follow-up of info with
participants. I was told all the
team members would receive an
email with info once we
registered but that didn't happen.
An automated message with
receipt of payment for each
parent would have been useful
since many of our first time
racer's families had questions.
                                  Big Race map needs to be
More information in the packets   corrected and the Jr. map needs to
about the reality of race day     be enlarged or sizable on the web
parking.                          site.


                                  i only went to the jr. race so if you
when we say awards i couldnt      get confused cause i might of filled
hear of see                       in something wrong....
Finish line should have been
managed better. Separate area for
the kayaks to be carried out
instead of through the crowds and
hot dog lines
Yes. Kayak finish. It was GREAT to
have on extra person on each boat
crew to help us get out of the boat
and on our feet for the sprint to
the finish line.
It seems to work very well for the
large crowd and limited space.




wrist band hand offs
      love that you are making
      improvements to recycle, compost,
      and reduce traffic w/bus
      Very well organised and lots of fun
      !




      none...long time competitor and
n/a   always enjoy the event.




n/a   no
                                   A little more traffic control at the
                                   finish, to allow easier/safer access
                                   for cars to pick up kayaks, would be
                                   helpful




We could not atend this year but
this has always been a great
family event.
For Ski to Sea Jr. make sure the
need to arrive earlier for the bike The Chamber of Commerce staff
check makes it into the literature. was very helpful, thanks.




other trail users and the cyclist
will likely collide on day. It would Thank you so much to all the
be nice if they would allow the      volunteers who work so hard so
trail to be closed                   people can play and have fun.
                                        well organized and exicuted!
                                        Parking at various venues were
                                        well organized.




                                        I liked the time between the
                                        Elem/Middle School division.
                                        There was enough time to clear the
The platforms are too small for         parking. Transport offsite was
awards.                                 good.




The three legged race ties. I
specifically asked an official if our
team could use their own bands
and was told yes. During the race
they were forced to use your
bands. At one point they were in
third place and their band then
came off three times causing
them to drop back and fix it. This
happened to numerous teams
that I spoke with. Perhaps your
policy should be to bring bands
for teams who forget but allow
teams to use their own bands in
the race. Many of these teams
train with certain bands and are
used to running with the band
they use.
We witnessed several teams have
the 3-legged race bands break.
Need a more durable item.

We witnessed several teams have
the 3-legged race bands break.
Need a more durable item.

                                    Jr. parade was great, participants
                                    had a fun time. I disliked the
                                    participants in the Big parade of a
                                    political agenda nature. Not
                                    appropriate!!

At the junior race, small water
bottles were given to each
contestant. This does not fit with
the goal of become more green".
Most people are in the habit of
bringing their own water and       it is unfortunate that cars are
drinking fountains are available. parked out of bounds in the woods.
Also                               Can't a barrier be placed?"


We had no complaints.
                                    More PR on the parade. It is
                                    mostly ignored in publicity.

Son's velcro band broke in 3leg.
Volunteers did not help them at     Over all very good but support
all,he didn't know what to do and   from the race officials would have
now doesn't want to every do        been appreciated by the kids when
race again. Too bad                 their band broke.

				
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