The Bellingham Bay Marathon is a fundraiser for the Bellingham Bay Swim Team and Whatcom FC Rangers soccer club, and it provides financial support for other local youth programs. Overall, 100% of net proceeds benefit Whatcom County youth non-profit organizations! Our past and present beneficiaries include (listed alphabetically):
Bellingham Bay Swim Team
The Bellingham Bay Swim Team (BBST) is a year-round club affiliated with Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS), a committee of USA Swimming. Founded in the fall of 1995, this parent board-run club offers swimmers from all skill levels, novice to elite, the opportunity to improve themselves and their swimming through the continued development of advanced swimming technique and conditioning in the sport.
BBST is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of over 100 swimmers of all ages, abilities, and commitment levels. The team offers something for everyone, from beginning swimmers to highly skilled swimmers competing at the national level.
Whatcom Football Club Rangers
Whatcom Football Club (WFC) Rangers is the select soccer program in Whatcom County, situated in District One of the Washington State Youth Soccer Association.
WFC Rangers is a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who oversee a coaching and development staff of 50+ soccer professionals. Club membership is made up of 450 boy and girl soccer players, playing on 28 teams in several leagues.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County has been the safe and positive place for youth since 1946. Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County now serves over 11,000 youth in the following area locations: Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lummi Island, Lynden, as well as the Northwest Sports Complex and an extension site in Birch Bay. There are currently 50 employees who are all dedicated to the mission of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County is recognized nationally for its commitment to excellence in youth development. Core program areas include Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, Sports, Fitness and Recreation and The Arts.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a character development program for girls. The highly interactive curriculum combines training for a 5k run with self-esteem enhancing lessons and uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl; her phsical, mental, emotional and social self.
Girls on the Run is a non-competitive running program for 3rd-5th Graders.
Lummi CEDAR Project
The Lummi CEDAR Project is a Native American, community-based non-profit organization serving the Lummi Indian Reservation in Bellingham, Washington.
Lummi CEDAR Project supports young people by providing leadership opportunities and ways to get involved in their community. We promote collective leadership across the generations that leads to individual and community well-being.
Uniting the Wisdom of the Elders with the Dreams of the Youth – The Lummi CEDAR Project believes that Native American values and traditions that have existed for generations can be used as tools to rebuild the community. Elders carry the community’s schelangen–the Lummi way of life–and youth carry the Tribe’s future and dreams.
Lummi Youth Academy
The mission of the Lummi Youth Academy is to provide a safe, structured and culturally competent environment and foster excellence in learning opportunities for Lummi Youth for higher education, family unification and wellness.
We will give our children a chance at achieving higher education and expand their opportunities for future generations to come. And, we will help our children become healthy family role models.
Northwest Youth Services
Northwest Youth Services collaborates with at-risk, runaway and homeless youth to foster self-reliance. We believe that all children and youth deserve a safe nurturing environment. We believe that adolescence is an important time of transition, and that youth need and deserve compassion, encouragement, and support. We believe that children and youth should be recognized and valued as a vital part of our community. We believe change is needed within society to create a safe and healthy environment for children and youth.
Whatcom Family YMCA
The Whatcom Family YMCA is an association of individuals with shared values which enhance the community with programs for the spirt, mind and body.
At the Y, strengthening the foundations of community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away. Opportunities are provided for those in need through our financial assistance program.