The idea for the Mount Baker Ultra Marathon was conceived in 2012 by Daniel Probst. 2013 saw the first attempt at the 108 mile route from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Mt. Baker and back without success. All three first attempts would end without a return trip, lightning storms, pouring rain and exhaustion delayed success. On the forth attempt in August of 2014 Beat Jegerlehner, Aaron Poh and Daniel Probst finally made the return trip to Bellingham in 48 hours and 17 minutes. These group runs were repeated in 2015 and 2016 with 12 more runners adding their names to the list. The Mount Baker Ultra Marathon is Haggard Events LLC event and directed by Daniel Probst.
Since day one the goal has been to test a route and logistics that would lead to a race. Finding a route that permits could be secured for proved to be a much difficult endeavor. The original Mount Baker Marathon had a similar challenge but instead of permit issues it would lead to a competition between which town would become the gateway to Mount Baker. After exhausting all efforts to keep the race between Bellingham and Mt. Baker only one route would prove to be a winner. The current 50 mile route will take runners from the town of Concrete Washington to the Summit of Sherman peak and back.
Herman Schieber was the only contestant to use the Concrete route in 1912, pictured here on his horse. Herman's cabin once stood near the current location of the Schieber's Meadow trailhead that runners will pass by on their way to Sherman Peak.
In the photo below are the 2013 runners and crew. With Daniel Probst in the orange jacket.