The original Mount Baker Marathon was thought up in 1909 by a group of Bellingham mountaineers and businessmen. They would soon organize to become the Mount Baker Club and host the first Mount Baker Marathon in 1911. The race started in Bellingham and took runners via train or car to trail heads on Mt. Baker. Then runners would tackle the roughly 30 mile out and back to the summit on foot, returning to finish in Bellingham which ever way they could. The race was held for three years from 1911-1913. After several near tragic accidents and some calling the race, “a human horse race” the race was ended.
Over the years that followed suggestions were made to revive the race, but no action was taken. On June 4th 2017, 17 racers toed the starting line for the first race up Mt. Baker in over a century. Leaving the cars and trains in the past, the race is now completed entirely on foot, covering more then 50 miles from the town of Concrete to the summit of Sherman peak and back.
The races origin story is told in the documentary "The Mountain Runners". You can stream the full documentary by renting it on the Play store, Itunes or youtube. Links can be found on the The Mountain Runners website.