After losing Shadow unexpectedly in a tragic accident on June 4, 2011 Jason & Jenn wanted to something to help other dogs who would follow footsteps similar to hers in their lives. They decided to have a hike-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday June 25, 2011 to benefit the Whatcom Humane Society, the shelter she had been adopted from. Shadow’s dad trekked 4 difficult hikes (twice up Tiger Mountain, twice up Oyster Dome) in that single day, and completed a one-mile walk at Lake Padden (her favorite off-leash park) in her honor, supported by friends & family members along the way.

Since then, the Shadow Hike-A-Thon has grown into a week-end long, annual event that wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of family, friends, and the local community… especially the Bellingham beer community!

Hike-A-Thon 2021

Registration is officially OPEN for the 11th Annual Shadow Hike-A-Thon! 🙌

This is a live AND virtual event and will take place: FRIDAY, AUGUST 13th through SUNDAY, AUGUST 22nd

The Shadow Hike-A-Thon has been an annual event since 2011, having already raised over $95,000 for charity! This year the funds raised by Shadow’s Forever Friends will once again go to Old Dog Haven. The event will still be a bit different than other years due to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic.


Friday, August 13th
Beer Release Happy Hour at Paws for A Beer
4:00 – 6:00pm

Saturday, August 14th
Oyster Dome Group Hikes
Hike #1 = 6:45am
Hike #2 = 9:30am

Sunday, August 15th
Flat Stick Pub Bham
2:00 – 5:00pm

Wednesday, August 18th
Lake Padden Group Dog Walk
6:00 – 7:30pm

Thursday, August 19th
Happy Hour at FrinGe Brewing

Friday, August 20th: Seattle Day
9:30am = Tiger Mountain Hike
1:30 – 4:30pm = The Hop & Hound
5:00 – 8:00pm = Dinner at Brouwer’s Cafe

Saturday, August 21st: Bellingham Pub Crawl
10:45am = Diamond Jim’s Grill
12:15pm = 9 Restaurant at North Bellingham GC
1:15pm = FrinGe Brewing
3:00pm = Goods Local Brews
4:15pm = Aslan Depot

🤔 Who can sign up?
You! OR you and your pet! OR you and your family and your pet!
🤔 What do you do?
Walk/Run/Hike ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD! Just ONE time, for any distance!
🤔 Where can you do it?
Anywhere! One of the group hikes up Oyster Dome, Your Favorite Trail, Treadmill, Sidewalk, Off-Leash Dog Park, Beach, Wherever!

Deadline is Wednesday, July 28th to ensure your shirt delivery. You can register/donate after that day, however we cannot guarantee you will get a shirt.
• Adult: $50 – You receive one adult shirt
• Family: $100 – You receive two adult shirts & one kid’s shirt.
• Add $20 for any extra shirts you would like for other kids or adult family members.

1) Go to
2) In the “One-Time Donation” section, choose your amount ($50, $100, or other amount)
**Note: If you’d like to give more than the registration amount noted, that is perfectly ok!
3) In the “Comments” field, type in your shirt size(s) along with any other notes you’d like to add. The shirts are the same brand as last year’s. Sizes available are:
• Men: XS – 4XL
• Ladies: XS – 4XL
• Kids: S – XL

Absolutely! Send us a screen shot of the specifics of your hike, and/or send us picture(s) with at least one (or more) of the pictured humans/animals WEARING Hike-A-Thon clothing! Post your photos/info in this event or email them to:

Prizes awarded for the following categories:
• Funniest Photo (Individual and Group prizes)
• Most “Unique” hike
• Furthest Geographical hike from Bellingham (SFF Headquarters)

Please remember these important things about the actual hiking involved:
➡️ Only hike/walk/exercise to your own ability!
➡️ Only hike/walk/exercise to your dog’s ability (OR your cat’s, or iguana’s, or etc.)
➡️ You don’t even need to walk or hike! In fact, you can take pics and walk 10 feet and it counts as a hike.

💙 THANK YOU EVERYONE! We can’t wait to see everybody in their shirts and start virtually OR ACTUALLY hiking for a great cause with all of you! 🍻 🐶