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Fun at the Finish Line!


Stop by the Peoples Bank booth at the finish line in Marine Park for lots of race day fun! Spin our prize wheel, take a picture with our Ski to Sea backdrop, and get real-time race updates from our Master of Ceremonies who will be keeping the party going all day on the main stage.

FDICyou@theFINISH: Peoples Bank Ski to Sea Team Shows Spirit of Community, Teamwork, and Adventure.

Where can sea kayakers compete with snowboarders, and canoers compete with bikers in a one-day adventure race? It can only be at Bellingham’s annual Ski to Sea event, the largest event in Whatcom County, drawing tens of thousands of athletes, spectators, and tourists from across the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and around the world. First held in 1973, Ski to Sea is a team relay from the Mt. Baker Ski area to the finish line at Marine Park on Bellingham Bay. It’s raced annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

Continuing its nearly decade-long tradition of participating in and sponsoring Ski to Sea, Peoples Bank is once again the title sponsor of the race. With a massive Ski to Sea window wrap covering one side of the Barkley Financial Center headquarters building, the excitement for the race is palpable throughout the office – and across town. Jim Ostendorff, vice president and Cybersecurity Officer is a four-time veteran of the race and this year’s Peoples Bank team leader. Continue reading to learn more about the Peoples Bank Ski to Sea team and how they prepped for the 2017 race...

Ski to Sea Team

We are not only bankers, we're athletes!

We come to work in our suits and ties, but at the end of the day, we change our professional fabrics to athletic and performance knits that breathe, absorb sweat and protect from the elements while we run, bike, swim, ski, snowboard, canoe or kayak with our friends, clients and neighbors throughout the year. This year is no different. We'll compete along side you in Ski to Sea, a Peoples Bank tradition. We hope you enjoy this years’ festivities and we look forward to seeing you at the finish line!

2015 Ski to Sea

Ski to Sea - A Peoples Bank Tradition

Our values have remained the same for more than 90 years: be responsible and dedicated to our clients and serve our local communities beyond the business of banking. We seek ways to help our communities prosper and thrive, which is why Peoples Bank has continued to be an active participant and sponsor of Ski to Sea for nearly 10 years.

The annual Ski to Sea Race attracts competitors and travelers from all over the world, boosts the local economy, promotes health-focused and fun activities and creates lasting memories for all who attend.

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