June 3

Saturday, June 3, 2023
6 sessions

Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street, Concrete

Tickets, $20 (All-day-access)

Today you have the opportunity to attend a variety of programs that focus on people living their best lives outdoors. From beginning hikers and bikers to world-class athletes breaking records, you can learn about mountain sports, the history of our local trails, and what it takes to be a better photographer. Regardless of your age, gender, background, or experience level, you’ll be inspired to get moving in the mountains!

Don’t miss the chance to meet elite ultrarunner Michael McKnight from Utah tonight. After a miraculous recovery from breaking his back, Mike has gone on to set records in long-distance running, including the 250-mile Cocodona earlier in May.

Saturday, June 3
11:00 a.m. in the Theatre
Workshop & Contest
How well do you know your local peaks? Can you name them when you see them on the screen?! Photographer Andy Porter will challenge you with this interactive workshop about mountain photography. Audience members who can correctly identify the peaks have the chance to win one of Andy’s prints. Learn about his work and field trips, and get pointers on improving your own photography.

Saturday, June 3
1:00 p.m. in the Theatre
s & Short Films
Meet some fascinating women who will share how they got started in their sport (biking, running, hiking, climbing), along with the challenges and benefits of outdoor activity. Regardless of your age, experience, fear, or fitness level, this session will inspire you to get outdoors. Among the panelists are ultra runner Liz Rankin and her daughter Olive; Cheryl Perry, who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail on her own; Linda Kilpatrick, who helps coach the Concrete Crushers; Ali Dahl, an avid mountain-biker from Bellingham; and Julie Stone, who’ll share info on Glacier Peak Institute’s Outdoor Education Program.

Saturday, June 3
1:00 p.m. in Cinema Two
Discussion & Registration Info
Mark Pearson, from United General District 304, will present this year’s hiking contest, Trek for Treasure. It’s not too late to join in the fun – you might find D.B. Cooper’s treasure!

Saturday, June 3
2:30 p.m. in Cinema Two
Author’s Discussion, Q & A, & Books Available for Purchase
Judy Bentley will discuss her book, which reveals stories embedded in Washington’s landscape, from Cape Flattery to Cascade Pass, from the Blue Mountains to Cape Disappointment.  There are trails as old as 7000 years across the Cascades – what secrets do they hold?

Saturday, June 3
4:00 p.m. in the Theatre
Film & Grizzly Discussion
Curious about grizzly bears? Watch a short film about the elusive North Cascades grizzly bear, narrated by ecologist and filmmaker Chris Morgan. It includes appearances by many Washington State residents who share their opinions of bears and helps bust some myths. The film includes beautiful footage of the North Cascades. Bring your bear thoughts.

Saturday, June 3
6:00 p.m. in the Theatre
Film and Q&A
We’re pleased to announce that Michael McKnight, an elite ultrarunner from Utah, will be here to introduce FROM BROKEN TO BREAKING, a film about overcoming challenges. From nonathletic adolescence, bedridden injury, job loss, and being forced to drop out of college, Mike didn’t enter the running world in a typical way. Regardless, he has gone on to break records for the 500-mile Colorado Trail (despite a stolen shoe incident and only 5 hours of sleep during the week-long journey). In early May, Mike won the Cocodona 250.

Mike will be interviewed by Liz Rankin, Skagit Storytellers podcast host and a fellow ultrarunner. Alicia Jenkins, a Bellingham-based running coach, will join in the discussion. Alicia placed 5th in the Cocodona 250 Mile Women’s Results.