BELLINGHAM — To encourage healthy activity even while being socially distant, Peoples Bank is inviting the community to participate in a “Pay-it-Forward” Virtual 5K/10K.

This project benefits nonprofit organizations that help individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In Whatcom County, fully all of the entry fees will be given to Northwest Youth Services.

Participants can complete the virtual 5K/10K anytime through midnight of Oct. 31, 2020. Any form of activity is welcome, including running, walking, biking, swimming and rollerblading. Participants who share a photo or video on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #PBVirtual5K10K will be entered to win one of three $500 prizes in the form of a donation to the charitable organization of their choice.

This event replaces the Socktober “Share-a-Pair” campaign Peoples has had in the past. 

Registration is $20. All participants receive a locally crafted wood medal and a race bib. For online third-party registration, there is a $3.95 activation fee.

For more information and to register, visit