Charles Easton was a local jeweler and a founding member of the Mt Baker Club. With his wife, Ada Hamilton Easton, he compiled a scrapbook documenting the marathon. In 1916, armed with his inspiring and promotional album, Mr. Easton headed to Washington, DC, to lobby for the establishment of a Mount Baker National Park. Unfortunately, the United States’ involvement in World War I precluded that decision. While the Mt Baker region never attained official National Park status, the club’s original intention to “aid in opening up the fascinating features of this WONDERLAND” has been undeniably achieved. Since the gathering of that first group of businessmen in 1911 and the start of formal record keeping in 1928, the Mt Baker club has been encouraging its members to promote and enjoy the natural beauty and resources of the Mt Baker region. Mr. Easton would be proud.
The Mt Baker Marathon inspired what is now known as the Ski to Sea event. Dan Probst, ultra marathoner and Mount Baker Club Member is organizing a new race to Mt Baker, this time starting from Concrete, WA.
Additional historical information including numerous early photographs of the Mount Baker Club can be found in the Western Washington University Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Heritage Resources Mount Baker Club Records .