Located in the seaside mountain town of Bellingham, Washington, the Bellingham Trail Marathon and Half showcases some of the best trails in the Pacific Northwest!
Local time: 8:21 AM
The marathon is a stunning mix of trail running in Bellingham with lots of tough climbs on single track trails, as well as fast interurban trails and a short road section. With 5,000 feet of climbing, this may be the toughest marathon in Washington! The race connects two of the most popular trail systems, Lake Padden and Chuckanut Mountain. Runners will enjoy lake and forest views through Padden Park and expansive views of the city of Bellingham, the Cascade Mountain range, and Bellingham Bay from Chuckanut Ridge. All finishers get a custom made medal and post race meal.
The Bellingham Half Marathon is really special: it is a point-to-point exploration of Bellingham's Chuckanut Mountain and Lake Padden. It begins by running up Fragrance Lake Trail to the notorious Chinscraper (no joke) and along the super technical and scenic Ridge Trail with views of the Cascades, city of Bellingham, and Bellingham Bay. From the ridge, you'll descend on some sweet single track to the Interurban Trail, hit up a little road on your way to Lake Padden, and finish with fast trails around Lake Padden to a catered post race meal and race festivities! All half finishers get a custom made medal. Please note that runners must take a bus (or get a ride to the start) since it's a point to point course. Bus leaves Lake Padden Park at 9:30am. Race starts at Larrabee/Clayton Beach Parking area at 10:30am.