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Marathon
Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way
Bellingham, Washington
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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. The race has approximately 5,000 feet of climbing and 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.

The marathon starts at Lake Padden and runs clockwise around the lake to 36th Street and Old Fairhaven Parkway where runners will get on the Interurban Trail. From there, the race goes onto the scenic Hemlock Trail, Lost Lake Trail, Black Diamond Trail and reaches to top of Chuckanut Mountain on Cleater Road. From there, runners will get on the fun and technical Chuckanut Ridge Trail with views of the Cascades and the city of Bellingham. After the ridge the race drops down to Lost Lake Trail again and follows the Interurban Trail back to the short road section returning to Lake Padden and continuing clockwise around the lake to the finish by the parking area/picnic shelter.

Event Start Location
Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham WA 98226

Course Description
The 26.2 mile route has 4 major climbs with a total of ~5,000 feet of climbing: Lake Padden trails (rolling short ups and downs), Hemlock Trail (steep, long ~3 miles), Lost lake climb (very gradual), and Chinscraper (very steep, but <1 mile). The course is a far cry from being flat, and is designed to be tough. As such, we have a generous 8 hour cut off. No early start.

Awards
All marathon finishers receive a unique medal that will be made locally. Must finish to receive your medal. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the mens and womens race will relieve a medal with their place on it.

Age group winners in the Marathon only receive a special award. Age groups are as follows: 0-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+

Packet Pickup / Expo
Check in and bib pickup starts at 7:45am for the marathon and 9:30am for the 2.6 mile. All runners must check in race morning. We do not have packets to pick up, but you will need to get your bib numbers

Parking
Please carpool, ride your bike, fly, swim, whatever it takes! Parking is limited. Only park in real parking spots. The police get cranky when people call them up complaining about people parking in the wrong areas.
 
 

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Clubs and Groups
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 Club or Team Name   City  State   More Info 
 Bellingham Track Club  Bellingham WA club info
 Club Northwest  Bellingham WA club info
 Fairhaven Runners  Bellingham WA club info
 Greater Bellingham Running Club  Bellingham WA club info
 Team Artemis  Bellingham WA club info
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 Store City  State   Distance   More Info 
 FootwoRx Running Company  Bellingham WA 0 Miles store info
 Klicks Running and Walking  Bellingham WA 2.5 Miles store info
 Fairhaven Runners & Walkers  Bellingham WA 2.5 Miles store info
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