2013 Race Start | Courtesy of Glenn Tachiyama

Race Info

Get your fill of dirt, rocks and roots at the Lake Padden Trail Half – a 13.1 mile TRAIL half-marathon to support the kids in our community! The dense forest around Lake Padden, (located in beautiful Bellingham, WA) gives way to a challenging and memorable course designed for intermediate to advanced runners. All proceeds will benefit Rebound of Whatcom County, a local charity dedicated to the children on the fringes of our community.

USATF National Championship Race

We are proud to announce that the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon has been selected by the USATF as their 2014 National Trail Championships. Any racers who wish to compete for prize money, either Open or Masters, must be a USATF member prior to the race. Please bring your USATF membership card to the race.

Open Men and Women:

1st - $750, 2nd - $500, 3rd - $250, 4th - $125, 5th - $75

Masters Men and Women:

1st - $150, 2nd - $100, 3rd - $50

Race Details

When – Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 – 9am race start

Cost - $45 - $60 After October 1st – Race tech t-shirt available for additional $15 when registering.

Registration – 2014 registration is OPEN. Register HERE at UltraSignup.com – Time limit for this race will be 4 hours.

Please carpool - We encourage everyone to carpool if at all possible as parking will be very limited.

Aid - There will be four aid stations along the course that will provide water, Gu2o and plenty of encouragement.

Post race - Join the post race party lakeside for awards, recovery food, drink and friends. Massage Therapists will be on hand to do post race recovery massage.

Age Group, Awards & prizes - Any USATF competitor receiving prize money will not be eligible for age group awards. Unique hand crafted awards created by Bay Engraving will be presented to first male and female overall, special awards to first male and female masters overall & grand masters overall and top 3 in each ten year age category.

Race Photos - “Smile” Your race photo may be taken along the course by our professional photographer Takao Suzuki Photography.

Lodging – Our host hotels are the Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center and SpringHill Suites in Bellingham. A special discount is available for all participants. Inquire when booking by calling 1-888-671-1011 (Lakeway) or 1-800-853-5788 (SpringHill) and ask for the “Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon” rate."

Race Map

Note - The the first 1.5 miles has changed from previous year's courses. To eliminate the first 400m of blacktop, the race will now start in the ballfield behind the finish line.

Map Instructions

  • Move your course over each Mile label in the legend to highlight that mile.
  • Click to show a written description and photos, click the "x" in the upper right to remove.
  • Click the Aid Station layer in the legend to show the location of Aid Stations.
  • Click the Mountain icon for a elevation profile and elevation details.
  • Click the "1 of 2 >" arrow to see the second page.

Trail Half Marathon Race Course

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Race Schedule

PRE-RACE - Friday, Oct. 17th

At SpringHill Suites Bellingham 4040 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA 98226

2:00 pm - Vendor Expo Set-up

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Expo and Packet Pick-up

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Elite Athlete and USATF Press Conference

RACE DAY - Saturday, Oct. 18th

At Lake Padden Park EAST ENTRANCE 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98229

7:00 am to 8:45 am - On Site Packet Pick-up

9:00 am - RACE START!

1:00 pm - Awards

Post Race Party

Come celebrate with us after the race at the Poppe's Post Party with Hot Damn Scandal Band sponsored by Data-Link West Inc. of Bellingham

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

At Poppe's 360 located at Best Western Lakeway Inn and Conference Center 714 Lakeway Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Elite Athlete and USATF Press Conference

Hot Damn Scandal

“Hot Damn scandal performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… you feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, Your old dog that disappeared after the rain” Scott Casey

Getting here

Lake Padden Park is located just a few short miles outside Bellingham. It's easily accessible from I-5 coming from the south or north.

Coming from SOUTH of Bellingham:

Take exit 246 for North Lake Samish, turn left onto S Samish Way, continue 2.4 miles until you reach the Lake Padden EAST PARK ENTRANCE (you’ll pass the west park entrance on the way), take a left and continue until you’re able to find parking near the race start.

Coming from NORTH of Bellingham:

Take exit 252 for Samish Way, turn left onto S Samish Way, take the 1st right to stay on S Samish Way, continue 2.3 miles until you reach the Lake Padden EAST PARK ENTRANCE (you’ll pass the west park entrance on the way), take a right and continue until you’re able to find parking near the race start.

Address: 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA

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Without our sponsors this race would not be possible and certainly wouldn't be as much fun. Many thanks to them for being so awesome and helping a great cause!

Flora Health

Thanks again to Flora Health for presenting the 2014 Lake Padden Trail Half as our title sponsor!

Flora manufactures and distributes premium health products prepared with botanicals from sustainable, organic farmlands. Our award-winning supplements blend traditional wisdom and modern science by incorporating full-spectrum plant constituents and utilizing certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy- free, and kosher materials whenever possible.

Visit www.florahealth.com

Bellingham Parks and Recreation

A HUGE thanks to the fine folks in the parks department!

Visit http://www.cob.org/government/departments/parks/


Volunteer sign-up for the 2014 race is now open! We need some great volunteers to come help make this thing run and keep it fun! Sign-up below to come be a part of the Lake Padden Trail Half.

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Race Director

Al Coyle