Half Marathon Info

The Bellingham Half Marathon is really special: it is a point-to-point exploration of Bellingham's Chuckanut Mountain and Lake Padden Trails.  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 post race meal and race festivities! Please note that runners must take a bus (or get a ride to the start) since it's a point to point course. Buses leaves lake Padden Park at 8am.

Race is: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.  Half starts at 9am
Buses leave Lake Padden for start location at 8am

Register at ultrasignup.  Registration opens March 1st, 2017. 
Please read our policies before registering

Start: 9am at Lost Lake Beach Parking Area** Right across from Larrabee State park (on the east side of Chuckanut Drive. Address for Larrabee is 245 Chuckanut Drive Bellingham, WA

Finish: Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham WA 98226. It's the East Entrance to the park.

**Bus: All runners take bus (or get a ride from friend/family is fine too) to Lost Lake Parking area, where race starts at Larrabee State Park in the Lost Lake Parking area. Please let us know if you won't be taking the bus. Runners may not leave a car at Lost Lake parking.  Runners will leave their vehicles at Lake Padden Park where they will take the bus to Larrabee State Park. Bus leaves at 8am sharp from Lake Padden park. See map. Race begins at Lost Lake Parking at 9am. Pre race briefing at 8:50am.

Race Check In/Bib/Shirt Pickup: (3 options, read carefully)
1. Our packet pickup will be from 4pm to 7pm Friday, Nov. 4th at Fairhaven Runners and Walkers in Bellingham, address: Fairhaven Runners and Walkers, 1209 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
You will still have to check in race morning so we have the most accurate roster of starters. You can also pickup your bib number/shirt the morning of the race without going to the Friday check in, please plan to arrive early if checking in race morning (check in race morning from 6:30am-8am).

2. If you are taking the bus to the start: check in from 6:30-8am* at Lake Padden Park. All runners must check in. You may check in at Lost Lake Parking (start location) if you already picked up your bib on Friday. *Note that buses leave to go to the start location AT 8am sharp. It's your responsibility to arrive early enough to catch the bus.

OR:
3. Check in at Lost Lake Parking (half marathon start) Only for runners who checked in at the Friday Packet Pickup at Fairhaven Runners and just need to check in race morning we will have a check in at Lost Lake Parking as well. Runners taking this option should arrive at Lost Lake Parking by 8:30am, at the LATEST. 

Pre Race Talk: Lost Lake parking at 8:50am. Race director will brief runners about the course and any updates.

Prices:
Early registration (before July 31) $75
Regular Registration (before Oct.1) $85
Late Registration (before Nov 3) $95
Day of Race/Day before Race Price: $105

Distance/Elevation Gain: 13.9 miles with 3,100 feet of  climbing.

Shirts/Hoodies: Add a cool technical T-Shirt with the race logo: $25. Hoodies are $55 with race logo on them and course profile on the back.

Awards/Medals: All finishers receive a finisher's medal. Age group winners (only 1st place) receive a special award.  Age groups are as follows: 0-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+
Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd men and women overall. Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.

Awards Ceremony: As winners come in we will do our best to announce the top finishers.

Parking: Runners will leave their vehicles at Lake Padden Park where they will take the bus to Clayton (Larrabee State Park). Bus leaves at 8am sharp from Lake Padden park. See map. Race begins at Lost Lake Parking at 9am.You may have a friend/family drop you off at Lost Lake parking, but no parking for runners there, plus if you did, you'd have your car stuck at Larrabee since the race is point to point.

Maps can be found Half Marathon Course Maps

Aid Stations:
Aid 1: Chinscraper, mile 2
Aid 2: Interurban, mile 9.8, cut off time is 3pm (6 hrs), same as the full marathon.
Aid 3: Padden Gorge, mile 12
Finish: mile 13.9

Cut off times: Due to the half marathon running on much of the same course as the full marathon, cut off time for the half marathon are VERY generous. The only cut off will be at Interurban Aid Station at mile 9.8, 3pm. That gives you way more time than you'll need, but the aid station is open until 4pm for the marathon, so you won't get cut off until 4pm.  All runners must be to the finish by 5:30pm (that's 7 hours total). We do ask that you be able to finish the half in 6 hours so that our course sweepers aren't out all day.

What is at the Aid Stations:  All aid stations have water, energy gels, candy, fruit, electrolyte drink, soda, snacks, first aid, and PB&J.  Aid station distances are approximations. 

What to Wear/Carry: For your safety, we recommend that you carry some water and food between aid stations, as well as a jacket/gloves/hat if it's cold, which it will likely be. Last year it snowed on the ridge, and although that's unlikely it can be much colder up there than at lower elevations.

Road Safety: Please note that runners must follow the rules of the road on the short road section from Lake Padden to the Interurban.  We WILL NOT be stopping traffic for you.  We will have crossing guards at key intersections to make sure that runners are safe, but it is up to runners to follow rules of the road, which might mean stopping and waiting for a light.

Please carpool, ride your bike, fly, swim, whatever it takes.  Parking is limited.

Get into the race for FREE or reduced entry!  Bring a volunteer.  We need volunteers and if you coerce a friend or family member to volunteer, you can get into the race for free.  Volunteering at a Bellingham Trail Running Series race can also get you into the race for free or alternately, if you volunteer at the Marathon/Half, you can get into a 2018 BTRS race for free.  Volunteering jobs must be set up ahead of time with the volunteer coordinator as positions are limited.  Email Peggy at Volunteer@destinationtrailrun.com

Know the race course:  See the Course Maps page.  You are responsible for knowing the course.  We will mark the course very well with ribbons and signs, but there is always the possibility that someone will tamper with markers, you might run past a key turn, or that you might still come to an intersection where you are unsure how to proceed. You can always print out a map and bring it with you on race day to refer to if you are unsure.  Studying the maps can keep you from getting off course on race day.