Marathon Info

Race is: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Marathon starts at 7:30am, Half starts at 9am, Kids Race 10am (1k, free)

Registration is at ultrasignup
Registration opens March 1st, 2017 @9AM
Please read our policies page before signing up.  
Prices go up after July 31 and Oct 1, 2017.  Must register by Oct. 20 to order a technical race T-Shirt. Marathon race is limited to 200 runners, don't miss out!
Marathon Finisher's medals
Race Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Race Distance: 26.2 mile and 13.1 mile. Visit the Info Page (for the half).

Race Descriptions (brief version):

Marathon: 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.

*For the marathon: 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.  If we do a good job this year, we will be able to get permits for the next year.  Thank you!

Marathon Race is limited to 200 runners.  Sign up early to guarantee entry in the races. 

Prices: Included in your race entry fee is your finisher medal, a fully marked course you can easily follow, five well stocked aid stations and a post race party with food, drinks, and snacks. Shirts are additional $25.

Runners must sign up by October 20 to order their t-shirt.  All finishers get a beautiful, unique medal!
Prices:
Early registration (before July 31) $85
Regular Registration (before Oct.1) $95
Late Registration (before Nov 3) $105
Day of Race/Day before Race Price: $115

Start Times: Marathon starts at 7:30 am, half at 9am.

Packet Pickup:
Our packet pickup will be from 4pm to 7pm Friday, Nov. 3rd 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 expo.

Early Start Option:  We made the event start earlier this year so we have gotten rid of our early start option. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Cut off: The marathon has an 8.5 hour time limit.  This is a generous time limit due to the difficulty of the race. 

Check in and bib pickup starts at 6:30am-7:15am for marathon runners.  All runners must check in race morning. You can pickup your packets the afternoon before the race at Packet Pickup at Fairhaven Runners. You will still need to check in race morning. We have to keep track of all runners, so we need to know that you started the race and where you are on the course.

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

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

Aid Stations: Please note that aid stations are placed more like they are for an ultra marathon than a road marathon.  They are between 3-8 miles apart and for your safety, we recommend that you carry some water and food between aid stations.  All aid stations have water, electrolyte drink, energy gels, energy bars, candy, fruit, soda and PB&J.  Aid station distances are approximations.

MARATHON AID STATIONS & Crew Access: (miles are approximations)
See Course MAPS
AID #1 Padden Gorge at mile 5**No drop bags.  Aid station is where 36th street meets the Padden Gorge Trail.  Crew access allowed, but crew must park in legal parking spots.  There is NO parking at the aid station itself.  Crew will have to park and walk to aid. 
AID #2  Interurban at mile 7** Drop Bags Allowed where the Interurban Trail meets Old Samish Way.  Crew access allowed, but crew must park in legal parking spots.  There is NO parking at the aid station.  Crew can park at North Chuckanut Trail head or in designated parking along Old Samish Way and walk to the Aid station.
AID #3 Chinscraper at mile 15 Drop bags allowed.  Cut off time: 12:30pm (5hrs). If runners don't make it to this aid station by 12:30pm, they will have to stop. Where South Lost lake Trail meets Double Black Diamond Trail.  NO CREW ACCESS.
AID #4 Interurban mile 22** Drop Bags Allowed Cut off at 3pm (7.5hrs). This aid station is where the Interurban Trail meets Old Samish Way.  Crew access allowed, but crew must park in legal parking spots.  There is NO parking at the aid station.  Crew can park at North Chuckanut Trailhead or in designated parking along Old Samish Way and walk to the Aid station. 
AID #5 Padden Gorge at mile 24** No Drop Bags.  No cut off time. Where 36th street meets the Padden Gorge Trail.  Crew access allowed, but crew must park in legal parking spots.  There is No parking at the aid station itself.  Crew will have to park and walk to aid. 

**CREW ACCESS: only Aid Station 1, 2, 4 and 5.  Crew must park and walk to aid station. No parking at aid stations.  WARNING: If crew doesn't follow these directions they can disqualify their runner!

Drop Bags: Allowed at Aid 2, 3, and 4. Be sure to pick up your drop bags after the event. We do not mail drop bags. Drop bags are not necessary, however some runners like to have certain items at aid like a particular gel or bar. Drop bags are only collected race morning from 6am-7:15am.

Cut off times:
Please adhere to cut off times. We cannot have runners out after dark. If you don't make by cut off, you won't be able to finish by dark.
Aid #3, mile 15 at 12:30pm. That gives runners 5 hours to get to mile 15.
Aid #4, mile 22 at 3pm. You have 7.5 hours to get to mile 22.

T-Shirts: Gender Specific T-shirts are not included in the race fee and cost $25 for a high quality technical shirt. You must pick your shirt up at the race. We do not mail shirts.

Hoodies: comfy, cool black hoodies with race logo for $55. Unisex S-XXL

Medals/Prizes: All marathon & half finishers receive a unique medal.  Must finish to receive your medal.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the men's and women's race will relieve a medal with their place on it.

Age group winners (just 1st place in each age group get awards/ top 3 not eligible for age group awards) receive a special medal as well.  Age groups are as follows: 0-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+

Awards will be announced as soon after the winners finish as we can, sometimes with age groups it takes a bit longer to calculate. 

Get into the race for FREE or at a discount!  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, you can get into a 2017 BTRS race for free or 50% off depending on how long you volunteer for.  Volunteering jobs must be set up ahead of time with the race director as positions are limited.  Email Peggy at Volunteer@destinationtrailrun.com to register to volunteer!

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.