Bellingham Trail Half Marathon Race Info

Date: 11/3/18

Location: Bellingham, WA

Start Time: 9am

Avg Temps (f): 53/39

Time Limit: Be at mile 9.8 by 3pm

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Being November in the PNW, expect wet and cold weather
  • Bring a jacket and hat/gloves, as could be cold and could be snow at the top of Chinscraper
  • Expect the race to take much longer than a road race because of technical terrain and hills
  • Beginning of the race has much more elevation gain than the second half, so be prepared to climb early on and leave some legs for a flatter finish
  • Interurban trail is crushed gravel and mainly flat, with some small rollers and one steep up and down
  • Trails under trees are likely to be covered in wet leaves, which makes footing difficult at times, as it can be slippery and you can’t see under the leaves for rocks and roots and other tripping hazards
  • Chinscraper is in fact as steep as it sounds
  • Have warm clothes to change into upon finishing, as you will get cold fast, especially if it’s been raining or snowing


Type: Point to Point

Start/Finish Info: Starts at Larrabee State Park and finishes at Lake Padden Park, shuttles to the start, or runner drop-off available (no parking at start)

Hills: 3100 feet of gain, ~1700 feet of gain from mile 0-3, ~400 feet of gain from mile 10-12.5, the rest of the gain in small increments of 50-200 feet along the downhill from miles 3-10

Course Map/Elevation


Aid stations

Locations of aid stations: Chinscraper, mile 2, Interurban, mile 9.8, cut off time is 3pm (6 hrs), same as the full marathon, Padden Gorge, mile 12

What’s offered: Water, energy gels, candy, fruit, electrolyte drink, soda, salty snacks and PB&J.

Spectator access

Access Locations: Possibly along the Interurban trail if you find parking at a trailhead, and the finish

Race reports

Strava links (full marathon, half starts about halfway at Larrabee State Park and finishes at Lake Padden Park)

Race Website