Patrick Smyth 2014 & 2015 National Champion | Courtesy of Takao Suzuki
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.
Updated: October 20, 2015
Results for the 2015 Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon can be found here.
Results for the 2015 Al Coyle Community Trail 5k can be found here.
Pictures courtesy of Takao Suzuki for both races can be found here.
Video courtesy of Richard Bolt & Andy Wacker of the national championship race can be found here.
USATF National Championship Race
We are proud to announce that the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon has been selected by the USATF as their 2016 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
When – Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 – 10am race start
Cost – $45 – $60 After October 1st – Race tech t-shirt available for additional $20 when registering.
Lake Padden Half Marathon Registration – 2016 registration will open May 1st. Register HERE at UltraSignup.com – Time limit for this race will be 4 hours.
Al Coyle Community Trail 5k Registration – Join the fun! Wear a costume for great prizes! Prizes, categories and registration HERE!
Please carpool – We encourage everyone to carpool if at all possible as parking will be very limited.
Aid – There will be three aid stations each visited twice 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.
Race Photos – “Smile” Your race photo may be taken along the course by our professional photographer Takao Suzuki.
Finisher Medals – Race supporter Bay Engraving will be creating finisher medals for both half marathon and 5k finishers.
Age Group, Awards & prizes – Any USATF competitor receiving prize money will not be eligible for age group awards. Age groups awards will be in the form of gift certificates and/or merchandise from local Bellingham area businesses. Awards will go to the first three in 19 and under, then ten year age categories.
- Fairhaven Runners – $25 Gift Certificate
- Superfeet – Superfeet Insoles
- Rocket Pure – Gift Bag of Rocket Pure Products
Note – This year’s course will be the same as 2015.
PRE-RACE – Friday, Oct. 14th
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Packet Pick-up at Aslan Brewing Company
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – USATF Elite Athlete Press Interviews
RACE DAY – Saturday, Oct. 15th
At Lake Padden Park EAST ENTRANCE
4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98229
7:00 am to 9:45 am – On Site Packet Pick-up
9:00 AM – Al Coyle Community Trail 5k Race Start
10:00 am – RACE START!
1:00 pm – Awards
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Informal Post Race Get Together at Aslan Brewing Co
Post Race Get Together
Come celebrate with us after the race!
At Aslan Brewing Co., a sustainable microbrewery and restaurant in the heart of Bellingham, exclusively brewing 100% Certified Organic beer. Enjoy world street cuisine, local wine and cider, and house-made soda-pop. All-ages with over 12 unique brews on-tap, beer to-go in growlers and cans.
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
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!
Thanks again to Flora Health for presenting the 2015 & 2016 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.
SpringHill Suites and
Thank you to SpringHill Suites and TownPlace Suites of Bellingham for sponsoring our race and providing lodging for racers at a discounted rate!
Northwest Sleep Solutions
Many thanks to Scott and NW Sleep Solutions for being a champion sponsor!
Visit them online at www.nwsleepsolutions.com
Bellingham Physical Therapy
Thanks to Bellingham Physical Therapy for being a champion sponsor!
Visit them online at www.bellinghamphysicaltherapy.com/
Thanks to Superfeet for being a champion sponsor!
Visit them online at www.superfeet.com/
A huge thanks to our shoe sponsor Icebug! Icebug is a Swedish shoe company creating shoes with outstanding traction for running and walking in slippery conditions. Check them out!
Visit them online at www.icebug.com
Brandon Nelson Partners
A big thank you to Brandon Nelson and Brandon Nelson Partners for their support!
Visit them online at www.brandonnelson.com
Whatcom Educational Credit Union
Many thanks to WECU for joining us as a supporting sponsor!
A huge thanks to the nutty guys at Trail Butter for their support!
Bellingham Parks and Recreation
A HUGE thanks to the fine folks in the parks department!
Visit Bellingham Parks
Thank you to 92.9 KISM Classic Rock!
Seven Hills Running Shop
Sponsoring our top Washington state finishers with $100 and $50 gift certificates!
Volunteer sign-up for the 2016 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.