Race Info

Get your fill of dirt, rocks and roots at the Lake Padden Trail Half – a 13.1 mile TRAIL half-marathon! 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. In addition to the half marathon there will be Al Coyle’s 5k, a great and memorable event where we encourage everyone who participates to wear a costume. All proceeds from the 5k will benefit a local charity.

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Updated: October 25, 2016

Results for the 2016 Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon can be found here.

Results for the 2016 Al Coyle Community Trail 5k can be found here.

Pictures courtesy of Takao Suzuki for both races can be found here.

Race Details

When – Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 – 10am race start

Lake Padden Half Marathon Registration – 2017 registration will open January 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 – As we work towards finalizing the course for this year, we will post definitive information about the aid stations.

Post race – Join the post race party lakeside for awards, recovery food, drink and friends.

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 – There will be prizes awarded to the first, second, and third place men and women. There will also be some random prizes given out.

Lodging Host hotel is the SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites of Bellingham.

Race Map

Note – This year we will be returning to Dean Taylor’s original course for the half marathon. This will not be the same course as in 2015 & 2016.

Trail Half Marathon Race Course

Lake Padden Trail Half 2016 Course Map

5k Community Race

Al Coyle Community 5k Course Map

Race Schedule

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

10:00 amRace Start!

1:00 pm – Awards

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Informal Post Race Get Together at Aslan Brewing Co

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!

Bellingham Parks and Recreation

A HUGE thanks to the fine folks in the parks department!
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Thank you to 92.9 KISM Classic Rock!

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Volunteer sign-up for the 2017 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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