From the Waterfront to Lake Padden (5.9 miles)
Est. time 50 minutes
This leg of the race can be shared between two (or three) runners instead of just one.
Start the race at the waterfront at The Portal – Bellingham’s Container Village. Follow Laurel Street to Cornwall then go around the block to access the South Bay Trail to Boulevard Park and on to Fairhaven via the Taylor Street dock. At the top of Taylor Street Dock, on 10th Street, run to the end of the road and pick up the trail again. Follow the trail until you pick up 10th Street again. Follow 10th Street until you get to Harris Avenue, turn right and follow Harris until 8th Street. You will cross Harris here.
After you cross Harris Avenue, you will enter the Greenways Trail at the mouth of Padden Creek as it empties into the lagoon. Wind through Fairhaven, passing Fairhaven Park on your right, as you run up the Padden Creek Trail and out onto the sidewalk of Old Fairhaven Parkway.
As you run along the sidewalk, you’ll pass through the gauntlet of traffic control so you can safely begin your climb up Connelly Avenue. Say thanks to the Bellingham Traffic Control Officers and our volunteers on your way!
Take a right on 34th Street and run to the end of the pavement where you connect back with the Greenways System leading up the stairs and right onto the gravel path into Lake Padden. As you climb through the woods you’ll take the last left for a final push up to end at the Lake Padden Horse Trailer Parking Lot.