Bellingham to host USATF Trail Half Marathon National Championship

More than 350 runners, including many of national elite status, are expected to run the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 18.

In December, the United States Track and Field Association designated the Bellingham race the site of its national championship for 2014 — a first for the Bellingham running community and an instant opportunity to showcase the area’s trail running to an elite field of runners.

Among the elite men’s runners already committed are Oregon’s Mario Mendoza, who is the 2013 Lake Padden champion and U.S. 10k national champion, and California’s David Roche, who who the 2014 and 2012 USATF 10K trail championships.

Among the top women already committed to run are Idaho’s Morgan Arritola, who won the 2012 and 2013 U.S. National Mountain Running Championships, and Colorado’s Megan Kimmel, who won the 2012 and 2013 U.S. 10k Trail National Championships. Bellingham’s Jodee Adams-Moore, who won the 2012 Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon and is the course record holder, and 2013 women’s champion Amelia Bethke have also committed to run.

The race is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start near the southeast corner of the lake, and will finish near the dog park.