Whatcom Magazine

Run, bike and paddle into Whatcom autumn

Chloe Gardner waves to supporters during her leg of the race at the 2013 Lake Padden Relay.
Chloe Gardner waves to supporters during her leg of the race at the 2013 Lake Padden Relay. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Whatcom County is a haven for outdoor recreation. Here are just some of the upcoming events:

Aug. 29, Muds to Suds: Navigate a challenging but fun 5k-course that includes sudsy experiences and eight mud pits at Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. Details: mudstosuds.com.

Sept. 5, Lake Padden Relay: Participate in the four-person times 2.6-mile event, or the individual 10.3-mile run, on grass and trails at Lake Padden. Details: gbrc.net.

Sept. 5, North County Road Run: Enjoy a 5k, 10k or 25k run in beautiful north Whatcom County, with day-of-race registration in Lynden. Details: northcountyroadrun.com.

Sept. 12, Samish Row and Paddle: The 5.5-mile Lake Samish course for rowers and paddlers starts and ends at Lutherwood Camp. Details: salmonrowandpaddle.com.

Sept. 19, Bellingham Traverse: Individuals and teams run, bike and paddle through Bellingham’s parks, trails and waterways, with the finish line at Boundary Bay Brewery. Details: recreationnorthwest.org.

Sept. 20, Chuckanut Century: Scenic road bike event offers range of distances, from 25 to 124 miles, starting and finishing at Boundary Bay Brewery. Details: chuckanutcentury.org.

Sept. 27, Bellingham Bay Marathon: The popular marathon offers scenic views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades. Details: bellinghambaymarathon.org.

Oct. 10, Stigma Stomp: Inaugural mental health fair and 5k run/walk at Bloedel Donovan Park benefits NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Whatcom. Details: namiwhatcom.org/stigma-stomp.

Oct. 17, Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon: Course is four laps counterclockwise around the lake on grass and trails. Details: ultrasignup.com.

Nov. 7, Bellingham Trail Marathon & Half: Challenging trail run features expansive views, thanks to 5,000 feet of climbing. Details: bellinghamtrailmarathon.com.

Getting started

There are many websites about outdoor recreation in Whatcom County. A good starting point is basecampbellingham.org.