The United States Track and Field Association (USATF) awarded Bellingham’s Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon the national championship for 2015 and 2016.
Last year's race, which was the first national championship for the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon, attracted many of the best trail runners throughout the country with Patrick Smythe of Salt Lake City, Utah, taking the men's title and Bellingham’s Maria Dalzot prevailing over the women's field for her first national championship title.
The field saw runners from Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho and California taking top spots.
One hundred percent of all race registration fees go to Rebound of Whatcom County. Rebound exists to bring hope and healing to kids and families whose childhoods have been tainted by abuse, poverty and neglect.
An expo will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 16, at the Market Depot in conjunction with packet pickup for the expected 350-plus racers. In addition to the Expo, there will be a press conference with USATF representatives and elite runners at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.lakepaddentrailhalf.com.