Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.3
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.5
Featuring views of Bellingham Bay, San Juan islands, and North Cascade mountains, the Bellingham Bay Marathon is often called the most beautiful marathon in the Pacific Northwest. Why Run the Bay? – Fantastic volunteer support, course entertainment, and finish festivities – including a Boundary Bay beer garden! – Boston qualifier … MORE
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    tiges REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was my 3rd year running the Bellingham Bay Half and I will likely go back for next year as well. The medal is the most unique I've ever received. … MORE

    This was my 3rd year running the Bellingham Bay Half and I will likely go back for next year as well.
    The medal is the most unique I’ve ever received. It’s a piece of art.
    The race itself is well organized. The local youth soccer league kids are present all along the course at aid stations and road crossings cheering you on.
    In the 3 years running it, the weather has been decent. Slightly cool but not cold.
    The course consists of a lot of small hills, nice views of the bay, and downtown. The hills aren’t too bad with the exception of the last one.
    I don’t stick around for the post race festivities. The line for the beer and kombucha is way to long to stand in after running.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    klucht FIRST-TIMER '16

    The race bills itself as being one of the most beautiful on the Pacific coast. For the first half of the race I questioned this statement, but the last 10k … MORE

    The race bills itself as being one of the most beautiful on the Pacific coast. For the first half of the race I questioned this statement, but the last 10k was gorgeous!! The was an amazing bridge that you run across – unique and stunning. Well worth a quick photo stop if you are not working on a pr and are able to break away from other runners.
    The expo was tiny. I did liked that you have shirt options (long sleeve or short). Medal was just ok. There was post music and plenty of food and beer.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    meggayman FIRST-TIMER '17

    Things I loved: free photos! a relaxed and welcome feeling a beautiful course relatively flat, but with some challenges in there the medal is pretty the town is fun to … MORE

    Things I loved:
    free photos!
    a relaxed and welcome feeling
    a beautiful course
    relatively flat, but with some challenges in there
    the medal is pretty
    the town is fun to be in, lots of breweries and good places to eat
    the band at the finish line was great

    Things I didn’t love:
    hard to find a cheap place to stay overnight
    the race shirts weren’t available for everyone at the expo
    not very many pacers, would have been nice to have a 1:35

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '14

    The Bellingham Bay marathon was a treat. Starting at 7:30 on the Lummi Indian reservation, we were treated to a short song and dance by some of the native dancers, … MORE

    The Bellingham Bay marathon was a treat. Starting at 7:30 on the Lummi Indian reservation, we were treated to a short song and dance by some of the native dancers, followed by a prayer in their native tongue. The marathon ran along the bay for a good 10 miles before cutting inland just a short bit. Unfortunately, although you could easily see the bay and the beautiful landscaping surrounding you, the fog was HEAVY for about 20 miles. I tend to really absorb my surroundings (i.e. space out) and was able to watch bald eagles hunting in the bay and retreat to tree tops along our route to devour their catch. With approximately 500 marathoners, you have plenty of space to enjoy your run until around the 18 mile mark when the half marathoners join in (they start 2 hours after the marathon starts). The field gets crowded and as they are fresh, are whipping past the marathoners. The finish line one is treated with a smorgasbord of food options, but you must prepay or carry cash with you to purchase “scrip” at the finish line. Great technical shirt, a nice medal and a fun party at the end. A great time.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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