On September 26th, at 7:30 am, thousands will take off on a race around Bellingham. The Bellingham Bay Marathon is an annual race that highlights the natural beauty of Bellingham Bay, San Juan Islands and the Interurban trail in Bellingham, WA. It’s been called “the most beautiful marathon in the Pacific Northwest”…and that’s not just because the finish line is right at Boundary Bay Brewery!
The marathon course treats the runners to views of Lummi Island, Portage Channel, Portage Bay, Portage Island, Bellingham Bay, Mount Baker, Nooksack River, Squalicum Creek Park, Squalicum Harbor, Downtown Bellingham, South Bay Trail, Boulevard Park, Taylor Street Dock, San Juan Islands, Fairhaven, and Bellingham’s Interurban Trail.
This marathon raises funds to support non-profit Whatcom county youth organizations. Net proceeds will benefit the Bellingham Bay Swim Team and the WFC Rangers soccer club. Both are not-for-profit organizations. The Bellingham Bay Swim Team is a year-round, non-profit club comprised of over 100 swimmers of all ages, abilities, and commitment levels. The team offers something for everyone, from beginning swimmers to highly skilled swimmers competing at the national level. Whatcom Football Club (WFC) Rangers is the select soccer program in Whatcom County, situated in District One of the Washington State Youth Soccer Association. Club membership is made up of 450 boy and girl soccer plays, playing on 28 teams in several leagues.
We’ll be celebrating at Boundary Bay Brewery on race day and you should come join us! Give your congratulations to the athletes and thank everyone involved for helping to support local nonprofits. Our Beer Garden will be open during the day starting at noon for spectators and racers. All ages are welcome and there’s no cover! Around 1pm, there will be an awards presentation for the top finishers in the marathon and then live music by Cabin Fever! Bring the whole family and come enjoy BBQ, hand crafted beer and sunshine in the Beer Garden.
Oh, and if you long to be a part of the Bellingham Bay Marathon, but don’t really feel up to running, consider volunteering! Experience the excitement of the Bellingham Bay Marathon. Help athletes, from all over the US and Canada, have the best possible race experience and feel at home. Volunteer today by completing the online volunteer form!