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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 47° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.33
Course Score: 98.48

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 358 Finishers
2015: 394 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 8.1%
2015: 13.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

Race Day Weather Forecast

Race Day Temperatures High: 66°F  (19°C)
Low: 47°F  (8°C)

Race Start Conditions

50°F  (10°C)

Mostly Cloudy
SSE 2 mph 

PR Score
(Normal Score)


Course Score


The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. You may need to adjust your pace slightly.

Course Description

The Bellingham Bay Marathon course travels along Bellingham Bay, offering views of both the bay and the mountains. The course starts on Gooseberry Point with several miles along a bluff overlooking the bay. It travels through rural farmland, through residential neighborhoods, along waterfront greenways and over top Bellingham Bay before returning to the finish in downtown Bellingham.

Marathon Rankings

The Bellingham Bay Marathon was the 174th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 167th largest in 2015.

Last year 8.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Bellingham Bay Marathon the 283rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 103rd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.48 ranks it as the 271st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 22nd fastest course in Washington.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Bellingham Bay Marathon a PR Score of 98.33. This PR Score ranks it as the 231st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 21st fastest in Washington.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 163 feet (49m)
Min Elevation: 5 feet (1m)


Recent Bellingham Bay Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I loved this marathon for the small race feel, the weather and the great course!

Race Tips

Don't go out too can pick up a lot of time in the latter part of the race if you pace right.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Bellingham Bay Marathon in 4:50:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.