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.
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.