Join GBRC for the 14th Padden Mudfest
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Join GBRC for the 14th Padden Mudfest

Sunday March 6, 2016 10:00 am

The Padden Mudfest is a 6 mile trail race taking place on wooded single track trails in Lake Padden Park in Bellingham. This race is unique in offering some of the muddy conditions and challenging hill climbs usually only found in ultra runs. If you like trails, mud, and hills, give this run a try.

Latest Race Updates

Course change for 2016.

This year runners will traverse the first loop of the course, at the western end of the ridge trail, in an anti-clockwise direction. Previously this loop was traversed in a clockwise direction. This change has been made to reduce the danger of runners colliding with hikers at the point where the run course joins the main trail around the lake. The course map shows this revised course.


Online registration is available starting about the first of February until about two days before the race. Please use this registration link. Day of race registration is also available starting at 8:45am.
View the list of currently registered runners.

Cost: $10.00 for non-GBRC members who register online, $15 on day of race. FREE for GBRC members.

Note: there will be no day of race membership sign up. Please do this online prior to the race.

Course Description

Padden Mudfest course The course is 6 miles in length. The race begins and ends at the playground near the basketball courts and is run almost entirely on the horse trails above the lake. It is a very hilly course, often with muddy and sloppy conditions. map of the course.

Note about Footwear: Trail shoes or shoes with aggressive tread are highly recommended. Due to the rocky nature of the course, spikes are not recommended.

Aid Stations: There will be one aid station with water located at roughly the halfway point of the race.

Baby joggers and dogs are not allowed on the course.
No headphones please.

Directions to the Race

From I-5 Northbound: Take the N. Lake Samish Exit 246 and turn left (north) at the stop sign. Drive approximately 2.5 miles to the East Lake Padden entrance. Turn left and follow the road to the playground area.

From I-5 Southbound: Take the Samish Way Exit 252 and turn left to cross over I-5 at the light. Turn right at the next light onto Samish Way. Follow the road for 2.5 miles until the East Lake Padden sign (it will be the second sign for Lake Padden). Turn right and follow the road to the playground area.


Please carpool or use public transportation to get to the race if possible.

Do not park in either the gravel or the paved parking lots adjacent to the dog park - these are reserved for dog owners and other park users.

Parking is available in the lot above the registration area, along the access road, at the boat ramp parking area 1/4 mile from the start, and at the swim area 1 mile from the start.


All awards will be given immediately at the conclusion of the race.

Ribbons will be given to the first three competitors in each age group based on 10 year brackets from under 20 to over 70. There will be no age-grading.

Awards will include random prizes, gift certificates, and/or merchandise courtesy of our sponsors. Must be present to win.

Results: Results will be available after the race at

Post Race

Hot soup, and fresh bread donated by Great Harvest, will be available after the race. Please recycle and reduce waste as much as possible. Bring extra dry clothing if the weather is cold and/or wet as the shelters provide some cover but are not enclosed.

To volunteer contact

For info on the race please contact:
Tjalling Ypma e-mail:, phone: (360) 362-9655
Mary Doherty e-mail: , phone: (360) 305-6177

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