Whatcom Falls 5K

Saturday, February 1, 2025 – 10:00 AM

Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham
All ages of runners, walkers and adaptive athletes are welcome. This is a family friendly race so strollers are allowed.
Unfortunately, “Fur Kids” need to stay home.

2024 Race Results

Race Details


This year we will be offering light refreshments and water after the event.

Chip Timing

Chip timing will be provided by Pacific Multisports.

Course Description

The race will start and finish near the fish hatchery. After a short loop to the north to spread the crowd out, you will head west on the Waterline Trail. Then turn south (left) on the trail that takes you to Lakeway Dr. where you will turn right and enter Bayview Cemetery. Follow roads through the cemetery and reconnect and turn right on the Waterline Trail. Head east (staying left if you meet on coming runners) then turn left and cross the wood footbridge. After crossing the bridge turn left then sharp right up a short but steep hill and turn right again at the top. This trail will lead you across the old stone bridge and up to the parking area. From here you will cross the road and go up the trail by the registration shelter and turn left at the top onto the road and follow this loop back to the start/finish area.

Fit School Whatcom Falls 5k Training Program
Click on the following link and follow Fit School’s training program for the Whatcom Falls 5k: Click Here

Race Map

Race Entry Fees

Registration closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday January 31st

Wait listed individual will be notified on Thursday February 1st

  • Adult GBRC Members FREE/Race  Day $5.00
  • GBRC Members High School & Younger FREE/Race Day $5.00
  • Adult Non Members $15.00/Race Day $20.00
  • Non Members High School & Younger $5.00/Race Day $10.00

PLEASE NOTE: Entry Fees will not be refunded for any reason. Due to the limited capacity of this race. Please email the Race Director if you are unable to attend the race so people on the wait list can be notified. 

Registration is full!

To join the waitlist: CLICK HERE

Bib Pickup: 8:45 to 9:45am  (at the Large Shelter near the start).
5k Race: 10:00am Strong competitors to the front. Party pace and walkers towards the back.
AWD 5k: 10:10am open to all adaptive athletes.

Parking:  Space inside the park is limited. Please plan your arrival time with an allowance to find  parking elsewhere. Bloedel Donovan Park and Kulshan Middle School are provide easy access.


Prizes will be awarded based on Gun Time for Male, Female, Non binary and AWD. If you believe you will be a top contender please line up at the front of the race.

Placement Ribbons will be given to the top 3  finishers in each age group (Female/Male/Non Binary/AWD).

Age Groups are, 10 and under,*11-14,*15-18,*19-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69,70-74,75-79,80-84,85-89

All awards can be picked up at the awards table following the event.

Race Sponsors

Directions and Parking

Lakeway Dr. exit 253 from I-5. Northbound take right at end of ramp, go 1 block then left on Lakeway. Southbound take left on Lakeway. Go 1.5 miles east past cemetery and turn left on Silver Beach Rd. (at Kenoyer). There is more parking in the upper lot off of Electric. We also encourage runners to park at Bloedel Donovan Park and walk/run over to the start.

2022 Race Results
2020 Race Results
2023 Race Results

Recycling Program

BBay Running and GBRC have joined together to start a program for runners to recycle their old running shoes. So bring all your old running shoes with you to the Whatcom Falls 5K  and we will take them off your hands and keep them out of our landfills. For more info on this program go to shoe recycling & reuse at bbayrunning.com.

Contact Info:

Questions regarding the Race – Chrissy Pernevi, Race Director
Email: Outdoorchrissy@gmail.com

Want to Volunteer?
Email: Larry.Kwiatkowski@gbrc.net