Race Date: March 16, 2019   Race Start Time: 8:00am


6:00-7:40am -- Shuttles from Western Washington University Lot 12A to Fairhaven Park Start/Finish Line
6:15-7:45am -- Bib & Shirt Pick-Up (for those who haven't already picked up their race bibs)
7:00am -- Early Start must confirm with RD prior to race day

8:00am -- Race Start!
11:30-4:00pm -- Runners finishing & finish line celebrations
12:00-6:00pm -- BEER GARDEN & Food Trucks at Finish Line!!
12:00-6:30pm -- Shuttles from Fairhaven Park to WWU parking
2:30pm -- Awards Ceremony at Fairhaven Park, near finish line
4:00pm -- Race course closes
5:00pm -- We will host a raffle to benefit Whatcom County Girls on the Run - tickets selling all weekend, $5 each or 5 for $20.
7:00-10:00pm -- Post-Race Fun at Wander Brewing

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up

Pre-Race Bib Pick-Up for Chuckanut 50k runners begins on Sunday, March 10 and lasts to Friday, March 15. For runners arriving to Bellingham on race day, a Packet Pick-Up will begin at 6:15am at the start line in Fairhaven Park (note that we will only be handing out sponsor goodies on Friday Night at PRIME - bring your own bag!! ). See below for times and locations of Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up:

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 11:00AM - FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 3:00PM
  Location:  Fairhaven Runners
  Address: 1209 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
  Bring: One form of ID (e.g., driver's license)
  * You will receive your Race Bib, Timing Chip, BibBoards (if pre-ordered) & Shirt (if pre-ordered)

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 5:00-8:00PM  *with sponsor goodies!
  Location:  PRIME Sports Institute
  Address: 1704 North State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 (see race map for location)
  Bring: One form of ID (e.g., driver's license) and your own bag!
  * You will receive your Race Bib, Timing Chip, BibBoards & Shirt (if you pre-ordered BibBoards a/o shirt), plus amazing sponsor goodies to fill your bag!
  ** Note that this is not a race expo.

RACE DAY TIMELINE: Saturday, March 16

6:00-7:40AM  PARKING -- IMportant, please read!

* ALL runners, crews & spectators must park at Western Washington University Lot 12A and take shuttles to the start/finish line at Fairhaven Park. Vehicles are not allowed to park in Fairhaven Park.

RACE PARKING: All vehicles must park at Western Washington University Lot 12A. We will provide shuttles to the start/finish line at Fairhaven Park. Shuttles begin at 6:00am; the last morning shuttle will depart WWU at 7:40am. Plan to arrive with plenty of time to park your car and hop on the shuttle (about a 10-minute drive). Afternoon shuttles will run from 12:00-6:30pm to return you to your car.

RUNNER DROP-OFF: Drivers are able to drop off runners at Hillcrest Church at at 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. There will be a loop drive through their parking lot just off Old Fairhaven Pkwy & 15th Street. Runners can then walk an easy warm-up to the start line at Fairhaven Park (route highlighted on our map). Drivers can park their cars at WWU and take the shuttle to Fairhaven Park.  

6:15-7:45am  packet Pick-up

Runners that have not already picked up their race packets can do so at the start line in Fairhaven Park. Please bring one form of ID (e.g., driver's license) to collect your Race Bib and Timing Chip. Note that we will not be handing out sponsor goodies on race day.

8:00AM  Race Start


  • Each runner must cross the timing mat at the start line to be considered an official race starter. Your start time is registered when you cross the mat.

  • We will ask runners to arrange at the start line according to estimated finish time. Elite runners should position themselves at the front. Soon after the start, the course turns onto a narrow trail; when this occurs, please be patient and wait for your turn to continue along the trail.


  • The course is marked primarily with orange flags and orange ribbons accompanied by green or checkered blue/white ribbons (see photo).

  • For legal reasons, our flaggers must stop runners at all road crossings. Please be patient and heed their authority. Runners that do not stop will be disqualified from the race.

  • The trails are open to the public. Please be respectful of other users (non-race participants) using the trails.

  • There is an 8 HOUR time limit. CUTOFFS: Anyone arriving at Aid Station #4 (32.7km/20.32M) after 2:30pm will be offered a ride to the finish. Aid Station #5 (40km/24.85M) will close at 3:00pm.

Note that shuttles WILL be available to take crews and spectators from Fairhaven Park back to the parking lot after the race start.

11:30AM-6:00pm  finish line celebrations

Various sponsor and supporter tents will provide information and free product samples. We'll also have open-sided tents set up to provide shelter so that you can recover, eat, drink, chat and cheer in your fellow Chuckanut 50k runners.

Friends, family, community members and all interested are invited to take part in our finish line activities!

  • Three local Food Trucks will refuel our runners. Each runner will have a voucher on their race bib for a post race meal designated by each truck. Food Trucks will be able to accept cash as well.

  • This year we have added a Beer Garden hosted by Recreation Northwest and Wander Brewing.

  • Due to insurance and facility reasons we can not allow dogs on course or at the start or finish line. 

11:00-6:30pm  Shuttles to and from Fairhaven Park to WWU parking

Afternoon shuttles will bring spectators to the finish and will return runners and spectators to their cars at Western Washington University until 6:30pm.


We award winners in the Overall, Masters and Age Group categories - an overview is below: 

1st Overall Male & Female
1st Masters (40+) Male & Female
2nd Overall Male & Female
3rd Overall Male & Female
1st-3rd Age Group Male & Female
  Age Group Categories: Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
* Note that no athlete can win multiple awards.
** $200 Course Record bonus in the case of a new Course Record by a male and/or female athlete.

4:00PM  Race Course Closes

7:00-10:00PM  Post-Race Party @ WANDER Brewing AWESOME BREW HALL!

  • Runners and volunteers will receive $1 off pint purchases.

  • Fun atmosphere to share stories from your race day

  • Food Truck: Kid Sister