Race Date: March 18, 2017   Race Start Time: 8:00am

RACE DAY TIMELINE (scroll down the page for more information!)

6:00-7:40am -- Shuttles from Sehome HS parking 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)
8:00am -- Race Start!
11:30-4:00pm -- Runners finishing & finish line celebrations
12:00-4:30pm -- Shuttles from Fairhaven Park to Sehome HS parking
2:30pm -- Awards Ceremony
4:00pm -- Race course closes
6:00-10:00pm -- Post-Race Party at Wander Brewing

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up for Chuckanut 50k runners begins on Tuesday, March 14 and lasts to Friday, March 17. If possible, we recommend picking up your race packet ahead of time. For runners arriving to Bellingham on race day, a Packet Pick-Up will begin at 6:15am at the start line at Fairhaven Park (note that we will only be handing out sponsor goodies on Friday Night). See below for times and locations of Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up:

  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 & Shirt (if you pre-ordered a shirt)

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 5:00-8:00PM  *with sponsor goodies!
  Location:  Chrysalis Inn and Spa in the Kulshan Room
  Address: 804 10th St, 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 & Shirt (if you pre-ordered a shirt), plus amazing sponsor goodies to fill your bag!
  ** Note that this is not a race expo.

RACE DAY TIMELINE: Saturday, March 18

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

Click Map for downloadable, printable version

Click Map for downloadable, printable version

* ALL runners, crews & spectators must park at Sehome High School and take shuttles to the start/finish line at Fairhaven Park. Vehicles are not allowed to park in Fairhaven Park.

** Due to a small mudslide on Chuckanut Drive/State Hwy 11 one day before the race, we recommend taking I-5 (rather than Chuckanut Drive/State Hwy 11) if driving to the race from the south.

RACE PARKING: All vehicles must park at Sehome High School at 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225. We will provide shuttles to the start/finish line at Fairhaven Park. Shuttles begin at 6:00am; the last morning shuttle will depart SHS 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 12:00-4:30pm to return you to your car.

CARPOOL PARKING: Our Chuckanut 50k Facebook page is a good place to coordinate carpools. Those that carpool with three or more runners WITH BIBS OR PROOF OF RUNNER REGISTRATION (UltraSignUp registration receipt) per car will get priority parking at Hillcrest Chapel at 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. The parking lot is just east of Larrabee Avenue & 14th Street. This lot will be monitored and bibs will be checked.

RUNNER DROP-OFF: Drivers are able to drop off runners at Hillcrest Chapel at at 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. There will be a loop drive through the parking lot just off Old Fairhaven Pkwy & 15th Street. Runners can then walk an easy warm-up to the start line at Fairhaven Park. Drivers can park their cars at Sehome High School 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.

Click Map for downloadable, printable version

Click Map for downloadable, printable version

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 Sehome High School parking lot after the race start.

11:30AM-4:00pm  finish line celebrations

We're gearing up for big celebrations at our 25th Running finish line in Fairhaven Park. There will be a free Photo Booth by Hello You There for runners and spectators alike to have fun photos taken in a specially designed photo booth, where you can email and print your photos on-site. The following morning each photo can be viewed and downloaded  at http://photos.hellothereyou.com.

Bellingham Coffee Roasters, Goat Mountain PizzaEl Agave and Street Dogz will be selling coffee, drinks and food from 12-4:00 in the afternoon. Runners will receive a $5 food voucher on their bib (or "meal ticket") towards food (see below "Coffee & Post-Race Food" section for more information).

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! 

12:00-4:30pm  Shuttles from Fairhaven Park to Sehome HS parking

Afternoon shuttles will return runners and spectators to their cars at Sehome High School.


We award winners in the Overall, Masters and Age Group categories as well as announce Qualifiers for Team USA and Team Canada for the IAU Trail World Championships! View our Race Updates post for more information on race awards and prizes; an overview is below: 

1st Overall Male & Female - $1,000 each & Pottery
1st Masters (40+) Male & Female - $650 each & Pottery
2nd Overall Male & Female - $400 each & Pottery
3rd Overall Male & Female - $200 each & Pottery
1st-3rd Age Group Male & Female - Pottery & Sponsor/Supporter Gear
  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

6:00-10:00PM  Post-Race Party @ Wander Brewing

Wander Brewing will once again host our Post-Race Party & Raffle to benefit Girls on the Run. We will have live music, food trucks, birthday cake, discounted beer, fun and festivities from 6:00-10:00pm. Please join us!

Location:  Wander Brewing
Address: 1807 Dean Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
Parking: Please park in the Bellingham High School parking lot @ 2020 Cornwall Ave (corner of Cornwall Ave & Ohio St)
Live Music: The Devilly Brothers from approx 6:30-8:00pm
Food Trucks: Goat Mountain Pizza and 542-GO
Beer: Bring your race bib for $1 off every beer!
And More: Birthday cake to celebrate our 25th running

** Our 2016 raffle raised $1212 benefiting Whatcom County Girls on the Run and we aim to raise more in 2017 with your help. The  Chuckanut 50k is lucky to have incredible sponsors which means we have a ton of great prizes to win!!


Aid Stations


There are five aid stations stocked with the basics. These points are noted on the Course Map:

  • Aid Station #1 = 10.9 km/6.77M
  • Aid Station #2 = 16.4km/10.2M
  • Aid Station #3 = 20.9km/13M
  • Aid Station #4 = 32.7km/20.32M
  • Aid Station #5 = 40km/24.85M

It is mandatory that you carry at least one water bottle. Cups will NOT be available at aid stations; instead, we will provide water pitchers to easily fill your bottles. It is also suggested that you carry personal food/drink needs as aid stations will be stocked with only the basics.


Aid Station eats include: Clif Organic Energy Food, Clif Bloks, Clif Bars, boiled potatoes, peanut butter & jelly wraps, cookies, gummy bears, oranges, bananas, grapes, potato chips, pretzels, mini candy bars, Fig Newmans & Sunspire Drops 

Aid Station drinks includeFirst Endurance EFS, water & cola


In an effort to make our race more environmentally sound, we work with Zero Waste to minimize trash. For this reason, we will not provide paper cups for water, cola and/or electrolyte drinks.  All runners are responsible for carrying their own refillable hand-held bottles or hydration systems. Ultimate Direction Body Bottles will be available for purchase (at a discounted price!) at the Friday night and Saturday morning packet pick-ups.


Every Chuckanut 50k runner will receive a $5 food voucher (or "meal ticket") attached to his/her bib. This voucher can be used towards food and beverages being sold at the race finish. Please bring a small amount of cash if you wish to purchase additional food, coffee or drinks on site:

Bellingham Coffee Roasters will be available pre-race from approximately 6-8:00am. They will have their famous cold brew, nitro and drip coffees available. They will also be serving coffee from 12-4:00 in the afternoon. If possible, we ask that you bring your own mugs to reduce waste (you can keep these in your finish line bags).

Goat Mountain Pizza and El Agave will have food selections available from their food trucks at the finish line from 12-4pm.

Time Limit

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.

No Pacers

Please only run this race if you have an assigned Chuckanut 50k bib number.  Our permits allow us to have a set number of runners on the trails and we are unable to allow additional pacers, runners or self-supported runners on the course. Thank you for honoring this rule.

Drop Bags

Due to access and field size we do not provide drop bag service on the Chuckanut 50k course.  Thank you for your understanding.

If you would like to put post race clothing in a dry bag for the finish line, we will have a location at the start/finish line for you to store your bag. You can drop off the bag when you arrive to Fairhaven Park on Saturday morning - please make sure the tag from your bib is securely attached to your bag. Please do not store any valuables in your bag. We will do our best to monitor all bags, but we cannot be held liable for lost or stolen items.


Each year we have an amazing crew of volunteers that seem to have a blast no matter the weather.  These people make the race possible, and we are so thankful for their support. This race could not happen without our volunteers and their energy. Be sure to thank every volunteer you can! If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Google Form. Our volunteer coordinator, Kevin Douglas, can be reached at lostlake50 at gmail.com.


Runners can receive these special discounts on race weekend (Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19). Please be prepared to show your race bib to obtain these discounts:

Harris Avenue Cafe & Tony's Coffee - $1 off all coffee, tea and espresso beverages
Bay to Baker Trading Company -20% discount off one store item
Kulshan Brewing Company - $3 pints and $10 pitchers
Forte Artisan Chocolates - Buy One Get One Free Chocolate Bar Special
* Learn more about support from our community on the Community page


If you are unable to attend the race please let the race director know at chuckanut50 at gmail.com before Wednesday, February 22 to receive an entry refund less $25. If you pre-ordered a shirt, we will be happy to send it to you. We do not allow entry roll-overs or transfers and are unable to issue refunds after that date.

(Participants AgeD 18 & Older)

(signed by each participant when registered on UltraSignUp.com)

In Consideration of the acceptance of my entry into the Chuckanut 50Km, I, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns waive, release and discharge any and all rights and claims or damages against the race organizer (Runner Girl Races, LLC d.b.a. Chuckanut 50Km), Kristin Moehl (as an individual), race directors, USATF, race workers, race volunteers, the State of Washington, City of Bellingham, Whatcom County Public Works, Whatcom County Parks & Recreation, Haskell Corporation, Larrabee State Park, and all sponsors for any and all claims arising, directly or indirectly, from my participation in the Chuckanut 50Km.  I attest and verify that I have full knowledge of the risks involved in this endurance run, and that I assume those risks, and that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained to participate in this event.