Race Date: March 17, 2018   Race Start Time: 8:00am

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

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

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up for Chuckanut 50k runners begins on Sunday, March 11 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:

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 11:00AM - FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 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 & Shirt (if you pre-ordered a shirt)

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 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 17

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 12:00-4:30pm to return you to your car.

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 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 Sehome High School parking lot after the race start.

11:30AM-4:00pm  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! Due to insurance and facility reasons we can not allow dogs on course or at the start or finish line. 

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

Afternoon shuttles will return runners and spectators to their cars at Western Washington University until 4:30pm.


We award winners in the Overall, Masters and Age Group categories - 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 AWESOME BREW HALL!

  • Runners and volunteers will receive $1 off pint purchases.
  • We will host a raffle to benefit Whatcom County Girls on the Run - tickets selling all weekend, $5 each or 5 for $20.
  • Food trucks on-site at the brew hall will accept runner vouchers (from your bib)
  • Fun atmosphere to share stories from your race day


Aid Stations & CREWS


There are five aid stations stocked with the basics. These points are noted on the Course Map. We allow crew/spectators support at Aid Stations #1 & #5.

  • Aid Station #1 = 10.9 km/6.77M (crew access)
  • 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 (crew access)

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.

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.

4-legged friends

Due to insurance and facility reasons we are not allowed to have dogs at any part of the race event. Thank you for leaving your pups at home and 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.


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.

Special requests

All runner (late entry, elite requests, etc) and sponsor special requests must be received no later than February 28 to be considered. One of our RDs is traveling to China from March 2-12 to run in a 100 mile race on March 9 and will not be able to manage these last minute requests that we typically do in the final weeks leading up to the race.

Event cancelation

In case of cancellation of the event, for whatever reason, decided more than 14 days before the date of the start of the race, a partial refund of the registration fees will be made to currently registered runners. The amount of this refund will be fixed so as to allow the organization to cover all irredeemable expenses committed, up to the date of the cancellation. In case of a cancellation decided less than 14 days before the start, or in case of interruption of the race, for whatever the reason, no refund of the registration fee will be made.

(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.