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Padden Triathlon

Lake Padden Triathlon

The Padden Triathlon is an excellent first, second or twenty-second triathlon. Our course is simple, beautiful and well staffed. In an effort to make this a race you'll enjoy year after year, we've made everything as simple as possible, so on race day you can focus on the event. Our goal is to make the Padden Triathlon the best organized, most affordable, chip timed event you'll do all summer. Please start your triathlon season here in Bellingham.

The 2015 Competitive Division is now FULL!  Spots are still available in the Recreation Division.



January 1-31  $40* / February 1-28  $50* / March 1-31  $60* / April 1-30  $70* / May 1-31 $80* / DOR $90*

*Relay teams + $10


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lake Padden Park
6/27/2015 8:30 am


Preparation Clinic

Date and Time TBA

Bring all of your triathlon related equipment and be ready to practice your transitions from wet to finish.  We'll cover transitions, pre-race nutrition, clothing, minor mechanical issues, wet suits and whatever questions you might have.

Race Distance and Start Time

There are two distances from which to choose:



We need volunteers to help with set up/take down, the bike and run course. We'll need help between about 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. All or part would be much appreciated. Contact: Lance Romo at 778-7000 or e-mail

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the swim like?

The swim starts from the swim area at Lake Padden. Across and back (1/2 mile) is the competitive distance, halfway and back (1/4 mile) is the Recreational distance. The event is chip timed by Perfect Time Events and will start in waves of approximately 50.

What is the bike like?

The bike is hilly on paved city and county roads. The course is well marked with chalk, there will also be volunteers on the course directing traffic and racers alike. Helmets are required. Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the course beforehand.

What is the run like?

The run is one or two (depending on your division) counter-clockwise laps around Lake Padden. The half flat, half rolling hill limestone path is on relatively joint friendly crushed limestone.

What is the transition like?

The bike transition will be in the front part of the West parking lot near the bathhouse. Because the event is chip timed there is a defined entrance and exit to the transition area. Please follow volunteer instructions when entering and exiting. Non-participants must stay out of the transition area at all times. For safety reasons participants must stay off their bikes in the transition area.

When are results/awards?

Results will be available immediately following each race. There will be two award ceremonies, one shortly following each race.

What are the prizes?

Prizes were donated by local companies

Is there a time limit?

Yes, there is a 3 hour limit for the Competitive event and a 2-1/2 hour limit for the Recreational event.

What are the divisions?

Male and Female 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

More information

Contact Lance Romo at 778-7000 or email

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