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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.

Now offering Clydesdale (200) and Athena (150) divisions.  Weigh in at packet pick-up.


The 2015 Competitive Division is now FULL!  Some spots are still available in the Recreation Division.  Last and only remaining chance to register will be at packet pick up, Friday, June 26, 2-7 pm at Bikesport, 2416 Meridian Street.


Last Chance Registration at packet pick up = $80

*Relay teams + $10


Saturday, June 27, 2015

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

Packet Pick-up (ID Required)

Early Packet Pick-up

Day of Race Packet Pick-up on site at Lake Padden

Preparation Clinic

Join Mo Trainor and Lance Romo at this free, all ages clinic on Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the Lake Padden Bathhouse.

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

Can I pick up someone else's packet?

You can pick up someone else's packet at early packet pick up provided you have a signed note from
them including the code words "Frisky Dingo".

Can I transfer my registration? Give it to a friend? Sell it on Craigslist? Scalp it first thing in the morning? etc.

There are a number of reasons why, but there's already plenty of text here. If it's important to you, give
Lance Romo a call after race day and have a chat.


It's a fact, made up for the purposes of these FAQs, that carpoolers and bike commuters collect more
draw prizes than those who drive solo. The main entrance will be closed to allow for our transition area.
Please enter the park using 40th St. from there you can access parking in the lot and, one way, along
Wilkins St. There will be signage and parking staff to assist you.

What time should I get there?

Get there with enough time to park, pick up your packet, get body marking, rack your bike in transition
and do whatever other things you do before a race. Recreational event participants can certainly arrive
much later than Competitive event participants. If I were racing I'd plan for 1.5-2 hrs. prior to start time.


The park is 1.5ish miles from Exit 252.

What if I forgot to train?

It's probably gonna hurt.


Course maps are available for every leg except the swim.  Suffice it to say, the swim leg is either a 1/2 mile or 1/4 mile triangle, depending on which race you're in.  There's relatively little elevation gain until participants exit the water, clamber up the berm, then run/amble up a hill and enter the transition area where the leg time is completed.

Water Temperature

The water temperature has been reported as "warm...wonderful...fantastic." This is a lake in the Pacific
North West, not Maui. Having said that, the 71 degree water temperature in Maui is only 2-4 degrees
warmer than the temperatures typical of Lake Padden in late June. A wetsuit is totally not needed, however, most people will wear one. If you chill easily or feel it's important to blend in to the group, I recommend securing a wetsuit ASAP.

Basic Rules

Time Limits

Time limits are not flexible.  If you have questions about this, you can sit down with Lance over a beverage and he will exlain why in ridiculous detail - you're buying and required to sit through his explanation in utter silence.


Relay teams will exchange the timing chip in the transition area. Participants will wait at the bike rack.
Note: relay participants will not wait directly in front of the transition entrance/exit.


We do engraved trophies for the top 3 male & female finishers in each race. We do not do age group
awards, however, if you place in your division you are exempt from 83% of calories derived from bacon -
or - carbonated beverages for a period of 30 days.

Draw prizes are open to all participants and volunteers. Hint - carpoolers clean up at awards.

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+


Timing is done with magic, pixie dust and computer chips.

Will there be cars on the road?

Yup, the course is open to vehicles. We will have between 8 & 13 certified flaggers on the course along
with a lot of money in cops. Even with all that, please keep in mind motor vehicles are capable of squishing you and yield when necessary.


Results will be posted on our website the Monday following the race and on Accustat Sports Timing the
evening of the race. Past results are on our website. Check out some of those speedy transition times.


A link to pictures of each leg will be posted on our Facebook page after the event or on our
photographer's (Jon Brunk Photography) website.

More Questions?

Ask away by emailing Lance Romo at or phoning our office, 360-778-7000, or stopping in, 3424 Meridian Street in Cornwall Park.

Questions are greatly appreciated, however, the penalty of repeating a question already completely addressed above is 12 delicious ounces of hot, black Americano or some chocolate covered raisins.

M 9/18/2015

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