Fitness Challenge

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​From fitness gurus to beginners or to families looking for some fun, Bellingham Parks and Recreation now offers self-paced challenges to track your run, walk, swim or paddle journey. Pick a challenge, set your pace, and you are on  your way.  

Frequently Asked Questions​​

  • ​How do I report my progress?​
    Report progress at: ​​
  • How do I measure my distance?
    Use a fitness tracker or phone app. There are a variety of free and paid apps including Strave, Run Keeper and even something called Zombies, Run!​ is useful for planning new and measuring existing routes.​
  • What are the race categories (Padden and Super-Duper Distance Challenges)?
    – 2 year age groups up to 18
    – 5 year age groups 18 & older
    – Athena (female 160#)
    – Clydesdale (male​ 200#)
    – Stroller
    – Double stroller
    – Ruck (<150 lbs. 20#, 150 lbs. or greater 30#)
    – Lefty
  • Can I enter multiple categories?
  • When can I start accumulating miles?
    For the Padden Challenge and Super-Duper Distance Challenge miles can be accumulated at any time between July 1 and September 7. September 9 is the last day to submit times/distances.  For the Bellingham Parks 5k Challenge miles are accumulated over an 8 week period.  Starting date is dependent upon Whatcom County entering Phase III. ​ 



Parks and Recreation
(360) 778-7000​​
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