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.

In 2021 races will be modified and subject to guidelines and recommendations under the Governor’s Healthy Washington Plan. The information below outlines current conditions for participation (conditions may change as advised by the Washington Department of Health or WA State) :

  • Please do not bring spectators. We realize that this may not be practical or reasonable in some cases (e.g. youth, those who may need assistance in order to participate)
  • Participants must wear a mask except while racing
  • Please plan on providing your own food and drink
  • Participants will start in waves
  • Event maximums are reduced
  • There will not be an awards ceremony this year


Saturday, August 21, 2021


Lake Padden Park – West Entrance
4882 Samish Way
Long Course start time: 8:30 am
Short Course start time: 1:00 pm

Packet Pick-up (ID Required)

Packet Pick-up

Early Packet Pick-up

  • Thursday, August 19, 3 pm – 7 pm at BBay Running (1431 N. State Street)

Late Packet Pick-up

  • BBay Running, 10 am – 6 pm. Please keep in mind BBay Running may be with customers when picking up your packet.

Day of Race Packet Pick-up on-site

  • Long Course: 7 am – 8:15 am
  • Short Course: 7 am – 12:30 pm

Preparation Clinic


  • To Be Determined

Please Note: 

  • This program is non-refundable
  • Both events closed at 250 registrants
  • ID required at check-in
  • The weather has the potential to be significantly warmer than Bellingham’s typical 4th Saturday in June race date. Consider carrying extra water on your bike and in transition.


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

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Race Distance and Start Time

There are two distances from which to choose:

  • Competitive: Swim 1/2 mile, Bike 21 miles, Run 5.2 miles – Start 8:30 am
  • Recreational: Swim 1/4 mile, Bike 10 miles, Run 2.6 miles – Start 1:00 pm
  • Check-in for both races begins at 7 a.m.  Recreational racers do not need to arrive this early.  Bring your photo ID.


We need volunteers to help with set up/take down, the bike and run course between. Any help between 8 am to 4 pm would be appreciated. Contact: Lance Romo at (360) 778-7000 or e-mail



Lance Romo
Recreation Coordinator
(360) 778-7000

P​ark and Recreation Contact Information​​​