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Race Description

The Padden Mudfest is a trail run that takes place on the hilly and wooded trails around Lake Padden in Bellingham. The race is unique in offering an introduction to the muddy conditions, narrow rocky and rooty trails, and challenging hill climbs and descents usually encountered in ultra-marathons, but on a smaller and much more manageable scale. Even the 5k option is challenging, but it is very doable even for relatively young and less experienced runners. Expect narrow winding trails, steep ups and downs, rocks and roots, and—all being well—lots of sloppy and slippery mud.

This year’s event marks the 21st anniversary of the race!  The race is unique in offering an introduction to conditions usually encountered in ultra-marathons, but on a smaller and much more manageable scale.  Expect narrow winding trails, steep ups and downs, rocks and roots, and – all being well – lots of sloppy and slippery mud.  

All ages of runners/walkers are welcome.

The 5k course is essentially the second half of the 10k course, and the 10k course is significantly different from the course that has been run in past years. Both courses are hilly, going up and down the trails on the hills surrounding the lake, though both finish with a flat lakefront run along the exposed and scenic shores of Lake Padden. The course maps can be viewed below.

Covid Protocol

If you aren’t feeling well the day of the race, please don’t attend. Please wear your mask/buff at the start and end of the race. When participants pick up their bibs on race day, everyone 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their event. We are dedicated to keeping all participants, staff and volunteers safe at the Padden Mudfest Runs. Masks are required at Bib pick up and in common areas during the event. This includes the start and finish lines, gear check & restrooms. Once you have started your event and are safely distanced from others, you are welcome to remove your mask. Please replace your mask at aid stations and after you cross the finish line.

At the time of the event, GBRC will follow all CDC guidelines. If GBRC needs to adjust our policies, participants will be expected to adjust with us. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

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