FAQ

Frequently Asked Question

General

Where is the event?

All race weekend activities are in or near Bellingham, Washington, approximately 90 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Our race expo and packet pickup is at the Four Points by Sheraton (click here for Google map); the marathon starts outside the Wex'liem Building near Gooseberry Point on Lummi Nation (click here for Google map); all other race starts/finishes are near Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham (click here for Google map); and our finish festival is at Depot Market Square.

Who does the event benefit?

All net proceeds benefit local youth non-profit organizations. The Bellingham Bay Marathon is a fundraiser for the Bellingham Bay Swim Team and WFC Rangers soccer club, both of which supply hundreds of volunteers each year. Our Beneficiaries page has further information, including a list of other beneficiaries.

I'm interested in volunteering - what should I do?

Please contact us (using the Volunteering category) with details regarding your interests, availability, etc., and we will follow up with you!

What are the average high/low temperatures on race day?

The average high is 63 Fahrenheit / 17 Celsius, and the average low is 46 Fahrenheit / 8 Celsius.

Is BBM a Boston qualifier?

Yes, our marathon is a Boston qualifier. Please refer to the Boston Marathon website for qualifying standards. In addition, all BBM courses are USATF-certified.

Post-Race

When/where will race results be posted?

Preliminary results will be posted on-site on notebook computers at the timing desk near the finish line. Links to official results will be posted on our website site as soon as they are available after the event. Past results are available at our Results page.

Where can I meet my family and friends after the race?

You can arrange to meet your family and friends at the Finish Festival at Depot Market Square. Good reference points include the main stage, the massage area, the BBM store (selling extra merchandise), and the beer garden!

Pre-Race

When/where is the race expo?

The race expo, including packet pickup, is at the Four Points by Sheraton (click here for Google map) from 11 am - 6 pm on Saturday, September 24. Please see Race Expo & Packet Pickup for more information.

How do I get to the marathon start?

The marathon is a point-to-point course starting near the Lummi Wex'liem Building on Blackhawk Way (click here for Google map), and free shuttle transportation is provided for participants from the finish area to the start area before the race. Reservations are not required, and bus departure details are included in our Schedule of Events. Participants can also be dropped off at the start line. Marathon participants should not drive to the marathon start unless they have arranged for transportation back to the start after the race. After the marathon start, no transportation is provided to the marathon start area.

Can I pick up my race packet on race day?

Yes, but there is a $5 fee for this; please refer to our Packet Pickup page for more information.

Can someone else pick up my race packet at the expo?

Under certain conditions, yes - please refer to Packet Pickup for more information.

Race Information

Are jogging strollers allowed on the courses?

Yes. We ask participants with strollers to start their race behind runners without strollers and to be especially aware of their surroundings/considerate of other participants (e.g., staying right to allow faster participants to pass safely, giving extra space when passing slower participants, etc.).

Are pets allowed in the races?

Only service animals are permitted.

Are headphones allowed while participating in the race?

While we discourage the use of headphones for safety reasons, they are permitted for participants not competing for top finisher awards (including prize money). For the safety of all, please keep the volume low so you can hear what is happening around you. Participants competing for top finisher awards (including prize money) may not use any technology or appliance that provides the user an unfair advantage. Competitors should review USATF Competition Rule 144.3 (available here) for compliance details.

Are toilets available on the courses?

Yes, toilets are located at the start of each course, every 2 - 4 miles along the courses, and at the finish of each course. Course maps (on the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K pages) will include updated toilet location details by August 31.

I've heard the course includes some trail. Should I wear road or trail shoes?

We highly recommend wearing road shoes. The majority of each course is on asphalt and concrete surfaces. Trail portions of the courses are hard-packed crushed rock and dirt, six feet or more wide, very easy to run, and offer a nice break from the asphalt and concrete course surfaces!  

Do you have pace groups?

Yes, for the marathon and half marathon - please refer to our Pace Groups page for further information.

Are handcycles or other wheeled transport supported?

No, we currently do not offer a wheeled division in any of our races.

Can I participate as a walker?

Absolutely! Walkers are encouraged to participate in all BBM events. The marathon walk begins 30 minutes before the marathon run; walkers begin at the same times as runners for each of the other distances.

Is BBM a Boston qualifier?

Yes, our marathon is a Boston qualifier. Please refer to the Boston Marathon website for qualifying standards. In addition, all BBM courses are USATF-certified.

Registration

Can I transfer my registration to another person?

Yes, please refer to Registration Changes for further information.

Can I transfer my registration from one race to another?

Yes, please see Registration Changes for more information.

I'm registered, but now I'm unable to participate. Can I get a refund or a deferral?

All fees are non-refundable. If you cannot participate due to circumstances beyond your control, we may - at our discretion - offer you a deferral. If you would like to request a deferral, please contact us to explain the situation - and be prepared to provide documentation. Please see Registration Changes for other options.

Can I pick up my race packet on race day?

Yes, but there is a $5 fee for this; please refer to our Packet Pickup page for more information.

Can someone else pick up my race packet at the expo?

Under certain conditions, yes - please refer to Packet Pickup for more information.

Are handcycles or other wheeled transport supported?

No, we currently do not offer a wheeled division in any of our races.

Can I participate as a walker?

Absolutely! Walkers are encouraged to participate in all BBM events. The marathon walk begins 30 minutes before the marathon run; walkers begin at the same times as runners for each of the other distances.

Can I check if I am already registered?

Yes. Click here to confirm your registration.