Something always seems to break at the worst possible moment.
Whether you left something at home, need to retire your old gear, or want to try something new for your Bellingham Bay Marathon experience, there are three major stores in town that have everything you need. All three stores are open seven days a week and close at 7pm Saturday the 29th: your last chance to grab supplies before the big day.
BBay Running – Our race partner!
BBay Running is Bellingham’s oldest running supply store started in a garage in 1996. The little startup grew into a little shop covering everything a jogger, professional runner, or hiker needs.
The store offers a wide selection of running apparel including Smartwool socks and Pro-Tec ankle wraps. For athletes who are feeling sore before the race, there are foam rollers and massage balls at the ready, as well as tons of compression gear.
BBay Running offers a selection of water bottle caps designed for effortless water access and leak-free use, or better yet, hydration bladders for hands-free water access.
Ready to suit anyone’s needs, Fairhaven Runners boasts over 76 brands of running shoes and accessories. The running shop offers specialized gear including running sunglasses and chafing protection. You can spoil yourself with an exercise watch or ask a clerk for suggestions on what to buy for the big day.
Hot tip: On September 25th, Fairhaven Runners will be hosting one-on-one screenings with a physical therapist for only $15. Customers must book ahead at 360-676-4955.
Of the three, REI has the largest selection of energy bars sports drinks. It doesn’t have quite the same selection of running-focused athletic equipment as the two Bellingham running stores, but still offers a variety of water bottles, sports medicine supplies, exercise gadgets, and running accessories.
Have a few days left before the race? The REI website offers an expansive selection, and ships to the Bellingham store in about 3 business days at no extra charge.
Even if your shoes are getting a little worn, it is recommended to fully break in a new pair of shoes or set of insoles before a race. A new pair of shoes may offer more support but may cause blisters when first worn.
Overall, try and get those last minute items as soon as possible! Take the time to get to know new products (headphones, watches, etc.) so you’re not fussing with them during the race.