​And they're off! - photo by Jon Brunk<br> image

​And they're off! - photo by Jon Brunk

Runnin' O' the Green

​​​​​​​​​Get your green on and join us in celebrating St. Paddy's Day with a run/walk downtown then stick around for the Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade.


​Saturday, March 14, 2020


Register early to get the best rates!

November - December         $15​
January​                                    $20
February                                 $25
March                                      $30
Day of Race                            $35

Kids 12 & under: $5 (no shirt, kids in strollers are free)


Race Distance and Start Time

There are two distances from which to choose:

  • 5 Klick (approx. 3 miles)
  • 8 Klick (approx. 5 miles)

Both events start at 10 a.m.

​​​​​​Past Race Photos 


Bellingham Parks & Recreation is in need of volunteers to make this growing and ever-popular special event take place. This is a great community gathering for kids of all ages. We are looking for approximately 50 volunteers to make this fun morning continue to be such a huge success. As a volunteer you can help with registration, start line, finish line, refreshments, course support, or many other aspects of the run and festivities afterwards. For more information contact Lance Romo at (360) 778-7000 or e-mail Lromo@cob.org



Male and Female 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Race Results

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Packet Pick-up
    • Pick up your shirt, number and other goodies at BBay Running 1431 N. State St. between 3 - 7 p.m. the Friday before race day.
    • Late packet pickup is at the Boundary Bay Bistro Garden (1107 Railroad Ave) Enter via the alley.
    • ID is required.
    • Registration will be available at early packet pick up - assuming the event hasn't reached its max (1200).
  • Can I pick up someone else's packet?
    • You can pick up someone else's packet provided you have a signed note from them including the code words "Frisky Dingo".
  • Can I bring a stroller?
    • Absolutely you can bring a stroller, but only if it contains a person.
      • Please start with the appropriate pace group. This means if you look around to discover all the people surrounding you are way faster - back up. If they're way slower - move forward. We'll help.
  • Can I bring a dog?
    • No, you can't bring a dog. No cats. No goats. Nothing with feathers and no ponies either. Non-croc/gator reptiles are OK.
  • Where is the start/finish?
    • Start: The events start together on the 1000 block of Cornwall Ave. Walking distance from the race HQ at the Boundary Bistro Garden (1107 Railroad Ave.).
    • Finish: The events finish together on the 1000 block of Railroad Ave.
  • What's the course?
    • The best method to see the course would be to look at one of the maps linked (ßlink to maps) from this page.
      • The course is a combination of public roads and Bellingham Parks & Recreation crushed limestone paths.
      • The roads will be secured with the help of Bellingham's finest, certified, flaggers, volunteers, a gorilla and purple t-rex.
    • Do you have difficulty reading maps? Take a Dramamine and watch this video! (ßLink to video)
    • As an alternate solution you could follow the big white arrows and crowds of people. The tricky bit is where the 5K & 8K courses split.
      • 5K - turn right at the gorilla.
      • 8K - go forward at the gorilla.
  • Registration questions?
    • I recommend you click the link above and register on-line. (ßLink to EZ Reg)
      • Registering on-line is exactly like making a purchase on-line. You create an account and submit credit card information.
      • If you've registered for Parks programs in the past, you can just enter your password, or if you're like me, click one of the "Forgot" buttons.
    • Hate registering over the interwebs? We have paper. Download a form (ßLink to Reg Form) above, pick one up at the parks office, the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, your local running store or send a message to Lromo@cob.org (ßLink to Lromo@cob.org) and have a form sent to your in-box.
    • Register early to save $cratch!
    • Day of race registration is available until the event maximum is reached (1200).
  • Parking
    • There's lots of street parking in the downtown area and in the gravel lots on the 1000 block of Cornwall Ave.
    • There are 398 parking spaces at the Commercial Street Parking Garage (1300 Commercial St.) it's free on weekends and, according to Google is, .3 miles from the event.
    • If your wallet's fat, there are pay lots very close to the start finish.
  • How does timing work?
    • There's a small chip in the race number that triggers a box to link that chip with a given participants start time and another at the end triggering a finish time.
    • It's basically magic.
  • Is there a time limit?
    • The official time limit is 1 hour. After an hour the course is no longer monitored, and finish times will not be recorded.
  • How do awards work?
    • The top 3 male and female in each race awarded engraved trophy like products.
    • There are 32 divisions where a person could conceivably finish in the top 3. There are no formal awards for these divisions. However, calories from tacos, bacon and dairy will not be counted for a period of 24 hours.
    • See divisions listed above.
    • There will be draw prizes for all participants and volunteers. Must be present to win.
  • Where can I find results?
  • Where can I find pictures? (they're free to download)
  • Where are the bathrooms?
    • Look for the big blue boxes or follow the chemical smell.

Problems, complaints, questions? Contact Lance Romo at Lromo@cob.org or (360) 778-7000.

More information

Contact Lance Romo at (360) 778-7000 or email Lromo@cob.org



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