For those that prefer road running to more technical trails, head to Cleator Road for a good 3-mile uphill workout. It’s a dirt road that starts off quick and steep, but offers some relief with flat sections. Cleator Road begins at Interurban Trail, so runners can warm up with flat terrain before starting the climb up Cleator. Local running clubs and high school and college teams train on Cleator Road to build endurance and uphill strength. Enjoy pretty bay views along the way and at the top, where you will also find restrooms.
For scenery so beautiful you’ll forget any discomfort, the South Bay Trail that winds through Boulevard Park is hard to beat. Two bridge crossings and a beautiful route along the waterfront make it a favorite with local runners, especially on weekends. If you’re lucky, you’ll see seals or even otters along with spectacular sunsets. Beyond Boulevard Park, after crossing the railroad tracks, the trail goes all the way to downtown Bellingham. It’s a flat, easy trail, perfect for anyone running with dogs or strollers.
Groups:the Greater Bellingham Running Club
Retailers: Fairhaven Runners, Klicks