Hamster Endurance Runs was created in 2013 by Kelly Krieger. Kelly found it to be a fun and loopy way to run miles while raising money for local organizations. In November 2018, Kelly was searching for someone to take over Hamster and found yours truly. Whatcom Humane Society farm facility, Whatcom Family YMCA’s Girl On the Run program, and Trail Sisters all received donations from the 2019 Hamster Endurance Runs.

After several years of directing Hamster, creator Kelly Krieger finally ran her own race!
Photo by Takao Suzuki, 2019


August 2020 OR September 2020….stay tuned

Results & Photos

=== 2019 Results ===

Click here for 2019 Results // Photos courtesy of Takao Suzuki & 32hr finish-line photos courtesy of Ryan Thrower

Photo by Takao Suzuki

=== 2017 Results ===

Click here for 2017 Results

=== 2016 Results ===

Click here for 2016 Results

=== 2015 Results ===

Click here for 2015 Results

=== 2014 Results ===

Click here for 2014 Results

=== 2013 Race ===

Click here for 2013 Results

Course, Directions, Parking & Lodging

The ​​​​​​​​course will be the well marked 2.6 mile trail that circumnavigates Lake Padden. The trail will have obvious markers and additional glow lights for the night time hours. The trail is a wooded, natural setting so it’s required that runners come prepared with headlamps. Trail surface is compact dirt and/or crushed gravel, nontechnical, with minimal elevation change. Each loop has 244 ft. of elevation gain.

Photo by Takao Suzuki

Race support will include a variety of food, water and electrolyte drinks. 
Bagels, peanut butter, fruit, candy, soups, chips, cookies, gels​ etc. will be available. There will be gluten free snacks available as well.

A shelter will be provided for resting.  Consider bringing a pad and sleeping bag for use in the shelters. Personal camping is not allowed outside the shelter.

Runners will be able to exit and enter the course only at designated areas.

Photo by Takao Suzuki


Start/Finish will be at the south end of Lake Padden near the baseball fields. Parking at or near the site is adequate but please carpool if possible.

I-5 From the South:

  • Take exit #246 towards N. Lake Samish. Turn left onto south Samish Way, turn left onto Lakeshore Dr./park entrance.
  • Follow drive straight towards lake and look for parking directions.

​​​​​​​​​​​​I-5 From the North:

  • Take exit #252 Samish Way/WWU. Turn left onto Samish Way. Take first right to stay on S. Samish Way
  • Turn right onto Lakeshore Dr./park entrance 
  • Follow drive straight towards lake and look for parking directions.

Camping is available nearby –Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center



  • 6:30-7:45 AM – Check in at Lake Padden (HEADS UP – the bathrooms will be open around 8:00am. Sorry for the pre-race inconvenience!)
  • 7:45AM – Pre-race briefing
  • 8:00 AM – Start for all runs
  • 2:00 PM – 6 hour event finishes
  • 2:15 PM – 6 hour event awards
  • Around 4:30-6:30 PM – Prime Sports Institute will be onsite to help runners with any niggles!
  • 8:00 PM – 12 hour event finishes
  • 8:15 PM – 12 hour event awards


  • 8:00 AM – 24 hour event finishes
  • 8:15 AM – 24 hour awards
  • 4:00 PM – 32 hour event finishes – awards follow
Photo by Ryan Thrower
Photo by Ryan Thrower


I am continuing the Hamster Endurance Run tradition of donating proceeds to organizations doing amazing work around Bellingham and in the trail running community. However, I could not do it without the support of these businesses:


Baltina is sponsoring the Whatcom Family YMCA ‘s Girl on The Run program. Baltina is a long distance ultra runner who will “go the distance” for her clients. Her love for running, the Bellingham community, and commitment of selling or finding the perfect home for people in the Bellingham area have me excited to have her support. Check out her website for more details: https://www.baltinavalente.com


Chuckanut 50k Race Director Krissy Moehl is passionate about supporting other races and events especially when a race or event supports other hardworking organizations. Krissy is a Trail Sisters contributor and has seen first hand how this organization helps women support women on the trails. Her sponsorship for Trail Sisters through the Hamster Endurance Runs is win-win-win!


Want to speed up your recovery after running so many loops? Or do you have a nagging niggle that could use some attention? Prime can help! “Whether you need an athletic trainer to provide immediate help with an injury, massage, physical therapy, or coaching, we offer comprehensive support for athletes and active people in the Bellingham Community. ” Hamster runners get a special 40% discount to use the recovery room which includes a sauna, hot/cold tubs, NormaTec boots and shorts, and much more – all for $15! The deal lasts 7 days after the race. Check out more details on what Prime can offer you: https://www.primebellingham.com/


Each runner and volunteer gets quality chocolate for a great cause? Yes, please! K’ul Chocolate, formally known as Bija Chocolate, ” is a social enterprise that believes that if we invest in women they will reinvest in their families and communities. By working directly with women-owned co-ops, we create real relationships with the women and pay them directly. This ensures greater economic opportunities to help their families and communities. ” Read more about local residents and co-founders Ari Lee-Newman and Paul Newman’s mission: https://www.kulchocolate.com/our-mission/