UPDATE, DECEMBER 3rd, 2020: Bellingham County Parks is currently not reviewing 2021 permits. GOOD NEWS – it’s looking optimistic we will be approved to hold a small in-person event mid-August with Covid policies in place. We hope to have more information by May 2021.

Hamster Endurance Run 6/12/24/32 hour event 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. The 2020 Hamster Endurance Runs will be happening on August 22-23 and be giving to the Whatcom Family YMCA Girls on The Run Program. Registration opens January 8, 2020!

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


Registration will open Wednesday January, 8 2020 on Ultrasignup. Everyone will receive a custom made wood keepsake by local company Elastic Laser. Belt buckles are given to anyone who completes 100 miles. Space is limit to 120 runners.

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.

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. Tent camping is not allowed outside the shelter but runners are allowed to take naps in their cars.

Photo by Takao Suzuki

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

Q&A // Rules

  • Are family and friends allowed to come? Yes! The more the merrier cheering on runners.
  • Are dogs welcome? Yes! Dogs must like people and other dogs. If dogs are running on course, they must be kept on leash due to park rules.
  • Can I set up a tent to nap in if I am running the 24 or 32 hour race? No shelters of any kind are permitted due to park rules. However, you are welcome to nap in your cars at any point in time. There will be a few sleeping cots available under the shelter for those who can nap with noise.
  • Are there refunds? Yes:
    • 100% refund through March 1st
    • 50% refund through July 1st
    • No refunds after July 1st
  • Can I rollover my entry to the next year? No UPDATE – YES Please email wallatrails@gmail.com for details.