We'll forgive you if you have trouble concentrating on the road ahead of you while running The Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K. After all, you'll probably be looking up at the old growth redwood trees which tower over the course.
The Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California's largest redwood state park, is located about 200 miles north of San Francisco and 40 miles south of Eureka. The marathon and half marathon start together at the Dyerville Bridge which is on the famous Avenue of the Giants near the majestic Founders Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The 5K starts in the same location just 15 minutes after the marathon & half marathon. All courses are fast, paved & shaded. All courses are USAT&F certified and the marathon is a qualifier for Boston. The Half Marathon is a USAT&F Pacific Assoc. championship in all divisions.
The marathon & half marathon start at 9:00 a.m. with the Wheelchair division starting at 8:50 a.m. The 5K starts at 9:15 a.m.
The course will be closed to all vehicles and bicycles for the entire 5K & half marathon and from miles 1 through 13 in the Marathon. Miles 14 through 26 in the Marathon will be controlled by pilot cars. Runners should be alert for pilot cars and autos following them.
The courses are marked at every mile and split times will be given at miles 1, 5, 10, and 15. There will be aid stations with electrolyte replacement drinks and water approximately every 2.5 miles. Food will be available on the Marathon course near miles 17 & 22.
There are no bikes, dogs, skateboards, skates, baby joggers, strollers or scooters allowed on the course. The use of headsets is discouraged.
Because the races are held in an undeveloped forest area, no showers or dressing facilities are available. There will be portable toilets at the start-finish and at the aid stations.
Through September 15, 2012: 5K $25, Half Marathon $50, Marathon $55. After September 15, 2012: 5K $30, Half Marathon $60, Marathon $65