January 19, 2020
1. The course will be well marked with arrows and course monitors.
2. The monitors will direct you at crucial points along the course.
3. 11 aid stations will be serve water and electrolyte drink. ( aid station on is water only)
4. Energy gels will be available during the 2nd half of the marathon.
5. Mile markers will be set in place prior to the start of the event.
6. Please note that the cut off for the race is 7 hours. ( a 16 minute mile pace)
The Redding Marathon and relay will begin at the Shasta Dam Visitors Center parking lot at 8 am on January 19, 2020. You will run directly onto the road the crosses Shasta dam. Once you have crossed the dam, you will descend 1.75 down a paved road that will become the paved Rail Trail. here you will run along the Rail Trail for 10 miles with the Sacramento River on your left. The first aid station is at 3.75 miles. Just after the first aid station you will run through an old 1923 railroad tunnel. Aid station # 2 will be at mile 6.4 which is the old Matheson Mine. At mile 9.7 the first transition for the relay will take place along with a large aid and medical station.
You will continue on the paved Rail Trail across Spring Creek Dam where you will head to Iron Mountain Road. Officials will be controlling traffic as you cross Iron Mtn. Road and venture onto Rock Creek Road and Granite Road leading you to the historic town of Old Shasta. This will be your biggest climb of the marathon!
Once in Old Shasta, you will be treated to over 4 miles of urban paved trail descending to the Sacramento River Trail and many portions of the "pre CARR Fire" course. Running south on the river trail you will cross the old Diestelhorst Bridge (relay transition to leg 3) and head north on your only out and back of the course.
Now on the north side of the Sacramento River Trail , you will make your way to the finish line passing aid stations #10 and #11 and heading to the finish line, The Sundial Bridge.
WHETHER YOUR GOAL IS TO RUN YOUR FIRST MARATHON OR YOUR 20TH WE ARE EXCITED TO SEE YOU IN JANUARY.
Historic Old Shasta was once considered a Ghost Town
The bridge is over 100 years old!
Your finish line!