Welcome to Shasta Trail Runs!

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I enjoy volunteering at races almost as much as I enjoy running them.  If you’d like to volunteer at an STR event, email Mark.  You can earn free entries to future races also!

Upcoming Races:

November 9:  Bohemotash Mt Marathon/ Dry Creek 15K & 10K.  See the picture/header at the top of the page?  That’s the place!  In 2014 we hope to add  The World’s Fastest Trail Marathon and the Sac River 50 Mile Ultramarathon.  

January 1, 2014:  Because Bohematosh had to be scheduled for fall, we have moved the Clikapudi Trail Runs to New Year’s Day.  Same courses and distances as 11/10/12.

March 22-?, 2014: The 4MPH Challenge.  Can you run/walk an easy, gently rolling single-track trail loop in 90 minutes (15 minutes/mile)?  Easy, right.  OK, that’s one loop.  When the 90 minutes are up, everyone heads out again together and does it (tries to do it) again.  Yay! Two laps, three hours and 12 miles down And you’re tied for first place! Ready to do it again?  And again, and … Hey, I’ll stay out there as long as you can keep up that blistering 15 minute/mile pace!  As Yogi Berra would say, “90% of this race is half mental!”

May 3, 2014: The Me-OW! Marathons.   Inspired by the legendary Barkley Marathons, only easier.  How easy?  Easy enough that almost any long-distance runner can enjoy a level of suffering previously unavailable to the masses!   Click on the meow tab near the top of the page.  STR is helping launch this event, but it probably will be administered separately so as not to ruin our reputation:  There’s hard and there’s stupid hard.  ’Nuf said?

June 13, 2014:  Moonshine 3.5M, 7M & 14M. Races start at 7:30 PM, you’ll need a flashlight for the 14M.  Start and finish on the beach!

Bottom line:  STR exists to encourage people to “Get Out And Get Moving!”  We employ trail running events but whether you are walking, hiking, biking, paddling, or whatevering, just get out- into the great beautiful natural surroundings of the northstate, and get moving- fast, slow or in-between, as long as it’s under your own power!  You’ll be glad you did!

click here for our Mission Statement.

Why we race: Part 1 of Infinity.

Ultimately, you aren’t racing against anyone else.
You are racing against, and for, yourself.

The time comes, in every race, when, if you are really giving it your all, you will want to quit.  You will want to be anywhere else, doing anything else.

It’s a strange sport, isn’t it?
We do it for “fun” and then spend much of the time wanting it to be over!
We are choosing, intentionally, to create and face that moment.

The moment of testing.
The moment most people desperately try to avoid.
The moment when we face our fears and doubts and…

If you avoid that moment, the fears and doubts don’t go away.
They just go underground.
They lurk quietly, or not so quietly, in our subconsciousness.
We can only move past them, beyond them, above them, by facing them.

What will you do in that moment?  What will I do?
Will we make excuses, settle for less, back down?
Or will we dig down and do that which we feared we could or would not?

Every race is a test.  Every race is an opportunity.
We can’t move past our current set of fears and doubts by avoiding them.
We have to face up to them.

True sports are opportunities to test, in the world of play, the true nature of our characters.
What we learn on the playing field, we can take with us when we return to “real” life.
Granted, every athlete doesn’t make the connection.
But every true athlete has earned the opportunity.

Your move.