Directions to Shasta Dam:
The simplest way: from I-5 take the Shasta Dam Blvd exit (#685). Go west for 3.5 miles, through the town of Shasta Lake, until you come to a stop sign at Lake Blvd. Turn right and follow the road as it curves up the hill to Shasta Dam. Park in the visitor center parking lot, the race will start and finish at the east end of the dam.
November 9, 2013 @ Shasta Dam Visitor Center
Are you ready for what may well be the most scenic marathon you’ve ever run?
(the picture at the top of this page was taken on the course!)
Marathon+ (28.4M)- 7:30 AM (4:30 PM cut-off)
10K & 15K- 10:00 AM
The Marathon+ is basically uphill for the first half, climbing from Shasta Dam at 1200′ elevation to Bohemotash Mountain at 4432′ with a couple of dips and rolls along the way. The first half of trail 18 and the second half of trail 26 are VERY steep, most of the rest isn’t bad. The 3000′ descent from Bohemotash is approximately 10.5 miles (!) on a good dirt road with amazing views (including 7 miles of continuous downhill, but mostly gentle, not steep). Fast and fun if your quads can handle it. The remaining 6 miles to the finish are gently rolling along the lakeshore and flat on the dam. The actual distance is 28.5 miles – we don’t have much control over where to put the start/finish line and it seemed silly to make everyone turn around a mile short of the Bohemotash summit. So technically this does qualify as an ultra-marathon!
(Intermediate cut-off times: Upper Aid Station- Mile 10.5- Noon, Mile 15.5- 1PM).
The 10K and 15K course each climb the big steep hill up trail 18 to great views of Shasta Lake and beyond and then drop back down to Road 1. The 10K course returns to the start via Road 1, 1/2 mile uphill, then 2 miles downhill, then 1/2 mile uphill to the dam and 1/2 mile flat across the dam). The 15K course rejoins Road 1 downhill for a mile to the Dry Creek trail and back along the lakeshore to the dam, gently rolling with a biggish hill near the end (when you get to the top of the last hill you will see the finish line, below you and one mile away).
Walkers/hikers are welcome in these distances (you must finish by 4:30 PM).
Detailed Course Descriptions:
Runners (all distances) will cross the dam and turn left on Coram Road, then right on OHV road 1, then right again on OHV trail 18 and follow 18 until it rejoins 1.
10K will turn left on road 1 and right on Coram Road and back across the dam to the finish. Actual distance (GPS) – 6.1 miles
15K will turn right on 1 to the Dry Creek trailhead and will follow the Dry Creek trail back to the dam and the finish. The only hard climb is on trail 18, the Dry Creek trail is rolling, gently at first, one biggesh hill near the end. Distance (per GPS) is accurate.
Marathon will turn right on 1 to OHV trail 26 and follow 26 uphill until it rejoins 1 near Mammoth Butte. From there they will follow OHV road 1 up to the Bohemotash summit, turn around and take 1 back all the way down to the Dry Creek trailhead where they will follow the Dry Creek trail back to the dam and the finish.
There will be an aid station (Dry Creek) on Road 1 near the Dry Creek trailhead for 15K at approx mile 4.5 and for Marathon runners on their return at approx mile 21. This aid station will close at 3:00 PM (cut-off time for all distances). There will also be an aid station at mile 6 for marathon runners where they turn from Road 1 onto Trail 26.
There will be an aid station (Mammoth) at the northern junction of trail 26 and Road 1 which the Marathon runners will come to at approx Mile 10.5 and Mile 15.5. You must pass through the first time by Noon and the second time by 1:00 PM.
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Our current plan is to offer this particular marathon course only this one time. So if you want to run this course, do it now! Next year we hope to offer a 50 mile race which utilizes this course and then continues from the dam to the Sundial Bridge on the east side of the Sacramento River. We will also offer a FAST trail marathon from Shasta Dam to Sundial Bridge on the east side (dirt trails). The 15K is the only course that will be repeated in the same form.