Sac River Trail Races

October 21, 2017 at Shasta Dam Visitors Center.

New this year!  55K Ultramarathon combines the 15K and Marathon courses!

This year’s event raised $1420 for victims of the recent wildfires in California.  
Thank you runners and volunteers for making this possible!

A Very Fast and Scenic Trail Marathon, from Shasta Dam to the Sundial Bridge on the EAST side of the Sacramento River.

And… a scenic lake view and lakeside 15K course (see description below).
And… NEW FOR 201755K!

“Thank you so much for such a great event!”  Abby Clester

“Really loved this run!” Denise Larsen

The marathon/ultramarathon bus will leave the finish area at Riverfront Park near the Redding Convention Center / Sundial Bridge at exactly 7:30 AM.  $10.

The 15K starts and finish at Shasta Dam,
The Marathon and Ultramarathon ends just south of the Sundial Bridge at Riverfront Park.  

T-shirts (long sleeve) are extra: $10.

Refund and Deferral Policy: If you cannot make it, you may email us up to 10 days prior to the race and request a deferral of your registration fees to any other STR race in the following 13 months.  9 days or less prior to the race you can receive 50% credit toward a future race.  No refunds.

Directions to Shasta Dam: from I-5 take exit 685 (Shasta Dam Blvd) through the town (westbound) to the 4way stop at Lake Blvd (approx 3 miles).  Turn right and it will take you to the Shasta Dam visitor’s center.


Lee Ann Paul: “Perfect in every way. Beautiful trail. My favorite race this year.”

Special thanks to Hammer Nutrition for the continuing support of Shasta Trail Runs!

Course Overviews:

After a one-mile out-and-back on Shasta Dam, the Trail Marathon will follow dirt single-track trails down the Upper Sacramento Ditch trail, the Hornbeck Trail, and the FB trail before joining the paved River trail for the last 5 miles to the finish, 0.25 miles past the SunDial Bridge.  The Marathon course is mostly flat or gently rolling with a net elevation loss of 800′.



The 15K course (also the first 9 miles of the 55K) goes across the dam to Coram Road and quickly right on Road 1 and then climbs the big steep hill up trail 18 to great views of Shasta Lake and beyond before dropping back down to Road 1 and downhill for a mile to the Dry Creek trail and back along the lakeshore on Dry Creek 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).  Cut-off time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (8:30 – 11:00).

Map and Elevation profile of the 15K course (Dry Creek Trail = miles 4-9):



The 55K combines the 15K and marathon courses.

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Weather:  Perfect, more or less.

Aid Stations and Cut-Off Times:

15K: One water station at Mile 4.  Must finish by 11:00 AM (2 hours & 30 minutes).

Marathon & Ultra: Aid stations and cut-off times (Mar/55K): Mile 1/9, 10/19- Walker Mine (1:00PM), 16/25 – FB (water only), 19/28- Keswick (3:00PM),  23/32 – Cul de Sac (4:00PM).  Except for FB, aid stations will have water, sport drink, soda, M&Ms, fruit,  pringles and PB&J sandwiches. We strongly recommend carrying at least 20 oz of water or sports drink as aid stations are up to 10 miles apart due to limited access.

Contact the Race Director: Runalong (at) mac (dot) com

First time visiting Redding?  Click here for more information!
“Fantastic race yesterday! I ran the marathon. Amazing course, stunning views, aid stations and volunteers were fantastic. Course markings were perfect. LOVED the beer glass as the finish award! Well done guys, loved every minute of it.”  Jean Sorenson

Looking down at the start/finish area from mile 17 of the marathon.

Andrea Craig: “Today’s run will be hard to beat anywhere. What a spectacular morning.”


Elaine Zilonka: “I really enjoyed the marathon course yesterday and your aid station peeps were really eager to help, cheerful, etc. The low entry fees are also a treat! Thanks to whomever took the time to mark the course, too. It was well done in all the needed places.  And great shirts! Thanks for the memories.”

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Kellie Dunham: “Awesome race yesterday!  Beautiful location and beautiful weather!”


Chris Petterson: “Every bend in the trail brought new amazing scenery!”


Nicolette Amann: “It was indeed a beautiful course!”

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Abby: “I struggled on the marathon course today but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thanks for putting this on!”


Natalia: “My daughter Sofi had so much fun!! she is hooked!!” (her first trail race)


Photographer for most of these pics: Stephanie Deveau

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“Another fabulous race. I had a really really great fun kick ass time running the marathon and I had a super great race.  And thank you to everyone that was involved in making this amazing race happen.” Elisa Paredes


This event is operated under special use permits with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, The Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Redding.

In accordance with Federal law, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

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