Redding runners get ready for Shasta SWEAT event

January 9, 2014 by  

Later this month, a free bus ride to the Shasta Dam’s Visitor’s Center can get Redding runners to the start of SWEAT’s annual Marathon, Relay and 5K. The event’s scenic paved running trails meander downstream beside the Sacramento River. Runners can enjoy looking for wildlife like osprey, and bald eagles as they pass by.

Along with the view, participants will get to run across Shasta Dam, go through the old railroad tunnel, over the Diestelhorst and Ribbon Bridges, and finally onto the Sundial Bridge at the close of the route.

The run, a Boston Marathon qualifier, will cover the standard 26 miles, plus another 0.21 miles to the finish. However, the event can be run in legs with handoffs at specified points along the way. The first leg begins at the Shasta Dam Visitor’s Center Parking lot and ends at the Keswick Boat Ramp. The second leg starts at the Keswick Boat Ramp and ends at the South River Trailhead. The final leg is from South River Trailhead to Ribbon Bridge and Sundial Bridge. The 5K begins and finishes at the Sundial Bridge. The closing date to register will be January 15, at 12 noon.

The event will be held January 19, with the Marathon and the Relay Race starting at 8:00 am at the Shasta Dam Visitor’s Center, while the 5K begins at 9:00 am at the Sundial Bridge. Locals can be alerted to events like this with the help of poster printing services.