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Redding Marathon: 26.2 With A View

By | 12/30/2013

Boston by way of Redding may sound like a curious route, but if you're a west coast marathoner, it's a great course. The Redding Marathon is now a qualifying race for the famous Boston Marathon! The Redding race is put on by the SWEAT Running Club, which has been promoting health and fitness in the north state through running, walking, biking, and swimming since 1975. The club has hosted over 100 running events since its inception, ranging from 5K to 50K, and regularly hosts fun runs around the Redding area. The marathon, on January 19th, begins at the Shasta Dam, follows the Rail Trail and passes through railroad tunnel from 1923. After crossing Spring Creek Dam the course features rolling hills along the scenic Sacramento River before continuing past the Keswick Dam, Diestelhorst Bridge, and Ribbon Bridge. The finish line is the world-famous Sundial Bridge and will be stocked with cheering volunteers, food, and beverages.Free bus transportation will be available from the Sundial Bridge to the start of the Marathon beginning at 6:45am. If it sounds like fun, but maybe a little too much for your legs, consider making two friends and joining the relay portion of the race! There's also a 5K option, beginning and ending at the Sundial Bridge. Whether you are waiting for a friend or family member running the marathon or you're a local wanting to do a flat fast 5k, this is the perfect venue! 

The Redding Marathon has grown from 4,000 to 36,000 participants in just over 10 years and is proud to be a Boston Marathon qualifying race. Even if you only run when chased, consider coming out to the finish line on January 19 to join in the festivities!

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