Ancient Redwood Running Festival

Registration is OPEN!

Hendy Woods, Philo, CA

May 18, 2019


Join Us In Mendocino!

Come visit the gorgeous Anderson Valley and run along rolling trails amongst cathedral-like groves of 1,200-year-old redwoods in Mendocino County’s hidden gem, Hendy Woods State Park. A full weekend of fun awaits runners of all distances, along with plenty of activities for the entire family. After your run, enjoy more incredible food and drink while meeting fun folks, soaking in the nearby river, listening to music, and sipping on local wine. We have many other surprise treats in store for this festive event. 

This Is Why It’s A FESTIVAL!

As in 2018, we will take up stakes in the Wildcat Campground. There are 45 campsites and 4 cabins that are ours for the weekend. Whether you’re staying in the family-friendly Scena Village or the more free-wheeling Rhino Town, you, your friends and your family are guaranteed a great time and deeper connection to our running community. Book a spot for up to 6 friends to camp and we will assign you to a site. Words cannot describe how fun this will be. Camp assignments will be published May 1. Reserve your spot early as they will fill up!

Courses – Go Short or Go Long! – 6hr Relay JUST ADDED

The race course consists of a 5-mile loop following nearly every trail in the park. Runners will be directed through both the Big and Little Hendy Groves of old growth redwoods and past the historic Hermit Huts before checking in at the Start/Finish aid station. Choose the 5 or 10 mile fun runs, or test yourself with our timed event format for 6 or 12 hours. No matter the distance you’ll be in for a treat, culminating in a one of a kind post run BBQ, beer, wine, campfire, and music from one of Scena Performance’s house bands.

If We Come, Will You Feed Us?

Yes, we will do our best! 5 and 10 mile registrations include post-race refreshments, including a light lunch. 6 and 12-hour registrations include a heavier dinner, in keeping with the ultra tradition. All runners will be welcome to drinks, including beer and wine. For those who have run and wish to eat dinner, or for anyone who happens to be visiting with you, Scena offers the chance to buy extra meal tickets. Those are available with registration and on race day. Watch this space for additions to the food and drink menu!

2018 Results!

Ancient Redwood 2018

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  • 5 Mile

    The 5-mile route will start and end out of the Azalea Loop Campground and skirt along the Navarro River via the Meadow Trail before entering the magnificent Big Hendy Grove for a dazzling tour of the Ancient Redwoods. After leaving Big Hendy Grove, runners will visit the one aid station on course before embarking on a journey past the Hermit Huts, and a roller coaster ride of short ups and downs on winding single track trail before crossing over into Little Hendy Grove. After visiting Little Hendy Grove, runners will finish with one last small climb into the campground and finish area.


    There will be one aid station at the intersection of the Fire Trail and Hermit Hut trail. The aid station will be well stocked with water, ice, sports drink, soda, fresh fruit, chips, candy, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other assorted goodies.
  • 10 Mile

    The 10-mile route will follow the 5-mile route with the added pleasure of getting to see it all twice by going out for a second lap. This stunning trail will offer something new to take in with each lap.


    There will be one aid station at the intersection of the Fire Trail and Hermit Hut Trails, as per the 5-mile course, with an additional aid station located near the start/ finish area. Each aid station will be well stocked with water, ice, sport drinks, sodas, fresh fruit, chips, candy, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other assorted goodies.
  • 6- and 12-Hour Timed Event

    Scena is excited to bring timed events to a landscape that already offers its own timeless feel. Runners will have their times recorded with each pass through the Start/Finish and will be ranked by number of laps completed in the assigned time period.


    Runners will be well supported with 2 aid stations for each 5-mile loop, with one located at the Fire Rd/Hermit Hut trail intersection and one at the Start/Finish area. Each aid station will be well stocked with water, ice, sports drink, soda, fresh fruit, chips, candy, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other assorted goodies.

Times, Getting here, Where to stay


6- and 12-hour races start 7am. All other races start at 9am


Hendy Woods is a little over 2 hours north of San Francisco, and is tucked in the Anderson Valley toward the coast in the town of Philo, off of Hwy 128. Follow this link for specific directions.


We will have a festive camping atmosphere with a number of campsites available for runners. We recommend booking them early as they will sell out. See our add-on options for more info.

For those of you who either miss out on a campsite, or desire a bed and roof over your head, you can find many options on the Anderson Valley Chamber of Commerce website or on VRBO.

Awards, Drop bags, Time limit


We will have awards for the top 3 overall male and female finishers in the 6 and 12-hour timed events.


Drop bags will be available at the Start/Finish area.


There is no time limit for the 5- and 10-mile events. Runners in the 6- and 12-hour timed event will be given credit for each lap completed within the allotted time frame. Runners coming in past the 6- and 12-hour cutoff will only be given credit for the laps done before the limit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a pre-race packet pickup?

Yes, runners can come check in at the Azalea Loop Campground on Friday evening from 7-9 pm to receive their bib numbers. Stick around for the campfire! Runner check-in will also be held from 5:30 to 9 on race morning.

I am new to trail running, will I get lost?

The trails are thoroughly marked with ribbons, and each turn will have multiple ribbons along with a sign pointing you in the direction of the turn. There will be no areas where you need to guess. We haven't lost anyone yet!

Are there finisher awards?

Yes, along with a hearty congratulations and race swag. There's also the award of having running a great race! We strive to emphasize the experience and devote energy toward the post-run food and beer extravaganza where you can connect with your fellow finishers.

Are there things for my family to do at this location?

Hendy Woods is a beautiful a park with lots of places for people of all ages to explore. In addition to hiking trails, the campground has a nice loop for bike riding, and the day use area has a nice picnic area with a short walk to the river. Additionally, the Anderson Valley boasts plenty of kid friendly activities, and is home to a plethora of award winning wineries. For a dramatic shift in scenery, the stunning Mendocino coastline is only a short drive away.

Can I hike the event?

Yes, we believe everyone should get a chance to experience these beautiful trails, regardless of pace.

Do you need volunteers?

Our races depend on the generous spirit of the running community to ensure every participant is well supported. Volunteers will receive a free entry to a future Scena Performance event. Please fill out the volunteer form for more information.

Ancient Redwood Running Festival