We Are Back for 2021!
After canceling for Covid-19 in 2020, we are really looking forward to being together again. Watch this space as the planning unfolds but this event will definitely happen this year. We will be limiting the size of the registration to keep pace with what we think the health limitations will be in 2021.
Now about this AMAZING gathering of our tribe. Formerly known as the Ancient Redwood Running Festival, the Mendocino Running Festival reflects the glory of our new home, in Mendocino Woodlands State Park. Just outside of Mendocino proper, we continue the tradition of running through the gorgeous Mendocino forest. 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.
Courses – Go Short or Go Long!
The racecourse consists of a 6-mile loop that has about 850 feet of climbing. From Camp, you head out uphill on singletrack to the Summit Aid Station. This first section rolls through the hills and contains all the climb over about 2 miles. Then you head downhill on single-track with views of the valley and, in the near distance, Big River. At the bottom of the hill, you’ll cross the main road into the Marsh Creek watershed, where you’ll roll along fairly flat trails for 2 miles. The 10k and half-marathon follow this same course with brief out-and-backs at the start to make sure that the distance is right.
This Is Why It’s A FESTIVAL! (Camping)
Our new location is built for festivals such as ours. There are 20 tent cabins and a full family-camp style facility. All are welcome. As in the past, bring your family and friends non-runners and runners alike are welcome. You, your friends, and your family are guaranteed a great time and deeper connection to our running community. You can register for housing without signing up to run. Click on the Registration Button and look for the link under CAMPING at Ultrasignup.
There is also tent camping. At this time, tent camping isn’t open for registration. Tent camping will open on June 15. Camp assignments will be published on August 1. Reserve your spot early as they will fill up! For a more detailed description of Scena Camp and an outline of the layout, click here.
Due to Covid-19, we will know in early summer how close we can come to the party we’ve had in the past. Our hope is to continue the tradition of the one-of-a-kind post-run BBQ, beer, wine, campfire, and music from Voodoo Switch, the Scena house band.
If We Come, Will You Feed Us?
Yes, we will do our best! In our new location, Scena will be able to offer more complete food and snacks than we have been able to in the past. This means that there will be coffee, cereal, fruit, and some baked goods in the morning and snacks throughout the day. Registration for campers is meant to largely cover all your food during the stay and in the past, people have brought additional things to share, making this a running family camp.
As in the past, we will also serve two meals on Saturday, lunch, and dinner. For those who are just visiting during the day. 10k and half-marathon registrations include 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!