Scena Performance presents classic endurance races, ultramarathons, triathlons, community runs, and more. Our aim is to take you someplace new, present you with a unique challenge and celebrate you with fun, food, and friends.
In 2020, we’re going to be back in Calistoga for Napa Valley Endurance Run in April. In the Summer, we’ll have the fourth running of the Sonoma Women’s Tri. Then we’ll bring you home to the East Bay for Skyline Endurance Run. In 2020, the Mendocino Running Festival which has run in the Spring, will now also be in August, on the last weekend before Labor Day. In the Fall, we’ll be back with Dick Collins Firetrails, home of the Golden Hills Marathon, Firetrails 50mile and Bay Ridge 100k. For Thanksgiving, we’ll be back to Healdsburg for the Healdsburg Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, we’ll be BEAT!
In 2017, we created Scena Ambassadors. The aim was/is to identify people we think represent the best things about running. Our Ambassadors are charged to go out there and make our community more than the sum of its parts, which they were doing anyway. They have great stories, much bigger than just the running they do.
We proudly present our Scena Ambassadors for 2020:
As Tom Waits once said, “they all come from good families. But somewhere along the way, something happened that just ain’t right.”
Making a Difference
Our commitment to connecting you to the world through sport has another important dimension. Many of our events support at least one non-profit organization. Since 2017, Scena Performance generated over $100,000 for non-profit organizations, including Pacific Union College, the Leave A Mark Scholarship, The Drew Esquivel Scholarship, Learning is Open and the Sutter Institute for Health and Healing. And we’re just getting started.
The Christine Chapon Award
Each year in December, we present The Christine Chapon Award, otherwise known as The Frenchie. This award is meant to acknowledge athletes from our community who have distinguished themselves both through great running and through service to the broader community.
In 2020, we recognized Nancy Philippine for her work with Running for a Better Oakland.
The Stan Jensen Award
In 2017, we introduced the Stan Jensen Award, also known as the Legend. As with the Frenchie, the Legend is meant to recognize a long record of service to the ultrarunning community. Before there was Google, there was Stan with his Run100’s website, providing a concise record of an, at that time, obscure sport. Add to that Stan’s experience as a runner and relentless support of races as a volunteer, aid captain, lottery organizer, and you have an amazing record to stand on that others might not notice.
In 2020, we awarded the first Legend Award to Mike Palmer for his many years of welcoming and encouraging runners through his companionship and email list. Mike’s also a hell of a runner and has many 100’s (including 14 Western States finishes) to his credit.