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Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino

Founded in November 1980, the North Coast Striders is an organization to meet like-minded individuals interested in walking and running for health and fitness. The club is a camaraderie of individuals and families who live mainly in Lake and Mendocino Counties of Northern California. We take pride in our North Coast heritage and the environment in which we live. Lake and Mendocino Counties offer some of the most beautiful and undisturbed scenery in all of California.

32nd Annual Boontling Classic

5k Footrace – Sunday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.

The 2014 Boontling Classic is only two months away, so it’s not too early to start planning and training to improve on last year’s time. This year, the May 4th event will be called The Bruce Hering  Boontling Classic to honor our long-time race director, and very good friend, who recently passed away. This will be a terrific, memorable event again, so mark your calendar and
keep on running!

The race starts and finishes at Anderson Valley Elementary School. There will be plaques for the top man and woman racers and ribbons to the top three in each division, as well as a drawing for prizes.

Entry Fee:

  • $8.00 ($2.00 discount for NCS members)
  • T-Shirt: $10.00
  • Late Reg. Fee: $10.00 


  • Pre-registration deadline is May 3rd.
  • Race day registration is 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Download the doc file to fill in your mail-in registration and read more information.

34th Willits Classic Race – Sunday Feb. 16

This year’s Willits Classic 10 mile Run and 5K run/walk event was held Sunday, Feb. 16.

This perennially popular footrace  started at 10 a.m. for the 10 milers and at 10:30 a.m. for the 5K run/walkers at Recreation Grove on East Commercial Street in Willits.

The Willits Classic awarded the top three male and female finishers overall with medals and recognized top three finishers in all age divisions with ribbons. The age groups were 9 & under, 10-13, 14-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.   See results page.

The 10-mile run circles the farming community of Willits’ Little Lake Valley, following beautiful rural roads .  With mostly flat terrain, it offered a fun, fast course.  The 5K course was a shorter version of the same.  Refreshments and hot drinks were served at the finish.

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This event was generously sponsored by Howard Memorial Hospital. Proceeds  benefited the Willits “Kids on the Run” program.

Founded in November 1980, the North Coast Striders is an organization to meet like-minded individuals interested in walking and running for health and fitness.

Questions? Call Gail Leland at (707) 485-7821.

Christmas Party & Election

Strider’s Christmas Party was on Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 pm. It was open to members, non-members, prospective members, friends, family, etc. We celebrated the holidays with a 5K prediction run with a grand prize awarded to the person who most closely predicted their time. The 2:30pm run was be followed by food!

We held a meeting and an election of directors (volunteers?) at 5:00 PM.

Questions? Robert 272-7388

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The Legends of the Redwoods 2012

Legends of the Redwoods

The Legend of the Redwoods Runs

The 9th Legends of the Redwoods Runs, sponsored by the North Coast Striders, was held under warm, sunny skies on Saturday, July 14th.  The Grace Hudson Museum provided the venue for staging the event.  Participants received a classic tee shirt (printing costs defrayed the Frank Howard Memorial Hospital) featuring a picture of the original Legends who ran from the Golden Gate Bridge to Grants Pass, Oregon.  Buses from the Mendocino Transit Authority provided free transportation to the starting lines on Ruddick Cummingham Road.  Racers returned to Ukiah through vineyards and orchards bordering the Russian River, through Oak Manor Park, over the 101, and, finally, following city streets and the railroad tracks back to the Grace Hudson Museum.  Ninety-one finishers completed either the 5K or 10K course.  In each race, the top 3 of each gender overall and in 9 age groups received attractive medals.   The overall 5K winners were: Chris Schallert, David Smith, Howie Hawkes, Raeann Davis, Gail Leland and Laurie Smith.  Overall 10K winners were Ken Schrock, Ann Thrupp, Ukiah Morrison, Sue Passalaqua, Tracy Salsedo, and Erica Lundequist.  Ages spanned from 5-year-old Jesse Myers to 86-year-old Vic Crosetti. Go to results of the race.