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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.

First Annual Parducci Crush Rush

The Thornhill Family will host the first annual Crush Rush 5K benefit run, at Parducci Wine Cellars on Sunday, October 12th.  The race will begin at 8:30 AM and the Thornhill’s and Parducci Wine Cellars invite runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages and abilities to tour the scenic 115-acre Parducci Home Ranch vineyard and winery following the race. The Parducci Crush Rush is a community fundraiser to benefit the Ukiah Unified School Gardens Program.  The North Coast Striders, a Mendocino County running club, is sponsoring the event.

“My family and I have been avid supporters of the Ukiah Unified School Gardens Program for years now,” said Tim Thornhill, Chief Operating Officer of Mendocino Wine Company, owners of Parducci Wine Cellars. “We’re thrilled that we could organize this benefit run in support of this worthy cause. We’re looking forward to cheering on all the runners in a few weeks.”

Pre-registration is open until Thursday, October 9th.  The race entry fee is $25 for adults and $15 for participants sixteen and under.  Entry includes a race t-shirt, brunch, and a complimentary wine tasting.

To register, please visit our registration page on Active.com or download our Flyer/Registration form.  Entrants should arrive at 7:30 AM on the race day to receive their racing bibs. Top finishers in five age divisions will win prizes including gift certificates to Ukiah businesses. Parducci Wine Cellars invites those who cannot participate in the Crush Rush to cheer on their friends and family, and attend the awards presentation at 10:00 AM on the Parducci Tasting Room Patio.

The race is 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles, and follows mostly dirt, and some paved roads.  The route brings runners through ripening Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet vineyards, two winery crush facilities, Parducci’s secluded Upper Home Ranch, and Parducci’s famed wetland wildlife preserve. The race is followed by a locally catered brunch with organic vegetables, and an awards presentation at 10:00 AM. About Parducci Wine CellarsParducci Wine Cellars is part of the Mendocino Wine Company, which is owned and operated by the Thornhill family and based in Ukiah, California. Formed in 2004, the Mendocino Wine Company owns and operates Parducci® Wine Cellars, Mendocino’s oldest winery, as well as Paul Dolan Vineyards™

Here are a couple of short and fun promo videos: Crush Rush Main Video and a short teaser video.


[Free Race] Dog Daze 10K

7:30 a.m., Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ Oak Manor Park

No excuses, no frills.
Accurate timing, common course, and race adrenaline.
Dogs on leash are welcome.
Start and finish at Oak Manor Park.

The course takes you past redwoods, vineyards and orchards. The course provides a challenging 250′, 1-mile climb; the rest is downhill or flat. Water will be provided in the park.

2014 Legends of the Redwoods (with entry form)

8:00 AM, July 26, 2014 @ Grace Hudson Museum

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Race day was on Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ Sun House Park surrounding the Grace Hudson Museum at 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, California.


7:00 – 8:00 AM – Registration

7:30 – 8:10 AM Shuttle Busses to the starts of the 5K and 10K events.

8:30 AM – Start of all races (run and walk).

10:15 AM – Awards presentation


This is a POINT-TO-POINT race. This means we will be using a shuttle bus system to get all racers to the start lines of their respective races. Please show up on time (preferably before 8 AM) to ensure you have a ride to the start and that the other athletes will not have to wait for others.


Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall winners in all three races, as well as the top three finishers in the following age divisions: under 10, 10-13, 14-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & above.


10K Course

The start line is near the Ruddick Cunningham and River Road intersection. Athletes will follow Ruddick Cunningham to Talmage Road and turn LEFT onto Talmage. They will continue to Babcock and turn RIGHT. Follow Babcock until it turns into Oak Manor Drive and follow into the pedestrian path through Oak Manor Park. Follow path using the pedestrian only bridge to cross 101, come out on Peach St, make LEFT on Leslie St, RIGHT on Gobbi, then RIGHT on Main, and RIGHT on CLAY for the finish.

5K Run/Walk Course

The 5K course is very similar to the 10K except that it begins in the near the intersection of Talmage and Ruddick Cunningham Road (on RCR) rather than at the end.

This is a fundraiser for the Ukiah High School track and field program and sponsored by Mendo-Lake Credit Union, MTA, Ukiah Valley Medical Center, and the Sun House.

Below is a copy of the entry form.

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Lake Mendocino

Third Annual Jesse Pittman Run/Walk

Lake Mendocino, Ukiah, Calif.
Ky-en Recreation Area, Lake Mendocino, Pomo ʻCʼ
1250 Marina Drive, Ukiah, Calif. (off Hwy 20)

Join us to honor Jesse and celebrate this year’s scholarship winner!

Enjoy the 3rd Annual Jesse Pittman Fund Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk around part of majestic Lake Mendocino. Honor Jesse’s sacrifice, support our local students and get some exercise too!
The Jesse Pittman Fund offers a college scholarship for Mendocino County high school students in honor of Jesse Pittman, who died serving in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. A college scholarship will be awarded to this year’s recipient. Come show your support and congratulate this rising star!
The course is half pavement and half dirt road. There are a few small hills. Strollers are welcome as long as they can handle dirt and gravel terrain. Runners and Walkers of all ages are welcome!
For more information, register online today, or to make a donation, go to:  jessepittmanfund.org

32nd Annual Boontling Classic

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

The 2014 Boontling Classic was on May 4th.  This year the event was be called The Bruce Hering  Boontling Classic to honor our long-time race director, and very good friend, who recently passed away. This was a terrific, memorable event again, so check the results page and
keep on running!

The race started and finished at Anderson Valley Elementary School. There was plaques for the top man and woman racers and ribbons for the top three in each division, as well as a drawing for prizes.

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.

Join the club

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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