Legends of the Redwoods

Legends-Thumb8:00 AM Sunday 09 July 2017 @ Mendocino County Office of Education, Talmage (Ukiah)!!

Race Information

The next Legends of the Redwoods is fast approaching! Race day will be Sunday 09 July 2017 @ the MCOE in Talmage. Registration: will be online by February.


7:00 – 8:00 AM – Registration

8:00 AM Start of 5K and 10K Races.

9:00 AM – Awards presentation Begin for 5K


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.


CourseMap5K & 10K Course:

Start and Finish at 2240 Old River Road, Ukiah California (Mendocino County Office of Education). 300 meters along Old River Road, and then a right turn on a dirt road for about 1700 meters back onto paved road. After 500 meters or so of paved road, the 5K turns around and heads back, while the 10K continues along Ruddick Cunningham. From 2000 meters to the 10K turnaround is the same course as the original 1927 Legends of the Redwoods, and the same course as the re-born 10K in 2004.

5K Run/Walk Course


Would you like some positive publicity for your group or business? Would you like to be part of a new tradition in Ukiah? Contact us at info@striders.org about becoming our 2016 Legends of the Redwoods Partners.


The Legends of the Redwoods 10k and 5K in Ukiah, California started in 2004. From the first year it was held to celebrate another race that was held in 1927 and 1928. In 1927 the “Legends Marathon” was promoted to celebrate both the new highway (101) that stretched between the two towns of Grants Pass, Oregon and San Francisco, California, and the athletic exploits of Native Americans. It would be the marathon to end all marathons.

The promoters decided that the athletes would all be Native Americans since they were “a people who historically had integrated running into their culture.” Towns along the route chose runners to represent them. The first race began on June 14, 1927 and was scheduled to finish in 15 days. The winner (a Karuk native) finished in 7 days, 12 hours, and 34 minutes. The following year the race was repeated with Flying Cloud setting a new course record in 6 days and 11 hours (the minutes are unknown). The 1929 stock market crash crushed hopes of continuing the marathon, but the Legend lives on.

Prize money was offered at checkpoints along the race ($35-100 depending on the down) as well as a $1000 award to the overall winner.