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Boontling Classic

5k Footrace – Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m.

The 2017 Boontling Classic (35 years!!) is on May 7th.  The race starts and finishes at the Anderson Valley Elementary School. There are plaques for the top three overall and ribbons for the top three in each division (for each gender). There will also be a drawing after the race.

Entry fees are $8.00 for everyone. Add $2 if you want a shirt or are registering the day of. Subtract $2 if you are a NCS member. Race day registration will begin at the Anderson Valley Elementary School at 8:30 am.

Willits Classic Race

The Willits Classic 10 mile run and 5K run/walk will be February 12, 2017


This race is sponsored by Howard Memorial Hospital and is put on to Benefits Willits High School Cross-Country and Track programs.

This perennially popular footrace starts 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.

Top three overall male/female for the two events will receive prizes. 1st in all age divisions receive medals. 2nd, 3rd in all age divisions receive ribbons.
The age groups are 9 & under, 10-13, 14-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

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

Event details and schedule
9:00 am Race day registration and bib pickup.
10:00 am Start of 10 mile.
10:30 am Start of 5K.

[Free Race] Dog Daze 10K

7:30 a.m., Date TBA @ 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.

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 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.