U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 405
625 run in Bizz Johnson Marathon
Beautiful fall weather and ideal running conditions greeted 625 athletes who converged on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail in northeast California, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11, for the annual Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon.
The organizer, Coastal Trail Runs, said 360 runners participated in the full 26.2-mile marathon, while two half-marathon runs attracted 188 and 77 athletes, respectively. The full marathon follows the Bizz Johnson Trail from near the community of Westwood to Susanville, with the finish line at the BLM's Hobo Camp Day Use Area. The trail is managed by the Eagle Lake Field Office and the Lassen National Forest.
The marathon is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Organizers promote the course as fast and beautiful.
The Susanville community shows strong support for the event, with members of the local Rotary Club, Boy Scouts and amateur radio operators volunteering to staff aid stations along the course and provide other help. Area motels, stores and restaurants also benefit from the tourism influx.
- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District
|Last updated: 10-21-2009|