Saturday, Sep 10, 2022

Mendocino Running Festival

39350 Little Lake Rd

Mendocino, CA Non running guest, 1/2 Marathon, 12hrs, 10K, 6hrs, 6hrs Relay

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 10, 2022


7/13/2024 We have some great new apparel and swag in the Mendocino Running Festival's store...all perfect for the incredible weekend we will have in the ancient redwoods! Check it out here:

6/17/2024 Please help us welcome Earl Hooks of Black Urban Barn in San Jose to the Mendo team! He will be leading the incredible yoga sessions throughout the race weekend. Bring your yoga mat. See you there!
5/20/2024 We are selling out of camping quickly! Register today to secure your spot in this EPIC event and your Ancient Redwoods escape weekend. Can't wait to see you all:)
3/20/2024 Bootleg Rose has confirmed they will be back this Fall to perform Live on Festival Weekend! Music in the Redwoods..Wahoo!
2/24 Registration for the Mendocino Running Festival will open on February 24th,2024. Can't wait to see you all there!

Join Us In Mendocino!

Come join us off the Mendocino Coast in Mendocino Woodlands Park, a National Historic Landmark. Experience breathtaking views from the race course trails nestled in this serene Ancient Redwood Forest of Mendocino. The camp is private group camping only, providing a unique and secluded venue for this race and festival. Disconnect to Reconnect!

This is an entire weekend festival devoted to the ultimate outdoor experience!

As in the past, we're running a looped course through the stunning ancient redwood wilderness and across log bridge crossings over murmuring streams. The festival has many exciting things to offer that brings the best of the running community together! Our Camp is just outside the town of Mendocino, so families/friends who aren't running have access to all that lovely community has to offer.

(Note for dog owners: Mendocino Woodlands State Park has a strict no-dog policy. The only exception is for ADA-compliant guide dogs. Licensed service dogs are permitted with advance notice and written approval is required from the Woodlands Camp Association that a service dog will be present in camp and the service dog is licensed. You can contact the Association at or call 707-937-5755).

Courses and Races

The race course consists of a 6 mile loop from the Big River valley, to the top valley's edge. The loop is mostly single track trail and has 875 feet of climb. We offer 2 aid stations that will not disappoint. We are here to spoil you! You can choose from the two timed formats (6- and 12-hour) or the two distances, 10k and half-marathon. No matter the distance you'll be in for a treat.


Day Racers

Come for the Day: If you sign up to race, you can come and run, then stay for the afternoon! Your race registration includes a hearty post race lunch and refreshments. If you bring family members and want to purchase lunch for them, buy an extra lunch meal ticket. If they want to come and horse around, that's great too!

Festival/Race Accommodations-How the Camping Works

Mendocino Running Festival occupies an entire private camp inside of Mendocino Woodlands Park.

Your weekend Running Festival Accommodation/Camping $Fee includes:
*your choice of camping options for two nights
*parking for your 1 vehicle
*free access to hot shower/wash houses
*The Commons and Camp amenities
*complimentary Yoga sessions throughout the weekend
*Dino Dash & Race the Rex (Beer Mile!) events
*Awesome Live Music evening concert
*and our signature Smores and More by the Fire Pit!
Weekend Food Passes that include all weekend food/refreshments are sold separately for $50pp. See more below.

Here are the 3 weekend camping options:

1. Come And Camp In Style: There are 21 tent cabins available, each with a wooden floor and canvas tent over a wooden frame with four cots and mattresses in each. Enough for 4 people. No tent required. Easy peasy! These are private & tucked up into the peaceful Ancient Redwoods with easy access to the hot water shower/wash houses, VIP parking and logo’d Welcome gift included! Up to 2 vehicles permitted per tent cabin.

2. Campers and Tow behinds: Bring your home away from home with you! We have very limited space available in a beautiful wooded space for these and includes space for you to stretch out. (NOTE: there are no electrical hookups or latrine clean outs.) Like the tent Cabins, you have easy access to the hot shower/wash houses and all the other amenities.

3. Come And Stay in your Tent, Car, or Truck. Sleep under the stars! Situated near the small creek running through the camp,if you want to pitch your tent, there are places that we mark off for this purpose. Like everything else, you share in the Commons' facilities. Each spot is for up to 4 people, 1 tent, 1 vehicle maximum.

Camp assignments will be published around Labor Day…

Send us an email if you have questions.

How the Food Works

Mendocino Running Festival is set up in a family camp format, with a very large kitchen and the eating area we refer to as The Commons. You can expect beautiful, fresh and thoughtfully inspired (Vegan options offered) meals and snacks.

Living the camp culinary experience…
If you're coming to camp, race and join us for the festival weekend, you will need to purchase a Weekend Food Pass. Here's what to expect. It starts with a complete traditional Pre-race Pasta Dinner Friday night and we take it up from there. We serve coffee/tea, cereals, fruit, bagels and yogurt in the mornings, and on race day, we serve a hefty lunch and fantastic dinner. Snacks throughout the day, Local wine and beer are on tap. Be sure to stick around Saturday night for our famous Smores and More at the Fire Pit! Sunday morning, there's breakfast again. If you are bringing friends who aren't running, they will need to purchase a Weekend Food Pass as well. You will need your Food Pass bracelet to access all the fabulous goodies we have in store for you!

For Race Day only registered runners… we include one hearty meal (lunch), snacks and refreshments in your registration. Your race bib is your ticket for lunch, hold on to it! So, if you're coming for the race, you're covered for post race refueling! Stay and enjoy the afternoon with us… (If you are bringing non runners with you, you have the option to buy them lunch at checkout.)

It doesn’t take much to figure out where you land in all this. But if it does, by all means, email us!

Refund and Other Policies

We have a no-refund policy. Outside of 30 days, you can defer to a future year. It's easy to do and UltraSignup handles it all. Within 30-days, there are no deferrals. No exceptions.

Event's current local time: 12:44 AM PT


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