Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.5
The Bizz Johnson Trail begins at Mason Station and travels through scenic Lassen National Forest. The first few miles of the course climb 280 feet through the forest to Westwood Junction, then it’s downhill to the finish at Susanville, with a 1300-foot descent over the final 20 miles. The trail … MORE
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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race really exceeded my expectations. There was a farmer's market and chili cookoff at the packet pickup, which created a festive atmosphere. The shuttle bus pickup went off without … MORE

    This race really exceeded my expectations. There was a farmer’s market and chili cookoff at the packet pickup, which created a festive atmosphere. The shuttle bus pickup went off without a hitch, but it was below freezing at the start which was at an altitude above 5,000 feet. My breathing was rather heavy right off the bat, but settled down after a couple of miles. It didn’t seem like I was running very fast at first, but in hindsight I should have started out a little slower or taken more frequent walk breaks from the start. The first half of the course was through mainly pine forest, but the vegetation an terrain got better the closer we got to the Susan River. The day before, I saw Scrub Jays, White-crowned Sparrows, Steller’s Jays, and some smaller birds that I couldn’t identify with certainty, but may have been Dark-eyed Juncos. Most of the finishing times were faster than the average trail run, so this would be a good race for a beginner or for someone wanting to PR. There was a good selection of food and drink at the finish, and the 50K finishers were given a ceramic drink coaster and a medal.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    M_Sohaskey Oct 17, 2019 at 7:53pm

    Wow, below freezing at the start... in mid-October! Reminds me of running Des Moines in tights last year. And I love the fact you have such an eye for birds...… MORE

    Wow, below freezing at the start... in mid-October! Reminds me of running Des Moines in tights last year. And I love the fact you have such an eye for birds... the more I run, the the more I've learned to look up and appreciate the world above eye level, and especially out on the trails. Congrats on conquering yet another 50K Tim, and thanks for another excellent review! LESS

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    bioprofsd Oct 18, 2019 at 6:35am

    Thanks for your kind comments.

    Thanks for your kind comments.

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    Kimbertson REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This is a really well done event for a small-town race, with an ideal course surface (slight downhill on fine gravel, on an old converted railroad track trail) through the … MORE

    This is a really well done event for a small-town race, with an ideal course surface (slight downhill on fine gravel, on an old converted railroad track trail) through the foothills of Lassen National Park. They have several events to choose from: I ran the half marathon on Saturday (as opposed to the out and back option on Sunday), and I was really happy with that choice, since the first 6 miles are especially beautiful. It is a small race, which can either be awesome or boring, depending on what you’re looking for – but the natural beauty and fresh mountain air (it is at elevation) makes it super enjoyable. The weather was perfect both years I ran it (2014 and 15) – would do it again if scheduling allows! The slight downhill cancels out the elevation as far as impact on pace (in my experience), and the grade is very slight so you won’t destroy your quads – though I can’t speak to the first 13 miles of the full marathon. They do a great job at the finish line with post-run snacks too, especially for a small event – M & Ms, oranges, hot soup / chili, and a free Sierra Nevada beer. The shirts are all right, and the medal is lacking, but those should not be the reasons you choose this race anyhow! If you’re looking for a beautiful, mellow fall race on a great surface, this is a good choice.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    PeteSinCA Apr 28, 2018 at 11:27am

    Most of Coastal's races are in the SF Bay Area. They do small-medium races very well in really beautiful parks/trails. Their current medals are a bit nicer, though still lacking… MORE

    Most of Coastal's races are in the SF Bay Area. They do small-medium races very well in really beautiful parks/trails. Their current medals are a bit nicer, though still lacking the race date (the ribbon has the year). Being smaller, the pre- and post-race atmosphere is a lot friendlier and more easy going than is possible in large races. LESS

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