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Avenue of the Giants Marathon

Avenue of the GiantsThe Avenue of the Giants Marathon has been a marathon runner’s gem on the Redwood Coast for over 42 years. Runners from all over the country gather on the first Sunday of May every year to run one of the most beautiful Marathon, half-marathon, and 10k in the world! Surrounded by giant redwoods, runners at the Avenue of the Giants Marathon enjoy the freshest air and one-of-a-kind scenery.

Early in 1972 the running scene in Humboldt County was just starting to boom. Humboldt State University recruited a number of outstanding runners, some of national class in caliber. The Six Rivers Running Club had recently commenced and was creating a series of races for its members. A number of local runners were seeking a marathon that would qualify them for the 1972 U S Olympic Trials and others were simply looking for a local marathon. Thus in early May of 1972 the Avenue of the Giants Marathon was born. The Club decided that the Avenue of the Giants area in Humboldt Redwoods State Park would be an ideal site for a marathon. The area was relatively flat, with a few interesting hills; the scenery was unsurpassable; and traffic control would be no problem. And so…. the Avenue of the Giants Marathon was born.

As noted by Runner’s World Magazine, The Avenue of the Giants Marathon is one of the most scenic courses in the country. Staged on “The Avenue of the Giants” in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, located in rural Northern California, the paved course winds through giant old growth redwoods and follows the gorgeous Eel River. It’s perfect choice for a getaway run. 

Avenue of the Giants Marathon runners are welcome at the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301. At the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 guests receive a complimentary glass of wine with hors d’ oeuvres every evening from 4-5pm, cookies and tea before bedtime, and a full breakfast with sumptuous pastries, signature Carter House Inns granola, fresh fruit and a wonderful egg dish of the chef’s choice. They will also accommodate any special diets and early breakfast requests for all Avenue of the Giants Marathon guests.

Make an Avenue of the Giants Marathon weekend getaway out of it and enjoy the Redwood Coast!  The Carter House Inns is centrally located on the Redwood Coast in Historic Old Town Eureka, California.  Here you can enjoy shopping, dining, museums, historical monuments, artisan shops, or the Humboldt Bay while taking a stroll on the boardwalk.  It’s the perfect home base for the Avenue of the Giants Marathon, and perfect spot to experience everything the Redwood Coast of Northern California has to offer.

The Avenue of the Giants Marathon is breathtakingly beautiful. However, just a quick drive north you can also enjoy breathtaking views of the rugged beaches in Trinidad.  Head further north to the Redwood National Park and experience the inspiring power of the ancient and majestic Redwood Forest. Take a drive on the Newton B Drury Parkway through the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and view some elk on your way being mystified by beautiful Fern Canyon.

Reserve your room today at the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 to have the ultimate Avenue of the Giants Marathon experience! For registration, entry forms and more information on the Avenue of the Giants Marathon contact theave@theave.org visit www.theave.org.