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Kinetic Grand Championship

PosterHumboldt County is home to the Kinetic Grand Championship, a 3-day race along California’s Redwood Coast from Arcata to Ferndale. Racers compete for glory in a variety of people-powered kinetic contraptions, pedaling along roads, the beach… even through the Humboldt Bay! The Kinetic Grand Championship is held every year on Memorial Day Weekend. The Kinetic Grand Championship is a 3-day, 42-mile bicycle race over land, sand, mud and water. Many refer to the Kinetic Grand Championship as the “Triathlon of the Art World.”

Day 1 of the Kinetic Grand Championship at the noon whistle starts on the Arcata Plaza every Memorial Day weekend. The racers take off to the Manila dunes, where they race through miles of sand to the great and inevitable “Deadman’s Drop.” Then they adjourn to Eureka’s downtown gazebo. Day 2 of the Kinetic Grand Championship starts in Eureka at the waterfront on the Humboldt Bay, where brave Kinetic Pilots race their crafts through the water (most float). Then back on land where kinetic sculptures go up Hookton Hill, a 1 mile-7% incline and decline. Day 2 ends with a private campout for racers and volunteers only. Day 3 of the Kinetic grand Championship starts from the mouth of the Eel River, through Morgan slough and onto dry land. Racers cross the finish line on Ferndale’s historic Mainstreet, where racers park and head up to the Final Awards Dinner at Ferndale’s Fireman’s Hall.

Guests at the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 can conveniently attend any of the events as we are centrally located in the heart of Humboldt County. Kinetic Grand Championship racers as well attendees are welcome at the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301. Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 guests receive 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 racers and spectators wanting to catch that early morning event. Participants from all over stay at the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 and enjoy the most comfortable and luxurious accommodations in the area while they attend this inspiring event.

If you find time in between races of the Kinetic Grand Championship, enjoy the Redwood Coast!  The Carter House Inns is centrally located on the Redwood Coast in Historic Old Town Eureka, California (seven miles south of the Humboldt Film Festival). 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 to experience everything the Redwood Coast of Northern California has to offer.

Just a quick drive north you can 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.

Head south for a while and step back in time while you visit the Victorian Village of Ferndale. From there you can take a tour of the Lost Coast where the annual Tour of the Unknown Coast bike ride is held. Experience the serenity of King Range conservation area on your way through Northern California’s forgotten coast line.

Reserve your room today at the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 to have the ultimate experience at the Kinetic Grand Championship. For more information please visit