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58th Annual
Trinidad to Clam Beach Run 
Honoring Ford Hess
Saturday, Febuary 3rd,2024

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WHEN: Saturday, Febuary 3rd,2024

RACE: 5 3/4 mile (single race only this year)

START TIME: 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Saunder's Park, Trinidad 

COST: $60 includes a T-shirt with Pre- Reg

History of the Race

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The Trinidad to Clam Beach Run began as a winter training race back in 1966.  Organized by Ford Hess, the Humboldt State Track and Field Coach, designed to get  his runners in shape for the coming year. Over the years, it has evolved into a nationally known run, with a 3, 5 3/4, 8 3/4-mile events. Read more about Ford, the founder of our race here.

Features and Draw

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One unique feature of the run is crossing the mouth of the Little River at Moonstone Beach. Thus, the date and start time of the race are determined by the height of the tide on either the last weekend of January or the first weekend of February.


Once the runners have crossed the finish line at Clam Beach, they are rewarded with a huge bonfire, bowl of hot chili and entertainment in the form of the Marching Band, the Lumberjacks! 

Location and Travel


Trinidad is located 285 miles north of San Francisco in Humboldt County, the heart of the Redwood Coast. A former whaling village, Trinidad is the smallest incorporated city in California. Spectacular scenery abounds; from rugged coastline, to pristine beaches and giant redwoods. 

The Gateway

Trinidad is tucked into the heart of the Redwoods, so getting here is half the experience! 


Flying direct to Eureka-Arcata Airport (ACV) is the most efficient on time.  Other airports such as Medford, OR (MFR) with a 3.5 hour drive south are available as well.  Couple this with a road trip to Southern Oregon and you're in for a spectacular vacation. 

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