Avenue of The Giants Marathon & Daffodils by the River Flower Show

yellow daffodilsJust as the winter of 2020 is fading from view, March is upon us, signaling the advent of spring. One of the sure signs of spring is the lovely daffodil, and Northern California celebrates this time-honored flower with its very own “mini-festival”, the Daffodils By The River Flower Show in Fortuna. Held over two days, Saturday, March 28 from 1-5pm and Sunday, March 29 from 10am-4pm at the Fortuna River Lodge Conference Center. Hosted by the Fortuna Garden Club, this very popular flower show has free admission and something for everyone who enjoys the beauty of daffodils. Come for the flowers, live music, art exhibit, children activities and even the opportunity to take home your own potted daffodils.

If you are a running aficionado or just a fan, you need to prepare for one of the premier running events in California! The Avenue of The Giants Marathon will be held Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Weott, CA. The event features a Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K run. This year’s marathon will also serve as the Western Regional Championship race of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). As noted by Runner’s World Magazine, “The Avenue of the Giants Marathon is one of the most scenic courses in the country.” The race takes place on “The Avenue of the Giants” in Humboldt Redwoods State Park with giant “old growth” redwoods as spectators, and follows both Bull Creek and the Eel River in opposite directions.

Colorfully dressed runners racing down Avenue of the Giants under canopy of towering redwood trees with brown trunks and green foliageFounded in 1972, The Avenue of The Giants Marathon came into being primarily because a group of local runners needed a marathon to run in order to have a chance at qualifying for the 1972 US Olympic Trials. Thirty-two brave “guinea pigs” signed up as the very first participants. Since that inauspicious beginning, the marathon has grown exponentially, and is now a major event certified and sanctioned by USATF (United States of America Track & Field), and is also a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. The marathon has been hosted by the Six Rivers Running Club (SRRC), centered in Humboldt County.

For complete race information, time, location, prizes and to register, please click here.

In addition to the above events, The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel features local event information on our hotel website.

Whether your interests lie in daffodils or marathons, The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel is conveniently located near both! Staying at The Redwood, our guests also are steps away from Fortuna’s Riverwalk, California’s Lost Coast, Old Town Eureka, great beaches, and hiking trails. Please call our independent hotel on California’s Redwood Coast at 707-725-5500 to make your reservation, or go online to reserve your stay. We look forward to your stay!

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