Providing you with the best possible race means keeping cars off of the road. The roads are not closed for this event, and although there will be some traffic from locals, most traffic will come from participants and spectators (only 130 residents live along the course route). These are the Running with the Bears Marathon, Half, and 10K start times:
Marathon: 6:30am Half Marathon: 7:15am 10K: 8:00am
When driving in front of the start/finish line please drive no faster than 5mph at all times throughout the day. Overall, we ask that no cars leave the start line between 7:45am-10am therefore if you are being dropped off (and your ride wants to leave) PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!
Parking is free, spectating is free.
Your supporters can join you later on bicycle, and they may set up along the course wherever they like. Welcome to Plumas County!! That said, we do have some guidelines for the safety and enjoyment of other participants. Read on….
Marathon Runners/Spectators: Your cars will be parked the longest. As soon as you drop the runners off at the start/finish line, please proceed to parking immediately. Unless you want to proceed to a spectator location– but this must be done right away. Once you park your car in the pasture across from the start/finish line it will not be allowed to leave until 10am. At 10am you may leave parking, but will exit and turn left on North Arm Road. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Lights Creek Road which merges into Mtn. Diamond Road (See map on back). Then proceed to where you are going. (This will not be the way you came to the race). If there is an emergency, of course you will be allowed to leave. Good spectator locations: The corner of North Valley Rd and Arlington Rd (i.e. the Taylorsville campground). Shady, next to a river, and they’ll get to see you twice!
Half Marathon Runners/Spectators. Even though your race doesn’t start till 7:15am, please arrive before 6:30am if possible. The marathon starts at 6:30am and the marathon runners will be on the road. Once you have parked in the cow pasture across from the start/finish line your car must remain there until 10am (or if you are being dropped off, your ride will need to leave before 6am). At 10am your car may leave parking, but will exit and turn left on North Arm Road. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Lights Creek Road which merges into Mtn. Diamond Road (See map on back). Then proceed to where you are going. (This will not be the way you came to the race). If there is an emergency, of course you will be allowed to leave. Good Spectator Location: The corner of North Valley Rd and Diamond Mountain Rd. Port-a-Potty, Aid Station, and a great view. This is about mile 7 of the course, and you may want to bring your own shade. A brochure in your goody bag has more options.
10K Runners/Spectators: Please have your cars parked by 7:30am. If you are being dropped off and your ride wants to leave, please do so before 6am. The Marathon runners will be on the course between Arlington and North Valley Road from about 6:45am and Half Marathon runners from about 7:30am, therefore you will be passing runners. PLEASE DRIVE SLOW AND CAUTIOUSLY! Good Spectator Location: The start/finish line is really the best. Along the course, there are plenty of good pull-outs. However, please know that there is lots of shade, activities, and entertainment at the start/finish line so that is really the best spectator seating there is. We won’t even charge for it!
BIKE RULES: For those of you who would like a support person to join you on their bicycle, please know that bikes will not be allowed on the course until after 8:30am and there are no bikes allowed on the 10K course, period. Bikes are only allowed to ride out for support for the full marathon and ½ marathon runners, and they are only allowed on North Valley Road, North Arm Road, and Genesee Road.
Thank you for your support and understanding, we’ll see you on race day!!