Sunday, October 4, 2015 • Redding, CA • Course Map
With a course that takes runners over three of this Northern California city’s signature bridges — including Ribbon Bridge, Diestelhorst Bridge and the Sundial Bridge — the aptly named Three Bridges Half Marathon is part of the local Redding Lions Club’s annual Turtle Bay Run road race event.
The race also includes a 10K race and a 2-mile run/walk for everyone from adults to children as young as age five. Mostly fast and flat, the race takes runners closely along the shoreline of the Sacramento River, which runs through the center of the city.
New starting line in 2015. All three races are set to start this year at the Riverfront Amphitheater north of the Redding Civic Auditorium, which lies near Turtle Bay Exploration Park, an ecological park that also includes the nearby McConnell Arboretum which runners trek through after running across the Sundial Bridge, which is also part of the park.
The out-and-back loop course for the half marathon starts at the visitors center and takes runners first around the visitors center, and then across the bridge and around the arboretum before turning onto the trail that runs along the river.
The race then follows the winding trail along the river and through Lake Redding Park, where it turns to the left (south) on Benton Drive/North Court Street for the bridge crossing over the Diestelhorst Bridge, over the southern bank of the river.
Here, the race route joins up with Middle Creek Road for a long straightaway, curving along with the path of the river and joining up with the trail that leads the field up to the Ribbon Bridge, the third and final bridge crossing of the race.
After they cross the Ribbon Bridge, runners then follow the trail along the river all the way back to the starting line, where they cross the Sundial Bridge again on the way to the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among Northern California’s Great Central Valley and located just over 160 miles north of Sacramento, Redding typically sees October temperatures that average between 48°F and 78°F, while rainfall totals average just under 2.2 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 4), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 84°F.
- 2014 Lions Turtle Bay Run Three Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Lions Turtle Bay Run Three Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Lions Turtle Bay Run Three Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Lions Turtle Bay Run Three Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Lions Turtle Bay Run Three Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:45 AM – 10K
- 9:00 AM – 2-mile
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Redding’s Lions Turtle Bay Three Bridges Half Marathon, 10K or 2-mile race, visit the event website here.
Official Race Website
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