Runners, spectators brave rain for 14th annual Redding Marathon

Jan 18, 2015 6:14 PM by Charlene Cheng

The rainy weather didn't dampen the spirits of the 225 participants running in this year's Redding Marathon.

"We've had snow, we've had wind and rain, we've had 70 degree weather," Assistant Race Director Tori Parks said.

On a last minute whim, Ryan Kaiser traveled down from Bend, Oregon, to take first place overall, crossing the finish line at two hours and 38 minutes.

The marathon course, known for its scenic beauty, took runners from the Shasta Dam all the way to the Sundial Bridge.

"What sets it apart is the venue. Starting at Shasta Dam, getting to run the entire race on a paved urban trail, away from traffic, away from city streets, with a view of the Sacramento River the whole time," Parks said.

Gete Robi grew up running in Ethiopia, but just started racing recently.

She finished in first place for the women's 5K.

"I like to run in Redding. It's a good place, it's nice air, and it's perfect for me," she said.

And for some of these runners, this is just a pit stop.

"My dad has been trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon for the last 30 years. He's done over 100 marathons and he just did it. So I needed to come out and try to get a Boston qualifier so I can run with him next year," Kaiser said.

You can visit this website for complete race results.


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