Join Lassen Land and Trails Trust at Susanville Ranch Park on May 13, 2023 as we showcase the region's premiere trail system with the 28th Annual Paiute Meadows Trail Run! The 4.5-mile course is the cornerstone of all race distances, while the 7th-year 50K and Half-Marathon (13.6 mi) and second-year 30K, deliver an experience to rival any course, anywhere. Exclusively on single-track trails, runners experience breathtaking views, fully-stocked Aid Stations, excellent race swag, and a first-class finish line party!
VIEW OF THE LOWER MEADOWS FROM THE HELIPAD
A big time race with a small town feel!
The Paiute Meadows Trail Run was born in 1995 as a collaborative effort of two friends and passionate Susanville Runners, Jim Reichle and Phil Nemir. Jim was a biology teacher and cross country coach at Lassen High School. Phil was a forester and conservationist who had been a successful collegiate boxer. During the summers of '93, '94 and '95, Jim supervised youth work crews through the Lassen County employment agency. They built all of the Susanville Ranch Park lower meadows trails and in 1995 Jim's high school cross country team built the trail up and over Coyote Bluff. It was at that time, Phil conceived of the idea for a run to benefit Lassen Land and Trails Trust. Originally run in the Fall as a Fall Colors run, the Paiute Meadows Trail Run included a kid's mile run, a (roughly) two-mile race, and a 4-ish mile race. In 1998, the race moved to the Spring, where it remains today.
In 2015, Linda Powell from the Bizz Running Company took over as Race Director. The "2-mile" event was dropped, but she decided to keep the original race distance (correctly measured at 4.5-miles) making it the cornerstone of all the distances. By adding the 50K and Half marathon distances, the race gained instant appeal to runners across the region.
Now with an active race committee and an incredible volunteer base in an extremely service-oriented community, the Paiute Meadows Trail Run has grown to regional acclaim and recognition.
our Race Committee
All of our heart and soul!
Our incredible race committee is dedicated to making the Paiute Meadows Trail Run the best race in the region. We know runners are looking for an experience, not "just another race." From coordinating trailwork, to course marking, to volunteers, to packet stuffing, to website updates, to porta-potties, to volunteers, to awards, to finish line party, and to everything else in between, we go over every little detail to make sure we create an unforgettable experience! Countless hours go into the planning process year-round!
2022-23 Race Committee Members include:
Linda Powell, Christi Whitcome, Paul Whitcome, Kay Runyan, Amy Holmen, and Michael Blaschak
Promoting stewardship and conservation of our natural lands!
The Paiute Meadows Trail Run is an event which directly supports Lassen Land and Trails Trust.
"Lassen Land and Trails Trust has been working for over a quarter century to conserve all that makes our region ‘home’ for our friends and neighbors, as well as wildlife. Lying at the convergence of the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Modoc Plateau and Great Basin, our northeastern California home offers a broad diversity of landscapes from alpine mountains and meadows to the sage-steppe of the high desert. We are dedicated to conserving these resources along with the character and heritage of our region as a legacy for our children and their children. If you call this region home, the Trust offers you opportunities to become actively involved in the conservation and stewardship of wildlife habitat, lakes, rivers and streams, working lands and recreational lands that make Lassen county 'home'. Whether you'd like to learn more or get your hands dirty....there's a way to get involved." Become a member today!
The Paiute Meadows Trail run is held on over 28 miles of trails in Susanville Ranch Park combines with approximately 10 miles of trail and logging roads belonging to Sierra Pacific Industries and BLM. Lassen County is home to many miles of incredible trails including the Bizz Johnson, Bald Mountain, Southside Trail, and the Wendel Line.
The Paiute Meadows Trail run is held each year in the Spring at the height of Lassen county's wildflower bloom. Keep your eyes open for beautiful patches of reds, oranges, yellows, whites, blues, pinks, and lavenders along the trails!
Wildflower collage. Photo credit: Lisa Urquizu
Run miles, earn points, win medals!
The Paiute Meadows Trail Run is EXCITED to continue our partnership with Series Runner!
Series Runner connects runners with great events. Runners get rewarded for accumulating miles. Runners simply register for their event, book their accommodations and start their challenge.
From within a partner race on the Series, runners can run locally or in another state to accumulate miles towards the new series challenge. Runners choose any event in any region to run physically or virtually, and all those miles add up towards the year end awards.
A NorCal running store with a small town connection!
We are PROUD to be a target race for Fleet Feet Chico's Spring Trail Training program. Co-owner, Paul Smith, is a Susanville native and past men's 50K champion. We appreciate owners Paul Smith, Kristina Smith, and Carol Esparza for their on-going support for our race!
Check out Fleet Feet's training programs with the link below!
Locally-owned and operated by a long-time supporter and former race director, Base Camp Coffee company is on site with drinks and pastries for purchase.
Our finish line party would not be complete without a FREE cold, locally-brewed beer!
From start to finish, from course marshalls to aid station hosts, our community members are passionate about our race.
We love your dog if it is friendly and leashed (per Lassen County ordinance) AND if you notify the race director in advance! You MUST clean up after your dog! Email the RD atbizzrunning firstname.lastname@example.org