2024 Humboldt Bay Marathon Races

August 11, 2024 - Join us for the 9th Running

We are excited to announce that the 2024 Humboldt Bay Marathon has been selected as the RRCA California State Championship Marathon!

Humboldt Bay Marathon is a nonprofit affiliate of the Road Runners Club of America.  Our goals are to promote fitness, outdoor recreation and trails in Humboldt County. Whether you are striving for another personal record or just looking for a uniquely beautiful place to run, the Humboldt Bay Marathon, Half Marathon and BeerMile races are exactly what you're looking for!

About Us

  • For years, Humboldt runners have been running on the scenic roads and trails surrounding Humboldt Bay. Many of these runners have done a 20+ mile lap around Humboldt Bay as part of their training for marathon races.
  • In the summer of 2014, the thought occurred to us to organize a marathon that would circle Humboldt Bay. We are very excited to be turning this concept into reality!

Meet the Directors

Rich Baker

Rich Baker, Event Director

Rich came up with the idea for the Humboldt Bay Marathon in the summer of 2014 and has been the driving force behind the effort to turn this idea into reality. Rich has been an event organizer for 16 years and has directed international Scrabble(R) Tournaments in 20 different countries. Rich has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and has taught at Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods and Cal Poly State University. Rich is a recreational runner, still trying to break the 2 hour barrier for the half marathon.

Rich Baker

Terri Vroman Little, Assistant Director

Terri has had a love of the outdoors her entire life. She is a retired wilderness trail worker and passionate backpacker and hiker. For many summers, she taught Wilderness Ethics and Natural Resources classes to CCC trail crews in remote wilderness camps. Terri has been running in the greater Humboldt Bay area for over 30 years. While running cross country at College of the Redwoods, her true love of running was born. She has completed countless road races, including many half marathons and two full marathons. Her first marathon qualified her for Boston, and her second marathon in 2012 was The Big Boston! Terri has been coordinating a school running club since 2005. She is Race Director for the Fox Trot lap-a-thon and the Dunes 5K and 10K runs (Six Rivers Running Club circuit races). Terri is also an Elementary Montessori educator and school founder of Redwood Coast Montessori. She holds an MA Ed. from Humboldt State University as well as Montessori and public elementary credentials. Terri learned to play recreational soccer as a grown up and continues to coach children's soccer. She has also raised four wonderful children and has imbued each of them with a love of the outdoors.

Rich Baker

Trevor Carlson, Course Technical Director

Trevor is excited to be Course Technical Director for the Humboldt Bay Marathon! He started running in Portland, OR in 1994 before the age of GPS watches and Google Maps. In order to accurately record his training mileage, he mapped out the streets of Portland with his bike and bike computer. He enjoyed making new routes and taking the time to make sure his measurements were accurate. For an example of one of Trevor's road maps from his early days of running, click here. Trevor's current role for the Humboldt Bay Marathon has given him an opportunity to combine his knowledge from these experiences and a love of running around beautiful Humboldt Bay. Trevor's primary goal is to make sure this is a scenic, participant friendly course. Trevor holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Puget Sound. Trevor is a physical therapist at EPT Rehabilitation where he works with many runners. Trevor also writes running related articles and coaches runners through his website t-running.com.

How it was in 2023?

  • Photos by Yoon Kim click here
  • If you copy and use any of these images, please give credit to the photographers who generously gave their time and energy to make these available. 
  • Marathon Results are HERE
  • Half Marathon Results are HERE
  • Course map

    Сustom artwork on all of our medals and shirts

    We have commissioned local artist (and runner!) Sara Starr to do the artwork for our shirts and medals. Read more...

    “The art symbolizes several things I love about Humboldt Bay. I have run or biked many parts of this marathon route, including the windy road from Sunnybrae to Freshwater, the redwood forest paths and hills of Arcata Community Forest, the Samoa Bridge, and the streets of Old Town Eureka...”

    Artist's Statement

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