53rd Annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run - Honoring Ford Hess

The Trinidad to Clam Beach Run- Honoring Ford Hess, is sponsored by the Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce. 

Read More about Dr. Ford Hess, Founder of the Clam Beach Run: Read More 


On or before January 1, 2018
3mi, 5 3/4, 8 3/4 $35 per runner
(family rate - 4 or more $30 per participant) Mail in registration only 

January 2, 2018 - January 25, 2018
3mi, 5 3/4, 8 3/4 $40 per runner
(family rate - 4 or more $30 per participant) Mail in registration only 

Race Weekend Registration (January 26-27, 2018)
3mi, 5 3/4, 8 3/4 $45 per runner (no family rate)


Friday, January 26, 4pm - 7pm 
Location: Red Lion Hotel (1929 4th St Eureka)

Race Day - Saturday, January 27th, 10:30am - 1pm 
Location: Trinidad Town Hall (409 Trinity st, Trinidad) 
*Please note registration will close promptly so the race can begin on time.
3 mile and 8 3/4 mile race registration 10:30-11:45 AM 
5 3/4 mile rage registration: 10:30-1:00pm 

8 ¾ and 3 miles: 12:30 PM
5 ¾ miles: 1:30 PM

PM Low Tide: 2:29pm 
PM High Tide: 9:05pm 
Check out the tide chart here for Jan, 27 2018


Trinidad is located 285 miles north of San Francisco in Humboldt County, the heart of the Redwood Coast. A former whaling village, Trinidad is the smallest incorporated city in California. Spectacular scenery abounds; from rugged coastline, to pristine beaches and giant redwoods. Air transportation is available to Eureka - Arcata Airport by several major airlines.

The Trinidad to Clam Beach Run began as a winter training race for Humboldt State Track and Field runners. Over the years, it has evolved into a nationally known run, with a 3 mile and 5 ¾ mile run being added.


The unique feature of the run is crossing the mouth of the Little River at Moonstone Beach. Thus, the date and start time of the race are determined by the height of the tide on either the last Saturday of January or the first Saturday of February.

The course varies from paved, level road to slight hills to packed wet sand with a river crossing in between. The Little River crossing is done at low tide to minimize the water depth but depending on the amount of recent rainfall, the water depth can vary. Ropes across the river assist runners as well as Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers stationed at the river. (see website for more COURSE information)


Course elevation is sea level to approximately 200 feet above sea level. Weather can vary greatly, from warm sunshine to cool and foggy to rain. Temperatures are usually 50-60's. 



HOST HOTEL: Red Lion Hotel (1929 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501). Location of Race Packet Pickup on Friday, February 3rd. To make reservations CLICK HERE


LODGING: Nights spent in Trinidad will restore your spirit. To check out all the options available CLICK HERE



In consideration of the foregoing, I, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, successors and assigns, waive and release any and all rights, claims and courses of action I have or may have against EnMotive, Trinidad to Clam Beach, Running Away, LLC and its affiliates, their agents, employees, officers, directors, successors and assigns and any and all sponsors, their representatives and successors, that may arise as a result of my participation in the 2018 Trinidad to Clam Beach and any pre- and post- event activities. I attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for the completion of this event and my physical condition has been verified by a licensed medical doctor. Further, I hereby grant full permission to any and all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose including commercial advertising, without monetary payment to me.

I understand that no baby strollers, dogs, bicycles, or headsets are permitted in any of the races.