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

**Please note that online registration will close proptly at noon on Thursday, January 25th, 2018**

In-Person Late Registration / Packet Pick-Up: 
4pm - 7pm on Friday, January 26 at the Red Lion Hotel (1929 4th St Eureka) 

Race Day Registration: 10:30AM - 1:00PM, Saturday, January 27 at Trinidad Town Hall (409 Trinity St. Trinidad)

*Registration for the 3 mile and 8 3/4 mile races will close promptly at 11:45 AM so the race can begin on time. Registration will remain open until 1:00 for the 5 3/4 mile race ONLY.