Dunsmuir's River Run is back by popular demand

Skye Kinkade
In the 1980s and 1990s, Dunsmuir’s annual River Run was going strong, as you can see from the contributed photo above, circa 1995. After dying out for a couple of years, Siskiyou Runners has revived the tradition. This year’s Run will be held Saturday, June 11 during Railroad Days in downtown Dunsmuir.

For the first time in two years, Dunsmuir’s River Run will be back by popular demand this Saturday, June 11, during the Railroad Days celebration.

Race director Dusty Miller said he’s expecting 50 or more runners to participate in the event, including four year old Mount Shasta girl Jessa Walker, who will be running her first ever two-mile race.

Miller said the River Run started about 20 years ago, and went strong through the 1980s and ’90s, before fizzling out two years ago.

This year, Siskiyou Runners was contacted to revive the annual tradition, and Miller took over as director.

With his many connections to local runners and a mailing list of over 200, he was able to reach a large number of athletes and generate excitement for the event’s return.

Runners can participate in a five or two mile run on Saturday morning, Miller explained.

“We’ll have some pretty competitive runners, but I’m also encouraging walkers to participate who want to enjoy a two-mile scenic stroll,” he said.

Though little Jessa could participate in the walk, she is choosing to run.

“I wanna run like my mama,” Jessa said. “Running makes me feel healthy and bouncy.”

Jessa’s mother, Jenelle, recently ran the Mike Schweitzer Memorial Challenge half marathon while pushing Jessa and her year-old son, J.J. in a double stroller.

Last weekend, Jessa was participated in her first race, a 50 yard dash at the Happy Girls race in Bend, Ore.

“It was fun,” said Jessa, who added that she’s looking forward to running in the River Run along with her mom and grandmother Judy Crawford this weekend.

The course

The River Run course will be the same as it was in the past. A portion of the run follows the Sacramento River, and participants will pass by the Dunsmuir rail yards and through historic downtown. Castle Crags can be seen popping up over the ridge during some parts of the course.

Water will be available at aid stations along the route. Runners will encounter short hills on both the two mile and five mile courses.

Trophies will be presented to the top male and female runner in each race. Ribbons will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each 10-year age division.


Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the intersection of Dunsmuir Avenue and Pine Street. The cost is $20.

The River Run will begin at 8 a.m.

For more information, call Miller at (530) 926-3094 or You can also get more information about the River Run and the Railroad Days celebration online at

The course of this year's River Run will be the same as in years past.