• Running-Half marathon - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-10K - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-5K - Individual Age group/open
  • Walking-5K - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-10K Youth - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-5K Youth - Individual Age group/open
  • Walking-5K Youth - Individual Age group/open
  • Kiddie Race - 1/2 Mile Dash - Individual Age group/open
  • Walking-5K Kids - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-5K Kids - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-10K Kids - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-Half marathon Kids - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-Half marathon Kids - Individual Age group/open



Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2017 Police Activities League Big River Run must be canceled. State Parks has closed the haul road due to repair work that will not be completed until December.  The decision to cancel the race was not taken lightly, and every option possible was discussed with State Parks to open the haul road by November 18th.  A new bridge will be in place by December that will resolve the only problematic area that we are aware of on the Big River Haul Road.  Due to overwhelming feedback from previous years runners, it is now our plan to schedule the Annual Big River Run during the last Saturday in August. Please mark August 25th on your calendars for the 2018 Police Activities Big River Run.  We will be working to quickly refund entry fees to all of our runners. 

We appreciate your support and understanding.  We will do our best to make the 2018 Big River Run the best race you will attend! 

To give you a better understanding of our situation, please see the attached photograph from the run location.


Join us for the third annual PAL Big River Run and Walk in memory of Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino. 

The Big River 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K consist of a run along the scenic old logging haul road past groves of second-growth redwoods into the heart of the historic Big River Estuary.  The flat and wide course meanders along the northern bank of Big River where runners will race out and back, retracing their steps at the turnaround points located 1.55, 3.1, and 6.55 miles out. The road is approximately 15 feet wide and maintained; it is commonly used by runners and bikers.

State-of-the-art chipped timing is provided by Synergy Race Timing, a California professional chip timing and disposable tag race timing company.

We are adding Age-Graded Timing results to our race. Age grading is a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. The results will enable you compare your race times to older and younger runners, as well as those of the opposite sex.

Event details and schedule

Day-of-Race Registration 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Day-of-Race Packet pick-up 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Kiddie Race start 8:00 a.m.
1/2 Marathon start 8:30 a.m.
10K start 8:45 a.m.
5K Run & Walk start 9:00 a.m.


Water & Aid

Water will be provided at the Start/Finish and at stations every 1.5 miles as follows:

  • Start Zone near Kiosk (water)
  • Station 1 at 5K Turnaround (water)
  • Station 2 at 10K Turnaround (water & gel)
  • Station 3 at mile 4.6 (water & sports drink)
  • Station 4 at Marathon Turnaround (water & gel)

Parking will be in Big River Beach lot; Overflow parking available at Brewery Gulch field, with bus transportaion to event. 

Please no strollers or dogs on the course. 

Organised by

Mendocino Coast Police Activities League

700 S Franklin Street, Rm 110, Fort Bragg

Phone: 7079646308

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