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From the Archives: 2004 Bizz Johnson Marathon!

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"OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA"A SusanvilleStuff Photofeature
by Marshel and Jeremy Couso

It’s hard to believe an entire decade has come and gone since the first Bizz Johnson Marathon was held, but this year the run celebrates 10 years on what has been called one of the most picturesque and enjoyable courses in the country. The marathon, which is a Boston Marathon qualifier, has drawn thousands of runners from around the world and is regularly featured in running publications.

It was a cold October morning in the forest when runners got off the school bus shuttle at Mason Station to start the race. Visitors and Lassen County residents warmed up, stretched cold muscles and took off for Hobo Camp, 26 miles down the Bizz Johnson Trail.

Over the course of a decade the marathon has looked a little different in places; the race has been detoured by a forest fire that destroyed the railroad trestle at Devil’s Corral and for several years runners were steered around the railroad tunnels on the Bizz. The finish line has been at Hobo Camp along the Susan River west of town since the beginning.

So let’s rewind ten years and replay our SusanvilleStuff gallery from the 2004 Bizz Johnson Marathon. There are a lot more pictures over in our SusanvilleSnapshots gallery. Click here to see them all!

There are a lot more pictures over in our SusanvilleSnapshots gallery. Click here to see them all!

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