Powder Puff game provides a night of fun and football
Lassen High School celebrated its homecoming last week and held its annual Powder Puff football game Wednesday, Oct. 9. Junior and sophomore girls were on one team and senior and freshman girls were on the other. Here, Mikayla Rawson runs the ball for the senior/freshman team. Photos by Maddie Musante
Kennedy Ford runs toward the end zone for the junior/sophomore team while Kelcie Mendonca attempts to grab one of Ford’s flags. The junior/sophomore team won the game.
Hundreds expected to race into Lassen County
Hundreds of runners from all over the world are expected to flock to Lassen County to participate in the Bizz Johnson Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13. The marathon is in its eighth year and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. File photo
Oct. 10 — It’s that time of the year again. Hundreds of people will flock to Lassen County on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 to be a part of the Bizz Johnson Marathon.
The famous race, now in its eighth year, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and draws runners from all over the world.
The Bizz Johnson Marathon course is best known for its smooth combination of road and trail racing, as well as its beautiful views of the Susan River Canyon and route through old train tunnels.
The race is organized by Coastal Trail Runs, a Bay Area based company that puts on races throughout California. Each year the company acquires permits from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for use of the trail, then rents the space at the historic railroad depot in Susanville, which is used to check in runners prior to the races.
Lassen Land and Trails Trust also holds its annual Rails to Trails Festival the same weekend each year.
“We coincide (with the marathon) and offer runners and their friends and families with something else to do while awaiting their runner … it’s a nice partnership,” Louise Jensen, Executive Director at Lassen Land and Trails Trust, said.
Several races will take place during the marathon weekend. However, the only race taking place on Saturday is the express half marathon, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Goumaz Trailhead and ends at Hobo Camp. The express half marathon course covers the second half of the full marathon.
On Sunday, the 50K race begins at 8 a.m. and the marathon, 10K and half marathon begin at 9 a.m. The 10K and half marathon start across the street from the historic railroad depot in Susanville. The marathon and 50K start near Westwood at the Mason Station trailhead. All races end at Hobo Camp.
The Rails to Trails Festival will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the historic railroad depot. Everyone, including marathon participants and spectators, can enjoy food, beverages, live music, children’s activities, handcar races, a chili cook-off and a salsa contest.
For more information on the Bizz Johnson Marathon, visit coastaltrailruns.com/bizz_johnson.html.
The hunt is on in Lassen County
Joe, left, and Justin Giusti, of Standish, show off the pheasant they got during a junior pheasant hunt in Lassen County. Photo submitted
Oct. 8 — Load your shotguns and charge your camera batteries. Hunting season is upon on us and, with the abundant hunting opportunities at the fingertips of the Lassen County residents, the Lassen County Times wants to see your photos.
Many premium deer zones are already open in Lassen County. Duck season is open and quail, chukar and pheasant will be opening in the coming weeks.
Lassen County is known as a hot spot for birds like chukar, pheasant, quail, ducks and geese because the high desert provides the perfect habitat for them. Hunters can also find some of the biggest and best mule deer and pronghorn right here in Lassen County.
Local hunters have the option of heading out on their own or utilizing the skills and expertise of a local guide service for their hunting excursions. Jim Brown and Howard Hanlon operate Hunting Buddies Hunting Co., a hunting club in Litchfield that provides hunting experiences and services to pheasant and chukar hunters, which will open about Nov. 1. This year the duo is planning to partner with a local duck club to put on at least one youth duck hunt on the Hunting Buddies’ 191 acres of land.
“I’m always excited about (hunting season). We have such a good time out at our club. We love to have people come out … we have a lot of fun,” Brown said.
The club is open to parties large or small and can take two groups out at once. To arrange a hunting excursion with Hunting Buddies, call Brown at 251-7623. He recommends people call three to four days prior to when they want to go hunting.
Local hunters can also head out on their own to enjoy some good hunting. Lassen County is home to several premium hunting zones, which are easily accessible to Lassen County residents who have been drawn for deer tags in those zones.
After a successful hunt, grab your camera and email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to have your photo in the Lassen County Times’ sports and recreation section.
For more information on hunting zones and regulations in Lassen County, visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/Hunting.
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