The 17th annual 200-mile Klamath Salmon Run, from the mouth of the Klamath River at Klamath, California to Iron Gate Dam near Yreka, California, will be run Friday and Saturday, according to a news release.
Participating in the holiday weekend relay run will be youth and mentors from Klamath Basin tribes and supportive members of the community of all ages.
The event begins at sunrise Friday with a brief ceremony at Requa, the mouth of the Klamath River. From there, Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa tribal and non-tribal community members will run to where the Klamath dams block salmon spawning habitat. Hoopa Tribal members and students will run up the Trinity River ending at Trinity Valley Elementary School. Runners will be accompanied by a lead car towing traditional redwood dug-out canoes and drummers. Elementary school students will join the run and parade through the town of Orleans, California, Friday afternoon. Participants will have a celebratory dinner and spend the night at the Karuk Tribe’s gym in Happy Camp, California before continuing Saturday morning toward Iron Gate Dam.