...trees grown from 500 seeds taken into orbit around the Moon by Stuart Roosa during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. As the Command Module Pilot on the Apollo 14 mission, and because he was a former smoke jumper, Roosa was contacted by Ed Cliff, who was the Chief of the Forest Service at the time, and who proposed the idea of taking the seeds along.
This year, the race will take place on Saturday, July 4th at 9 a.m. at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base. It runs in conjunction with a day of festivities, complete with breakfast, a POW ceremony, tours, and historical presentations. The course is not posted, but has historically been described as heading through some roads at Rough and Ready Creek State Park , before hitting some dense valley trails.