Fire and rain greet Oktoberfest trail runners


Written on Oct 16th, 2016 By
Category Events, News, Steve Maher's Blog, Trail Running

  By Steve Maher LEAVENWORTH — Participants in the Oktoberfest Trail Runs knew rain from a big Northwest storm would be a factor in Saturday’s 10-mile and 8-kilometer races. But little did the 10-milers know they’d be running alongside a prescribed burn in the hills above Leavenworth. “It was like Jurassic Park,” said trail…

Chelan brothers set to run entire length of Washington PCT

Cyrus Desmarais, left, his brother, Niles, center, and Barry Hodges, right, gather after the Red Devil 25K Trail Run in May. The Desmarais brother tied for first and Hodges took third in the May trail race south of Cashmere.

Written on Oct 13th, 2016 By
Category News, Steve Maher's Blog

By Steve Maher WENATCHEE — Last winter, when Niles and Cyrus Desmarais first started tossing around the idea of running the length of Washington’s Cascades, they pondered doing a high-mountain traverse from Canada to Oregon. But the more the twin brothers discussed it — the pros and cons, and the logistics of pulling off such…

River Run 10K titles go to valley runners

Shortly after the start, several eventual winners had already positioned themselves in front. From left, 5K women's winner Brooke Kingma (purple shorts, gray top); 5K men's winner Isaac Leavitt (bib No. 143, black shorts, white top); and 10K men's winner Jacob Smith (bib No. 285, black shorts, yellow top).

Written on Jul 4th, 2016 By
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    By Steve Maher WENATCHEE — A couple of Wenatchee Valley residents captured River Run on the Fourth 10K titles Monday along the Wenatchee waterfront, while Selah and Mill Creek runners took home the 5K crowns. In cooler-than-normal summer temperatures, Jacob Smith, a 22-year-old former Wenatchee High runner, won the men’s River Run 10K…

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A perfect match: Trail running and the Cascades’ east slopes

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Written on Apr 28th, 2016 By
Category News, Steve Maher's Blog, Trail Running

  By Steve Maher WENATCHEE — It’s easy to see why trail running has taken off along the east slopes of the Cascades in Chelan County. Get yourself running in the Wenatchee Foothills, or further west, say up Devil’s Gulch or in the Icicle, and you’ll likely travel through several microclimates that support their own…

Runners during the 2015 Horse Lake Trail Runs near the top of the Homestead Trail on the property.

RunWenatchee adds third distance to Horse Lake Trail Runs

Written on Mar 23rd, 2016 By
Category Events, Steve Maher's Blog, Trail Running

This 9-mile marker is one of two mile-markers that have been installed.

RunWenatchee receives grant for trail mile-markers

Written on Nov 21st, 2015 By
Category News, Steve Maher's Blog

These are the boots that Jeff Stilwell has been breaking in over the past few weeks in anticipation of his 750 mile walking journey to Yellowstone.

Walking 750 miles to fight war and disease

Written on Jun 19th, 2015 By
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