Horse Lake Half-Marathon and 5-Mile Trail Runs

The Horse Lake Half-Marathon and 5-Mile trail runs are held on the 1,700-acre Horse Lake Reserve, located in the Wenatchee Foothills near the city of Wenatchee and owned by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. The reserve is known for its wildflowers and other plant life and stunning views of the North Cascades and the Wenatchee River and Columbia River valleys.

This is the second-annual Horse Lake trail run. It will again serve as a fundraiser for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and the stewardship of this amazing place along the east slopes of the Cascades.

The Horse Lake Trail Runs are part of the three-event Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series, presented by Volyn Law of Wenatchee. The series is optional for runners who want to participate (In other words, you can do just one of the runs, such as this one, if you like!). The first event in the series is Horse Lake on May 10; followed by the Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs on June 8 in the Wenatchee National Forest south of Cashmere; and then the Bavarian Battle Trail Runs (10-mile and 8K) at Leavenworth on June 22. RunWenatchee, the organizer of the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series, is offering prize money. For more details: http://www.runwenatchee.com/wenatchee-valley-trail-run-series/

Description: For the first time, we are offering a half-marathon distance, along with a 5-mile run. Both runs are on single-track nicely-graded trails and dirt roads. The start and finish will be at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead, located at the end of Horse Lake Road.

Start times: 9 a.m. for both runs.

Start lines: Horse Lake Reserve, owned and managed by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, in the Wenatchee Foothills.

Finish lines: Horse Lake Reserve, Wenatchee Foothills

Packet pickup: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Pybus Public Market, 7 Worthen St., Wenatchee; and from 8 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., Saturday, May 10, at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead.

Online registration: https://horselakehalf.eventbrite.com

In-person registration: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Pybus Public Market, 7 Worthen St., Wenatchee; and from 8 to 8:55 a.m., Saturday, May 10, at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead.

Parking and race shuttles: Parking is limited (approximately 80 spots) at the Horse Lake Reserve where the event will take place. RunWenatchee has arranged for a shuttle service from the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2000 N. Wenatchee Ave, to the race site and then back afterwards on race day, Saturday, May 10. The shuttles will load from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. and leave from Wal-Mart at 8 a.m. sharp. We also are encouraging folks to car-pool to Horse Lake as well.

Essentials: We will have two fully staffed and supplied aid stations on the courses. Stations will have water, energy drink and gels. Runners are encouraged to bring hydration packs/water bottles and/or energy food to carry on this course as mid-May can be warm.

Trash: Leave no trace. Be kind to our beautiful and amazing Wenatchee Foothills environment and clean up after yourself. Please don’t abandon trash.

Views and features: The trail traverses ridges and vistas with views of the North Cascades, Wenatchee River Valley, Columbia River Valley and the Wenatchee area. Mid-May also is a good time for wildlfowers, including balsam root and lupine.

Course note: This trail is open to all users during the event, so if a runner encounters a mountain biker or a hiker, please give the other user the right of way.

Course map: Click here for the Half-Marathon Map. Click here for the 5-Mile Map.

Runner premiums: All finishers will receive a medal and a one-year membership to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, if they are not already a member. Participants also can pay extra for a limited-edition shirt while registering online.

Post race food: There will be food and liquid refreshment available for all runners at the finish area.

Individual Awards: Top three male and female finishers will receive an award.

E-mail: runwenatchee@gmail.com or stephenmaher67@yahoo.com