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 third-annual trail run event is again a fundraiser for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. Proceeds will be go directly to trail construction and maintenance at the Horse Lake Reserve.
The Horse Lake event also is part of the four-event Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series put on by RunWenatchee. Other races in the series include the Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs (May 31, 2015) in the Wenatchee National Forest near Cashmere; the (untimed) Dark Side Festival Trail Runs (Sept. 26, 2015) at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort; and the Oktoberfest Pumpkin Trail Runs (Oct. 18, 2015) at Leavenworth.
Course description: Both the half marathon and the 5-mile run utilize the Homestead trail system and Old Wagon Road, which is nice graded single and double track. The half marathon course also incorporates the Apricot Crisp Trail System and old ranch roads to make a very challenging course! The start will be at the Horse Lake Reserve gate and finish will be at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead.
Start times: 9 a.m. for both runs.
Start lines: Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead, 3 miles northwest of Wenatchee at the end of Horse Lake Road, owned and managed by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.
Finish lines: Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead
Packet pickup: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015, at Pybus Public Market, 7 Worthen St., Wenatchee; and from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead.
Online registration: http://horselakehalf.eventbrite.com
In-person registration: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015, at Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St. in Wenatchee; and from 8 to 8:45 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Horse Lake Trailhead.
Parking and race shuttles: Parking is limited (approximately 80 spots) at the Horse Lake Reserve where the event will take place. So 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 morning, Saturday, May 9. The shuttles will load from 7:00 to 7:15 a.m. and leave from Wal-Mart at 7:30 am. We also are encouraging folks to car-pool to Horse Lake as well.
Essentials: We will have three 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 wildfowers, 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.
Runner premiums: Each participant will receive a unique finisher’s medal and a free yearly membership to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. Participants also can show their race bib number at Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery afterwards and receive 75 cents off beverages, including multiple beverages.
Post Race Food: There will be food and liquid refreshment available for all runners at the finish area.
Individual Awards: Top male and female finishers will receive awards. And each division winner will receive jam made from apricots harvested from old trees on the same Horse Lake property where the race takes place!
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