Horse Lake Half-Marathon, 12K and 5-Mile Trail Runs

The Horse Lake Half-Marathon, 12K 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 fourth-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 is part of the three-event Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series put on by RunWenatchee. Other races in the series include the Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs (May 22, 2016) in the Wenatchee National Forest near Cashmere; and the Oktoberfest Trail Runs (Oct. 15, 2016) at Leavenworth.

Course description: The trail runs utilize the Homestead trail system and Old Wagon Road, which are nicely 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 starts will be in the vicinity of the Horse Lake Reserve gate and the finishes will be at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead.

Course maps and elevation profiles: Click here for the Half-Marathon map. Click here for the 12K map. Click here for the 5-Mile Run map.

Start times: 8:30 a.m. for the half-marathon trail run; and 9 a.m. for the 12K and 5-mile trail 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: 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Pybus Public Market, 7 Worthen St., Wenatchee; and from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead.

Online registration:

In-person registration: 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Pybus Public Market, 7 Worthen St., Wenatchee; and from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016, 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. 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 Sunday morning, May 1. The shuttles will run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for the trip to the race and will then will return to the Wal-Mart parking lot as runners finish. We also are encouraging folks to car-pool to Horse Lake as well.

Essentials: We will have 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 spring 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. Springtime also is a great 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. Shirts can be purchased at additional cost when registering at Participants also can show their race bib number at Wenatchee Valley Brewing Co. at Pybus Public Market afterwards on Sunday and receive 25 percent off their entire individual bill (food and drinks included). Please join us as we celebrate a day well run!

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 in each race 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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