Oktoberfest Trail Runs
The Oktoberfest Trail Runs (10-mile and 5-Mile, plus a kids race) are held on Wenatchee National Forest lands near Leavenworth, with the start and finish occurring at the Leavenworth Ski Hill facility, located two miles north of the town of Leavenworth. During the winter months, the Ski Hill attracts cross-country skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts. In the spring, summer and fall, these trails become the epicenter for trail running in the Leavenworth area, with rolling terrain, beautiful views of the rugged peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the Icicle Creek area.
This event is held during the third and final weekend of Leavenworth’s famous Oktoberfest celebration.
This event also serves as a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, which operates the Ski Hill.
The Oktoberfest event is part of the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series put on by RunWenatchee. Other races in the series include the Horse Lake Trail Runs (April 29, 2017) in the Wenatchee Foothills; and the Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs (May 20, 2017) in the Wenatchee National Forest near Cashmere.
Online registration: Click here!
Description: The 10-mile route will take trail runners from the start at Leavenworth Ski Hill onto the 4 the Boyz Memorial Trail and then the Rosie Boa Trail to the Freund Canyon Trail. Runners will run down Freund Canyon to 4 the Boyz and then back to the Ski Hill. This is a challenging and hilly course.
The 5-mile run will be entirely on the existing ski hill trail system. This course is hilly and challenging, but is perfect for the beginning trail runner.
The kids run will be a 2K route.
Start times: 8:30 a.m. for the 10-Mile, 8:45 a.m. for the 5-Mile, and 9 a.m. for the 2K kids run.
Finish lines: Leavenworth Ski Hill, 10701 Ski Hill Drive.
Packet pickup: From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, during RunWenatchee’s weekly club run at First and Columbia streets in Wenatchee; and from 7 to 8:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Leavenworth Ski Hill, 10701 Ski Hill Drive.
In-person registration: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, during RunWenatchee’s weekly club run at First and Columbia streets in Wenatchee; and from 7 to 8:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Leavenworth Ski Hill, 10701 Ski Hill Drive.
Parking: The Leavenworth Ski Hill has parking. However, as always, we encourage people to car pool or use alternative means of transportation if they can.
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.
Trash: Leave no trace. Be kind to our beautiful and amazing Wenatchee National Forest and Leavenworth area and clean up after yourself. Please don’t abandon trash.
Course note: These trails are 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 maps: The 10-Mile course map coming soon. Click here for the 5-Mile course map.
Runner premiums: Participants will receive a cool shirt with our signature Oktoberfest Trail Runs logo and entry to a post-race party at the Leavenworth Ski Hill Lodge.
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 in each event will receive an award. Kids will receive a finisher’s prize.