A bundle of fun
By Steve Maher
WENATCHEE — Running shoes. Check.
A few snowflakes. Check.
Gloves, beanies, leggings? Check. Check. Check.
The second-annual Bundle-Up 5K and 1K Run and Walk lived up to its name Saturday, attracting 505 people as part of the downtown Winterfest
celebration at the Stanley Civic Center Plaza.
Barry Hodges was the “official unofficial” winner of the men’s race, and Marlene Farrell collected the same honor on the women’s side. From the plaza, the course took runners and walkers across the Riverwalk Crossing Bridge, north on the Apple Capital Loop Trail to Walla Walla Point Park, and then back. Participants weren’t timed, although there was a running clock at the finish line.
But as the first two years of Bundle-Up have illustrated, it isn’t so much about racing to win as it is about taking part to have fun.
Even if the temps are in the 30s, as they were Saturday, and most everyone is covered head to toe in various items of clothing, including costumes.
“What a blast,” exclaimed Cashmere’s Randy Pierce, who, appropriately enough ran the 5K in sweats, several layers of shirts and wool hat. “It’s just great to get outside in the winter on the valley floor, and there were a lot more people than I expected. And now I get to go drink beer at the beer garden. What could be better?”
As Pierce headed off to the beer garden outside Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery, others mingled among the crowd at Winterfest. Activities in the plaza included a fire pit, where people could roast s’mores, a petting zoo, and appearances by L-Bow the Clown.
Of the 505 participants, about 50 were young children who took part in the 1K kids race.
Icicle Brewing Co. and Saddle Pub & Brewery co-sponsored the run and walk.
Event beneficiaries were the Wenatchee High School Track Team and Cross-Country Team. About a dozen WHS athletes volunteered.
Winning the top prize in the Bundle-Up Run costume contest were the “Ice Queens” — Alicia O’Dell of Wenatchee, Jessica Matthews of Omak, Caitlyn Bradburn of Seattle and Lindsey Hamilton of Seattle. Finishing second were the “Mavericks” — Ben Martin, Brady Dundas and Robert Grimm. In third, were Dr. Seuss-themed Doug Wood and his daughter Bailey Wood. Fourth was Lisa Davis as Batwoman. And fifth were Eliseo Luna and Carolyn Christensen.
Afterwards, the fun continued at the beer garden, including an impromptu serenade of the “Ice Queens” by Ben Martin of “The Mavericks.”
“It couldn’t have gone much better,” said Joel Rhyner of RunWenatchee. “We want to thank the Wenatchee Downtown Association, the City of Wenatchee, and our sponsors, Icicle Brewing and Saddle Rock Pub, for lending a hand. It was a lot of fun.”