Oktoberfest Trail Runs to unveil new long course
LEAVENWORTH — The Oktoberfest Trail Runs will feature a new 10-mile course this year in the hills above the Bavarian Village.
“The new 10-mile Oktoberfest Trail Run utilizes several recent trail projects completed by the Central Washington Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance,” said race director Joel Rhyner of RunWenatchee. “Starting in the historic, rolling Leavenworth Ski Hill trails, runners will quickly climb nearly 2,000 feet, following the 4 the Boyz Memorial Trail to the Rosie Boa Trail, down Freund Canyon Trail to the 4 the Boyz connection and then back to the historic Ski Hill Lodge area for the finish. This new route challenges even the most seasoned runner and provides runners with incredible views of the Icicle River Valley, Enchantments and Freund Canyon.”
The event’s 8K and 2K courses — the latter for kids — will remain the same. Those routes follow the Ski Hill trail system.
The 10-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 8K at 8:45 a.m. and the 2K at 9 a.m.
RunWenatchee will host a post-race party at the Ski Hill Lodge’s new patio area.
The third-annual event, which is the finale in the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series, serves as a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, which operates the Ski Hill.
Online registration at https://oktoberfesttrail.eventbrite.com will remain open until 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
Packet pickup and late registration will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, during RunWenatchee’s weekly club run at First and Columbia streets in Wenatchee; and from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Leavenworth Ski Hill.
The courses will be well-marked with directional arrows and volunteers posted at key spots. There also will be runner support stations on the courses.
Sponsors and partners of the Horse Lake Trail Runs include Northwest Public Radio, Confluence Health, SCJ Alliance, Orchard Bar, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, Mela Coffee Roasting Co., Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, City of Leavenworth, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.