Horse Lake 25K, 10-Mile and 5-Mile Trail Runs

Please note: Due to the coronavirus crisis, the Horse Lake Trail Runs have been rescheduled and will now be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, in the Wenatchee Foothills. The information below has been updated to reflect this change.

RunWenatchee is offering two options for people who have already signed up for the Horse Lake Trail Runs:

  • Stay in the race and participate Sept. 19. Entries will automatically be pulled forward to the new date in the event’s registration system. If a participant ordered a shirt, that shirt will be waiting for them on Sept. 19.
  • Rollover an entry and shirt order to the 2021 Horse Lake Trail Runs. To take advantage of this option, participants need to email runwenatchee@gmail.com, type ‘Rollover” in the subject head, and add their name and race distance in the body of the email.

All other questions should be directed to runwenatchee@gmail.com.

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The Horse Lake 25K, 10-Mile 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 plant life and stunning views of the North Cascades and the Wenatchee River and Columbia River valleys. This 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 and sponsored by Cascade Autocenter/Subaru. Other races in the series include the Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs (June 6, 2020) in the Wenatchee National Forest near Cashmere; and the Oktoberfest Trail Runs (Oct. 17, 2020) at Leavenworth.

Registration link: Please click here.

Start times: 7:30 a.m. for the 25K trail run; 8:00 a.m. for the 10-mile trail run; and 8:30 a.m. for the 5-mile trail run.

Start and finish lines: Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead, 3 miles northwest of Wenatchee at the end of Horse Lake Road

Course description: The trail runs utilize the Homestead, Apricot Crisp, Glacier View and Burts trails. These trails are nicely graded single and double track.

Course maps: Click here for the 25K map; click here for the 10-Mile map; click here for the 5-Mile map.

Packet pickup: 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Pybus Public Market, 7 Worthen St., Wenatchee; and from 7 to 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at the Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead.

In-person registration: 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Pybus Public Market, 7 Worthen St., Wenatchee. Please note: There will be no in-person registration on Saturday at the trailhead.

Parking and race shuttles: Parking is limited (approximately 80 parking spots) at the Horse Lake Reserve where the event will take place. 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 Saturday morning, Sept. 19. Here is the shuttle schedule:

  • 6:45 a.m.: 25K runners leave in shuttle buses from the Wal-Mart parking lot to Horse Lake.
  • 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 am: 5-Mile and 10-Mile runners leave in shuttle buses for the Wal-Mart parking lot to Horse Lake.

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.

Runner premiums: A commemorative Horse Lake Trail Run medal and a reusable, collapsible drinking cup will be included in each entry.

T-shirts are available for additional purchase during online registration only.

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 distance will receive a commemorative award. Ruck athletes will also receive a Special finisher award.

E-mail: runwenatchee@gmail.com for course or race information.

Cancellation policy: Click here.

Changes for Horse Lake Trail Runs in 2020

Races are going cupless for 2020: All our trail races are going cupless for 2020! Each runner will receive a reusable, collapsible drinking cup as part of the entry for the event.

New distance in 2020: We are upgrading the 7-mile distance to 10 miles, incorporating 3 miles of the new Burts Trail built in 2018-19.

Student rates: Middle school, high school, and college students are all eligible for a substantial entry discount to all our trail runs. Click on the Student Entry if you are any one of these runners.

Ruck option: We have added a new “twist” to our trail events. We have added a new option called Rucking.

RUCK•ING [VERB] // Walking/hiking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). It implies action, energy, and purpose. Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character — and builds it, too.

Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training, but is also a great alternative to running for those that are not able to run but are avid hikers, walkers, and fast packers.

Many of us have taken on rucking as another way to stay fit and challenge ourselves on the trails, so we decided to add this to our event schedule!

The rules: Pick your distance. Complete any Horse Lake Run distance wearing the pack. Special Award given to those that complete the event wearing the pack.

Weight requirements are based on body weight. Bodyweight under 150 lbs: 10 lbs + Rucksack/Backpack. Bodyweight over 150 lbs: 20 lbs + Rucksack/Backpack.

Need a pack, weighted plates or other gear? Check out www.goruck.com