Red Devil Trail Runs canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

Written on Apr 6th, 2020 by , Category Events, News, Trail Running

WENATCHEE — RunWenatchee has officially canceled the June 6 Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Cashmere due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“RunWenatchee had anticipated holding the event on schedule. But with the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order in place until at least May 4, ongoing social-distancing recommendations, and the U.S. Forest Service closing and restricting access to trailheads, parking lots, campgrounds and restrooms, we felt it was in the best interest and health and safety of our runners, volunteers, staff and race partners to cancel this year’s event,” said Joel Rhyner, Red Devil race director. “We hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Red Devil in 2021.”

RunWenatchee is offering two options for people who had already signed up for the Red Devil Trail Runs:

  • Full refund, with the exception of credit card fees (which are non-refundable). To take advantage of this option, participants need to email runwenatchee@gmail.com, type ‘Refund” in the subject head, and add their name and race distance in the body of the email.
  • Rollover an entry and shirt order to the 2021 Red Devil 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.

Last week, RunWenatchee announced it was moving the Horse Lake Trail Runs from May 9 to Sept. 19 in the Wenatchee Foothills. That change is still in effect. The Horse Lake Reserve, where the races take place, are owned and managed by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.

RunWenatchee has been holding trail races in the region since 2011 when the first Red Devil event was held. The Horse Lake Trail Runs began in 2013 and the Oktoberfest Trail Runs were added in 2015. Together, the races are known as the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series. Besides the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, other main beneficiaries include Chelan County Mountain Rescue and Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

RunWenatchee continues to hold its weekly Run Club on Thursdays but has turned to a virtual format. Instead of in-person sign-ins at Pybus Market each Thursday, Run Club participants can go for a run or a walk by themselves at their own preferred location and time that day, and then check in and get credit at https://www.runwenatchee.com/club/. The electronic check-in is only available on Thursdays.

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