Sunny skies and peak wildflower blooms are expected as more than 200 runners take to the Wenatchee Foothills on Saturday morning for the fifth-annual Horse Lake Trail Runs.
The 5-mile, 7-mile and half-marathon races are held by RunWenatchee at the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s 1,700-acre Horse Lake Reserve, located about three miles northwest of the City of Wenatchee. Proceeds go toward trail construction and maintenance in the Foothills.
Registration spots sold out on Tuesday of this week.
“Horse Lake has garnered a reputation as trail-running heaven,” said race director Joel Rhyner. “The combination of well-maintained trails, challenging courses, view after view of the North Cascades, and hills blanketed with wildflowers have made this one of the top races in the Northwest.”
The half-marathon run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by the 7-mile race at 8:30 a.m. and the 5-mile race at 8:45 a.m.
Packet pickup will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Pybus Public Market, and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Horse Lake Trailhead.
On race day, free shuttles will be available for participants. Buses will leave the Wal-Mart parking lot to Horse Lake Reserve from 7 to 8 a.m. The shuttles will take runners back after they finish. People also can drive to Horse Lake on their own, but parking is limited — only about 70 parking spaces in all.
Rhyner said runners will be on the Homestead, Apricot Crisp and Glacier View trails at Horse Lake from 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m.
“If other trail users, such as mountain bikers and hikers, could avoid those trails during that time period, it would be very helpful,” he said. “And if they do go, we ask them to be aware that there is a race in progress.”
For course maps: http://www.runwenatchee.com/event/horse-lake-trail-runs/.
A post-race party for runners and their family members and friends will be held at Wenatchee Valley Brewing at Pybus Market.
The Horse Lake event, which is part of the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series, serves as a fundraiser for the Land Trust and its trails program. Other races in RunWenatchee’s Trail Run Series include the May 20 Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs in the Wenatchee National Forest south of Cashmere; and the Oct. 14 Oktoberfest Trail Runs at Leavenworth Ski Hill.
Horse Lake sponsors include Volyn Law Firm, Tidd Tax, Wenatchee Chiropractic Clinic, Confluence Health, SCJ Alliance, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, Great Harvest Bread Co., Mela Coffee Roasting Co., Orchard Bar, Crunch-Pak, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and AdventureWenatchee.
For more information contact: Joel Rhyner, Horse Lake Trail Runs race director, (509) 387-0051