The Wenatchee Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K will be here before you know it. If you’ve never run this race, I highly recommend you make the drive to Central Washington for this one – especially if you’re looking for a fairly fast course that is a Boston Qualifier. I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you made the trip. The Wenatchee Half Marathon is one of my favorite courses. I haven’t been able to make it to this event for at least 6 years, so I’m really looking forward to running this one again. Here are just a few of the reasons I can’t wait to run this event again:
The Course: All of the distances start in downtown Wenatchee and then make their way to the Apple Capital Loop Trail. This trail is a pedestrian/bike only paved trail that runs along both sides of the Columbia River. The course is mostly flat with a few good rollers and a good climb up to Odabashion Bridge, but a sweet downhill, as well. There are views of the Columbia for most of the run, a couple parks to run through with some cool artwork in one of them, and amazing views of the foothills and the Cascades in the distance. This course is great for spectators, as there are many easy access locations and runners will pass by twice. The 10K and half marathon are out and back courses, while the marathon is 2 loops. Whenever I have run the half marathon, my support crew (my husband and in-laws) always meet me at multiple locations with cheering, photo taking, and any supplies I may need. This is the only half I’ve ever run with this wonderful bonus.
The Weather: One thing I love about the Wenatchee area in the springtime is the weather. I have never had a rainy run and the majority of my races have been under blue skies and sunshine. While the mornings are quite cool, you are almost guaranteed an amazing warm sunny afternoon. Don’t worry, you’ll finish that race before it gets too warm.
The Location: If you are looking for additional activities for your race weekend, you’ve got options. There are many hiking trails and parks in the area. Wenatchee is also quite close to Leavenworth, which is a quaint little Bavarian village that you really should check out. Depending on the weather, there are many water sport options, as well as ski resorts nearby.
The Wenatchee Marathon is operated by TedDriven, an organization that supports cancer research and local charities. Cancer research is a special interest of the directors. Everyone knows someone who has suffered through cancer, and your race directors, Lynda, Wendy & Ian, have all been directly impacted and are committed to doing their part to fight the disease. TedDriven donates proceeds from the Wenatchee Marathon to the cancer biology lab at University of Pennsylvania. This lab is making amazing progress in fighting solid tumors genetically.
The Good Stuff: This event always has a good race shirt and finisher’s medal. After the race there is plenty of post-race fruit, cookies, muffins, water, and sports drink. Along the course, the aid stations are well-stocked with water, sports drink, gel, and first aid. And, age group awards are given out in awards ceremonies for all distances.
I’m already getting excited about running in the sunshine along the Columbia. Come join me! You’ll be glad you did.
Wenatchee Marathon Details
Date: Saturday, April 20
- 6:30 A.M. – Early bird start for Marathon walkers
- 8:00 A.M. – Half Marathon
- 8:15 A.M. – Marathon and 10K
Location: Performing Arts Center, 123 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee
- $120 – Marathon
- $100 – Half Marathon
- $50 – 10K
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