Check your calendar for Saturday, November 9th – the day of the Klickitat Trail Run. This is a gorgeous trail run with a marathon ($65), half marathon ($35) and 5k ($15). This race is a fund raiser that supports an impressive array of local organizations including the community centers in Lyle and Klickitat, three $500 scholarships for post-high school ed programs, and K12 activities.
The race also provides all finishers with a medal and post-race soup at the Klickitat Youth Center, plus raffle prizes and awards for the overall finishers.
But all of that is secondary to the course. This is one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever seen, starting at a trailhead that runs along the Klickitat River and then going through a variety of terrains – nothing too technical – including a flat, wide service road and onto the banks of the river where it’s worth it to just stop for a minute and take it in. Except for the start and finish, no section of this race can be viewed from a car.
Registration is currently open on ultrasignup.com here, and will be open until November 1. Then, your only option is to sign up day of race for $75/$45/$25. If you sign up before October 25 you can also add a hoody ($30) or long-sleeve shirt ($20) to your registration.
The marathon starts at the Youth Center and is an out-and-back. The other distances are point-to-point; you meet at the Youth Center and will ride a bus to the start. You can leave your gear with the bus and pick it up at the finish.
I’m signed up for the half and hope to see you there! If you want to go but don’t want to drive, message Run Oregon via facebook or email and we’ll see about carpooling.
When: Saturday, November 9, 2019
What time: The marathon starts at 8a, the 5k at 10a, and the half at 10:30a (the bus for the 5k leaves at 9:45a and for the half at 10a)
Where: Klickitat Youth Center at 92 Main Street in Klickitat, Wash.
Register: Online here by 11/1 for the full for $65, the half for $35, or the 5k for $15