Saturday, April 16, 2016 • Wenatchee, WA • Course Map
Set in nearly the geographic center of Washington State, the town of Wenatchee straddles the great Columbia River that runs north-south through the entire middle of the state, and plays host each April to the Wenatchee Marathon & Half Marathon, which also includes a full marathon relay and a 10K race.
The course for all three events is scenic and free of traffic, and is open to both runners and walkers (though wheelchairs and jogging strollers are not permitted). Made entirely of paved surfaces, the course is mostly flat with a few gently rolling hills — its lowest elevation is about 560 feet above sea level, and its highest is about 620 feet.
The starting line for each of the four races is near Centennial Park on Wenatchee Avenue, near the intersection with 1st Street. From the start, the course proceeds northward along Wenatchee Avenue and then eastward on 5th Street, to the Apple Capital Loop Trail.
After reaching this point, the remainder of all four races take runners exclusively along the Apple Capital Loop Trail, which will take them through Wenatchee Confluence State Park and across the bridge over the Columbia River into East Wenatchee.
Once they’re over the river, runners follow the trail south along the riverbank all the way to the turnaround point, just south of 23rd Street. After that, the race retraces your steps all the way back across the river and onto the trail, back to Riverfront Park.
There’s a short run across the footbridge from the park onto the roads, and then to the finish line back where you started at First and Wenatchee.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains in central Washington state, roughly 140 miles by car east from Seattle and about 160 miles west of Spokane, Wenatchee typically sees cool to mild weather in April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 20°F (in 1935) and as high as 93°F (in 1977).
On race day (April 16), the average low is 41ºF and the average high is 65ºF.
- 2015 Wenatchee Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Wenatchee Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Wenatchee Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Wenatchee Half Marathon Results
- 6:30 AM – full marathon, early start for walkers
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:15 AM – full marathon, 10K
- $70 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2015
- $85 between January 1 – February 29, 2016
- $100 after March 1
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Wenatchee Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or marathon relay race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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