Washington > River Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Wenatchee, WA • Saturday, September 20, 2014 • Course Map
Along a route that unfolds almost entirely along the banks of the Columbia River here in central Washington -- in this small city of about 31,000 that's nicknamed the "Apple Capital of the World" thanks to the apple orchards and farms in the valley surrounding the city -- runners will make their way at the second annual running of the River Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K at the Taste of the Harvest Festival.
The course for the race takes runners mostly along the Apple Capital Loop Trail, a 13-mile trail system that winds along the shores of the Columbia through both Wenatchee (on the western side) and East Wenatchee (on the opposite side), and through a collection of city parks on both sides of the river along the way. Most of the course features only mild changes in elevation but is also largely out in the open sun, so sunscreen will be a must.
Runners start the half marathon -- like the 10K and the 5K -- on the Wenatchee side of the river near the intersection of South Wenatchee Avenue and Yakima Street, just a block away from the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. From there, runners then head out on what is basically a counter-clockwise loop route along the Apple Capital Loop Trail, running first south along the trail to the bridge at 9th Street, where they cross over the river and into East Wenatchee.
Once over the river, runners then head north along the trail as it winds along the river, taking them through stretches with tree-shaded paved pathways as well as sections right along the riverbank. The route continues northward past the Porter's Pond Nature Area and the 27th Street trailhead all the way north to the Odabashian Bridge, where runners make a brief out-and-back stretch on the other side of the bridge before crossing over back into Wenatchee.
Back on the western side of the Columbia River, the course then heads south, taking runners on the path along the edges of the Wenatchee Confluence State Park (where the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers meet) and then into Walla Walla Point Park, where they head back toward the shoreline.
There's just a couple more miles and another last run through Riverfront Park before runners turn right off the trail and onto First Street for the finish line just a few blocks from the river.
The starting time for the race -- which is run in conjunction with the day-long Taste of the Harvest Festival around downtown Wenatchee -- is 10:00 AM for all three races. As an alternative to the timed running events, participants may take part in the one-mile Survivor Walk, designed to celebrate and encourage cancer survivors and to highlight the race beneficiary, the locally based Wellness Place.
Weather & Climate
Located near the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range in central Washington state, just under 150 miles east of Seattle, Wenatchee typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 21°F (in 1936) and as high as 101°F (in 1987).
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See the race route map for the River Run Half Marathon
9:00 AM - half marathon
10:00 AM - 10K, 5K
See race website
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2014 running of the River Run Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at EventBrite.com.
Official Race Website
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