CHELAN — It’s not every day that North Central Washington is host to world class marathon runners, but it will be just that on Saturday when the ninth annual Shore to Shore Marathon takes place in Chelan.
Serving as a qualifier for the 2010 Boston Marathon, Shore to Shore organizers are expected a fair share of serious and experienced runners for the race.
“Early registration is double what it has been in previous years,” said Chelan Chamber director Mike Steele in a press release last week. “We’re expecting to see a strong increase in participation.”
The event has teamed up with Sunset Racing, a company that specializes in athletic racing across the nation, to help promote the race.
“Our goal this year is to provide racers with a world class experience and to highlight the beauty and warm hospitality of the Lake Chelan area,” said Geoff Rhodes, director of marketing for Sunset Racing.
In addition to the standard marathon, Shore to Shore will hold half marathon and 10K races on Saturday.
The marathon begins at 7 a.m. at Field’s Point Landing and ends in Manson Bay Park, with a time limit of six hours.
The half marathon starts at 8 a.m. from one mile west of the State Route 97A and 971 intersection to Manson Bay Park, while the 10K also begins at 8 a.m., but from the Deepwater Brewing Company to Manson Bay Park.
On-site registration will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Lake Chelan Winery, and only cash will be accepted.
There is no race day registration available.
Registration is $100 for the marathon, $65 for the half marathon, and $35 for the 10K.