Races: A marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.
Where: Leavenworth Fish Hatchery
Registration: Online registration at active.com closes Thursday. After that, register at the packet pickup on Friday night or on Saturday morning.
Stuff to know: Racers are encouraged to pick up race packets at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery between 6-9 p.m. on Friday due to the volume of people that will be around on the morning of the event.
LEAVENWORTH — Talk about a fast pace.
As of this weekend, the fifth-annual Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon and Half-Marathon had 1,500 competitors registered, nearly double last year’s total. They are coming from 24 states and three Canadian provinces.
“It’s a pretty sizeable jump,” said race organizer Ted Finegold of Wenatchee, who coordinates the event with Ian Crossland of Cashmere. “I have no idea what to attribute it to, but I guess people love the course, and the cause.”
The marathon and half-Marathon begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.
Marathoners and marathon relay participants do two laps of the woodsy course, and half-marathoners complete one lap.
In the relay, teams of three to six racers can divide the legs as they wish.
Throughout its five years, the races have been put on to promote cancer research, and all net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Vascular Biology Lab at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
In commemoration of the event’s fifth year, all racers who registered prior to Sept. 22 will receive a special sweatshirt after the event.
“It’s pretty much the same as it’s been in prior years, with nothing much different,” Finegold said. “Word of mouth is a pretty big marketing tool.”