With the change of seasons from summer to fall, obviously there comes a major change in sports events as well. The bats and balls get put away, replaced by soccer balls, football pads, hockey sticks, and before you know it, skis.
It’s been a busy summer in the Wenatchee Valley. From April thruogh July, the Sports Council has tracked a total of 44 organized tournaments and events here. That doesn’t include teams involved in league play, such as the Wenatchee AppleSox and Wenatchee Valley Rams. As you would expect, baseball and softball led all sports with 23 tournaments, but running, biking, swimming, fishing, tennis and special events such as the Warrior Dash and last week’s United Way Color Rush kept facilities, hotels, restaurants and retail stores hopping. Over $4 million in sports tourism spending, leading to more than 13,500 hotel room nights, has been estimated for the four-month period, by far the most robust months of the year.
Many of those participants and accompaniment were first time visitors to the area, giving them the exposure that will hopefully translate into return visits in the future.
And there’s more to come. Upcoming highlights this fall include the Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon on Sept. 7, the River Run, based in downtown Wenatchee on Sept. 21, and the Apple Cup Soccer Tournament on Oct. 12-13, utilizing fields throughout Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.
The latter events were victims of poor air quality due to the fires last year, and are looking to rebound strong. There are also plenty of team sports beginning their seasons shortly, as school activities gear up in early September. The Wenatchee Wild’s first puck drops at home Oct. 4, and youth hockey gets underway soon.
Yes, it has been a busy summer, but fall doesn’t lack in opportunities for participants or spectators.
The Wenatchee Valley Sports Council is a partner of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, assisting with destination marketing. For more Sports Council related information, contact Matt Kearny at 662-2116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.