WENATCHEE — Trail runs will be held at the Horse Lake Reserve in the Wenatchee Foothills at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The 5-mile and 10-mile runs, organized by RunWenatchee, are fundraisers for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, which aims to purchase and care for key properties and trails in the Foothills.
Saturday is Foothills Day in the community, with art shows, outdoor displays, a music festival, and a beer/wine garden taking place in the afternoon and evening at the Performing Arts Center.
“We’ve never had a race at Horse Lake before, so we are breaking new ground here,” RunWenatchee’s Joel Rhyner, the race director, said in a press release.
“The location couldn’t be more breathtaking, with views of the North Cascades, the Wenatchee River and the Columbia River all along the trail. Wildflowers are in full bloom right now, too. It should be absolutely spectacular.”
RunWenatchee has set up a van shuttle from the Wal-Mart parking lot to Horse Lake before the race and back afterwards. The shuttles will load from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday and leave from Wal-Mart at 8 a.m. Vans for the shuttle are being provided by the Mission Ridge Ski Team as a donation to the Foothills Campaign.
“For those who are going to drive to Horse Lake, we would love it if they would also transport others they know are going to be participating,” Rhyner said. “Between people using the shuttle and car-pooling, it will make things go so much smoother.”
Online registrations will be accepted until 11:55 p.m. Thursday at horselaketrailrun.eventbrite.com/
People can also register in person at the Horse Lake Reserve from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday. Although the event is geared for trail runners, walkers can also enter.
All participants will receive a souvenir beer pint glass. For $12 more, participants also can get a race shirt.
For more on the Horse Lake Trails runs, visit runwenatchee.com/event/horse-lake-trail-runs-5-and-10-milers/. For more on the Land Trust’s Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, visit cdlandtrust.org/what-we-do/wenatchee-foothills-campaign