WENATCHEE — The River Run Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K will host a record field of runners and walkers Saturday while unveiling a new starting spot at Pybus Public Market and a new course that
crosses the Columbia River to East Wenatchee.
The three runs will end at the Stanley Civic Center Plaza in the midst of downtown’s annual Taste of the Harvest Festival.
“We expect a lot of excitement with the new start at Pybus,” Joel Rhyner, River Run race director, said in a press release. “Runners will gather on a closed-off section of Riverside Drive and will have the whole road to spread out before getting on the loop trail. It should be quite a sight as the runners roll out.”
“We are pleased to host the start of River Run,” said Steve Robinson, executive director of Pybus Public Market. “These are the kind of events that define Wenatchee.”
Online registration (runwenatcheeriverrun.eventbrite.com/) closes at noon Friday. People also can register in person at Pybus Market from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
All three River Run races are scheduled to begin in a mass start at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Along with the new starting location, the course will take runners over the East Wenatchee side of the Columbia River for the first time. In previous River Runs, participants ran on just the Wenatchee side.
“River Run is a celebration of its namesake, the mighty Columbia River,” Rhyner said. “The views along the river from the East Wenatchee side are absolutely stunning, and we wanted to incorporate those into this event.”
Last September, the event had to be cancelled due to poor air quality from Chelan County wildfires.