ATHLETES, A FEW QUICK UPDATES AS WE APPROACH RACE DAY
1- If you have friends or family who plan to watch the race from Confluence State Park, please be advised that all cars parking at the State Park will need a parking permit which can be purchased on sight.
2- Due to forces beyond our control we have had to change our energy drink for the event. As in prior years we are proud to once again offer Powerade at each aid station. Thanks for understanding this change.
PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION
4:30pm to 8:00pm: Friday, April 19th
Performing Arts Plaza, 123 N. Wenatchee Avenue
6:30am to 7:30am: Saturday, April 20st
Performing Arts Plaza, 123 N. Wenatchee Avenue (Event Start/Finish)
All races will start and finish at the Performing Arts Plaza at 123 N. Wenatchee Avenue.
6:30am: Early Bird Start for Marathon walkers (26.2 miles only)
8:00am: Half Marathon (runners and walkers)
8:15am: Marathon and 10K
Awards will be presented to the overall male/female winner in each of the three events. In addition, age group awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd places) will be awarded in each event. The award ceremonies will be held in the Performing Arts Plaza near the finish line area. We will attempt to abide by the following schedule, to the extent possible:
9:45am: 10K (all) and overall Half Marathon winners
11:00am: Half Marathon age group awards
11:45am: Marathon Overall winners
1:15pm: Marathon age group awards
If you cannot attend the award ceremony, you may claim your prize as soon as the results are final. However, we will not ship awards.
Wenatchee is the home of many great restaurants, which we are eager to share with you. Therefore, we will not host a pre-race pasta feed. Instead, we encourage you to hit the town and explore one of the many great local restaurants. Here is a link to some of those dining options courtesy of the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce: restaurants
We will be selling TedDriven and Wenatchee Marathon memorabilia at greatly discounted prices. Pick up a running hat, wine glass, coffee mug, tech shirt, even a hooded sweatshirt.
Photos will be available after the event at www.brightroom.com
by Thursday, April 25th. We are very excited about our new partnership with Brightroom, one of the nation’s leaders in sports photography. Access to digital images is included in your registration fee. You may also choose to purchase prints directly from Brightroom.
Timing and results will be compiled by Accustat Sports Timing using disposable Chronotrack chips. Results will be posted immediately and may be accessed at accustatsportstiming.com
There are many great places to watch the Wenatchee Marathon. The start/finish line is a fabulous location. From there, spectators may walk to the riverfront trail and view runners passing on the loop trail. Other options include riding a bike or driving from the starting area to Walla Walla or Confluence Parks. Both parks have lots of green space, playgrounds and will provide wonderful vantage points of passing runners.
On race day, there is a great deal of parking located east of Wenatchee Avenue (toward the Columbia River and behind Arlberg Sports and the Performing Arts Plaza). Please do not park on Wenatchee Avenue as it will be closed at 8am for the race.
Aid stations will be equipped with Powerade and water. Aid stations will be located approximately every 2 miles. In addition, there will be one GU energy gel location for Half Marathon participants (approx. mile 6.5) and two locations for Marathon participants (approx. miles 10 and 20). Aid stations will also be equipped with Vaseline and Band-Aids.
The aid stations will be located at:
- Walla Walla State Park
- Confluence State Park
- 27th Street in East Wenatchee
- 19th Street in East Wenatchee (marathon only)
- Pedestrian Bridge over Columbia River at 9th Street (marathon only)
- Orondo Street Boat launch (marathon only)
Vote for your favorite aid station (most enthusiastic, efficient, etc.) via Facebook after the race.
FIRST AID STATION
We will have a First Aid tent set up at the finish line. In addition, EMTs will be patrolling the race course on bicycle. We are grateful to the Douglas County Fire District No. 2 for offering their qualified assistance. An ambulance will also be on-hand in case of emergencies.
Water, energy drink, and snacks will be provided in the Performing Arts Plaza for race participants only. Please retain your race bib for access to the food and drinks.
Participant shirts may be claimed after the event in the Performing Arts Plaza (down the steps near the bottom entrance). Please show your race bib to claim your shirt.
Finishers of the Marathon and Half Marathon will be awarded a custom medal upon crossing the finish line.
10K / Half Marathon / Marathon
All events begin on Wenatchee Avenue directly in front of the Performing Arts Center. From there, runners will head north on Wenatchee Ave to Fifth Street. Runners turn right on Fifth Street and proceed down Fifth Street to its intersection at the Loop Trail. Runners turn left heading north on the Loop Trail. 10K and Marathon runners will turn around where the Loop Trail intersects the entrance to Confluence State Park. Please stay to the right and look for oncoming runners at the turn-around.
From Confluence State Park 10K and Marathon runners will proceed back on the Loop Trail in the opposite direction. 10K runners will turn right at the pedestrian footbridge (approx. mile 6) and take the footbridge to the finish line at the Performing Arts Center. Marathon runners will continue on the Loop Trail making two counter-clockwise loops and finishing at the Performing Arts Center.
From Confluence State Park, Half Marathon runners will proceed through the park, past the restrooms and boat launch and continue on the Loop Trail in a clockwise fashion. Runners will cross the Columbia River on the Odabashian Bridge and continue on the Loop Trail to the turn-around in East Wenatchee (approx. mile 6.5). From the turn-around Half Marathon runners will proceed back over the Odabashian Bridge, through Confluence Park until they reach the pedestrian footbridge (approx. mile 13), which they will take to the Performing Arts Center finish line.
Important Course Notes
Mile Markers will be posted on blue and orange signs. Marathon and 10K signs are blue with orange lettering. Half marathon signs are orange with blue lettering. Wenatchee Avenue and Fifth Street will be closed to traffic. The Loop Trail is open to other users including pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Please stay to the right whenever possible, and respect others on the trail.
We owe a special thanks to all of our sponsors, including; GU Energy Gels, Liberty Orchards, Anjou Bakery, Sure to Rise Bakery, Munchen Haus, Icicle Brewery, and McDougall & Sons Fruit.
We are very lucky to have a great team of volunteers ready to make your race experience smooth and memorable. We are partnering with nearly one dozen local groups who will be using the Wenatchee Marathon as a fundraising event for their organization or cause. In addition, the Wenatchee Marathon and TedDriven remain firmly committed to providing financial support for cutting-edge cancer research and will be supporting the Abramson Family Cancer Center at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine again in 2013.
Finally, thank you for your participation in the Wenatchee Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K. Let’s make it a great day!
Your race directors, Lynda, Wendy and Ian