The Oktoberfest 10-mile and 5-Mile Trail Runs (plus a kids race) are held on Wenatchee National Forest lands near Leavenworth, WA, with the start and finish occurring at the community's historic Ski Hill facility. During the winter months, the Ski Hill attracts cross-country skiers. During other times of the year, this rolling terrain becomes the epicenter for trail running, with views aplenty of the Cascade Mountains and the Icicle Creek area.
This event is held during the third and final weekend of Leavenworth's famous Oktoberfest celebration. The race serves as a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, which operates the Ski Hill. A post-race party takes place inside the Ski Hill Lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
The Oktoberfest event is part of the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series put on by RunWenatchee. Other races in the series include the Horse Lake Trail Runs (April 29, 2017) in the Wenatchee Foothills; and the Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs (May 20, 2017) in the Wenatchee National Forest near Cashmere.
Course description: The 5-mile run utilizes the existing ski hill trail system. The trails are a combination of single-track and old dirt roads. The terrain is rolling and hilly. The 10-mile run takes participants on the ski hill trails and then onto the 4 the Boyz, Rosie Boa and Freund Canyon trails, which are single-track. The 10-mile course is hilly and challenging.
For maps, elevation profiles and other race details, check our website: http://www.runwenatchee.com.
Post Race Fun!
Grilled brats, chips and condiments will be available post race, courtesy of Top Color Catering of Wenatchee. Icicle beer will served post race those runners 21 and over!
Local time: 8:01 AM