The 9th-annual Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs event — 50k, 25k and 10k— continues its iconic tradition in the Wenatchee National Forest south of Cashmere. The event is held on single-track, well-maintained trails along the east slopes of the Cascades, with views of Mission Ridge and the Central Cascades. The Red Devil event is the second race of the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series. Other races in the series include the Horse Lake Trail Runs (April 27, 2019) in the Wenatchee Foothills; and the Oktoberfest Trail Runs (Oct. 19, 2019) at the Ski Hill in Leavenworth.
Start times for races: 6:30 a.m. for the 50K, 7:30 a.m. for 25K, and 8 a.m. for the 10K, on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Packet pickup: 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St. in Wenatchee; and from 6 to 7:45 a.m., June 1, 2019, at the Sandcreek Trailhead, Wenatchee National Forest, south of Cashmere.
In-person registration: There will be NO in-person registration on June 1. Online registration closes at 12 noon, Thursday, May 31.
Runner Swag: Each participant will receive an eco-friendly Red Devil finisher shirt. 50K and 25K finishers also will receive a TBD item.
For course maps and info on shuttles, parking, post race food, post race part, individual awards and contacts, visit https://www.runwenatchee.com/event/red-devil-challenge-50k-25k-and-10k-trail-runs/.
The 50K (which is closer to 33 miles) had its inaugural debut in 2018 to rave reviews, returns again to start and end at Sandcreek Trailhead and includes the Red Devil, Red Hill, Devil’s Gulch and Mission Ridge trails to form an incredibly challenging 7,200 ft of climbing to challenge even the most seasoned trail runner. We will have two fully staffed and supplied aid stations on the 50K course, one of which you will pass twice at mile 9 and 26, the other you will pass at mile 17 (Henley’s Camp). There will be a water only self serve station at mile 5. We will have the usual Ultra running fare, to include PB and J sandwiches, pickles and pickle juice, water, electrolyte drink, cookies, candy, pretzels, fruit, gels, etc… Watch for our Llama friends at Henleys Camp, which is mile 17!
The 25K — also a loop with the start and finish at Sandcreek Trailhead — includes the Red Devil, Red Hill and Devil’s Gulch single track trails, features close to 3800 feet of elevation gain and is the first 9 miles of the 50k course. One water only, self serve station at mile 5 and a fully staffed aid station at mile 9. We will have the usual Ultra running fare, to include PB and J sandwiches, pickles and pickle juice, water, electrolyte drink, cookies, candy, pretzels, fruit, gels, etc…
The out-and-back 10K, which also starts and ends at the Sandcreek Trailhead, and is on well-maintained logging and forest service roads, has an elevation gain of 1,000 feet. One water/electrolyte station, which you pass twice as the course is out and back.
Cut Off Times
50k Cut off times: Our cut off times are generous and allow for people to run the course. You will have to be able to move at an average of 3-3.5 mph to make the cut-offs. We reserve the right to pull you off the course if you are behind these times. At Mile 9 and 26 (Devils Gulch Trailhead) is an extraction point where runners can be shuttled back to the start/finish area if injured or do not meet the cutoff criteria. Here are the cut off times:
Local time: 4:47 PM
Mile 9 (Devils Gulch TH): 3 hours
Mile 17 (Henley’s Camp): 6 hours
Mile 26 (Devils Gulch TH): 8 hours
Finish Line: 10 hours