This Saturday is race day!
We are pleased to welcome all runners, walkers and their friends and family members to Lake Chelan for the annual Shore to Shore Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K races this Saturday, Sept. 8.
We have made many changes to ensure a more enjoyable, fun and runner-friendly event on what is undoubtedly one of the most scenic courses in the United States.
Below you will find updates and other news regarding this Saturday’s Shore to Shore. From the race organizers to all the participants, we say, “Good luck!”
We have struck up a good relationship with Vin du Lac Winery just on the outskirts of Chelan (and on the way to Manson). That will be the location for the packet pickup from 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday. When you first pull in off Highway 150, it may not seem like it, but there is oodles of parking at the winery. If you’re lucky, you might even get to stop your car in a vineyard and spot ripening grapes! To make the night go even better, the winery has graciously offered a special on a dinner meal for Shore to Shore race participants and their entourage. The dinner will cost $19.95 and will include baguettes, fruit and veggie platters, gourmet macaroni and cheese, potatoes delmonico, beef bourguignon, Moroccan coucous, and miniature lemon tarts. For $5 a glass, you can get pours of Vin du Lac’s fresh white and red cafe label wines.
The winery only asks that you make reservations by calling 866-455-WINE or via the web at www.vindulac.com.
And if you can’t make Friday’s packet pickup, there will be one held from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday (race day) at the North Shore Bible Church parking lot at 123 Wapato Point Parkway. That is about a half-mile from the finishing area in Manson, and also where the buses will pick everyone up for transportation to the three starting points.
The latest weather forecast (as of Wednesday morning) calls for temperatures between 60 and the low 70s during the morning and early afternoon hours on race day. Again, we will have 13 water/sport drink/aid stations along the course, but we also ask all participants to hydrate this week and take other measures (sun screen, a hat, light clothing) to make things go smoother.
13 aid stations
Based on feedback from last year’s participants, we have increased the number of water and/or sport drink stations to 13 at this year’s Shore to Shore Marathon/Half/10K. You’ll find them every two miles on the course. And at the finishing area, you’ll find plenty of foods, water and sport drink to replenish your tired bodies. And, please later, shoot us an email and let us know how we did.
Safety in mind
We take the issue of runner safety seriously. We have hired a certified flagging company and worked closely with the state Department of Transportation, Chelan County, and the cities of Manson and Chelan to come up with a good safety plan.
As you know, runners must run on the left side of the roadway facing traffic or in the coned run lanes that will be provided.
With that in mind, you will find more coned-off areas this year, including at a bottleneck at what is known as Rocky Point (on the north shore). We also will shut down a lane of traffic in the half-marathon and 10K starting areas. Flaggers will be in other high-traffic areas to assist runners and slow traffic down.
In addition, the entire course will be signed with runners-on-the-course signs. You will find porta-potties along the way as well.
And finally, the finishing area on Pedoi Street in Manson will have a two-block area entirely closed to traffic, providing a spectacular sight for runners and spectators alongside Manson Bay Park and beautiful Lake Chelan. There will be water, food, post-race massage, music provided by KOZI Radio and a few vendors.
For a look at course maps, click on this link: http://lakechelanmarathon.com/races/course-maps/
We’ve asked all volunteers to show up at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Lake Chelan Chamber offices, 102 E. Johnson Ave., Chelan, to be briefed on their duties, find out where they will stationed, get their cool shirts, and meet the race organizers and volunteer coordinators. If you can’t make this meeting — if you can, you should — we will be sending detailed instructions via email as well. Please read those carefully, including where you need to go and at what time early Saturday morning. To all the volunteers, we thank you in advance. We couldn’t make this race happen without you! And we mean that sincerely.
This week, RunWenatchee’s Joel Rhyner was interviewed by Wenatchee World publisher Rufus Woods. Joel talks about the Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon/Half-Marathon/10K (this Saturday), the River Run Half-Marathon/10K/5k on Sept. 15, other programs RunWenatchee offers, and the future of recreation in Chelan County. All good stuff! Here’s the link to the video: http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/videos/2012/sep/04/532/