Motorists asked to be mindful of runners on race day

CHELAN — With a record number of runners participating in the Sept. 7 Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K, race organizers are asking motorists to be mindful of runners on the road and to drive cautiously while the event is taking place.

On the south side of Lake Chelan, single-lane closures will be in effect on South Lake Shore Drive just past Field’s Point Landing, just west of the Mike & Pat’s store, and at Mike & Pat’s store. On the north side of the lake, lane closures will be in effect on Highway 150 near the Chelan Shores Development and at what is commonly known as Rocky Point between Chelan and Manson.

The lane closures on South Lake Shore Drive will be in place from 6 a.m. to approximately 9 a.m. and will be removed once the marathon and half-marathon runners completely pass through the area. The lane closures on the north side will be in place from 7 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m.

In Manson, where the event finishes, Pedoi Street will be closed and barricaded from McLaren Avenue to East Wapato Way, from approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We are going to have about 600 runners for Shore to Shore this year. To ensure a safe race, we need to add more traffic control measures as well as additional flaggers,” said Joel Rhyner, race director of Shore to Shore, which is presented by the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. “Motorists will not be delayed long at any of these safety zones. We just ask they slow speeds down and be prepared to stop.”

Runners are bused to their starting points from North Shore Bible Church parking lot in Manson. The marathon starts on South Lake Shore Drive just west of Field’s Point Landing at 7 a.m.; the half-marathon starts on South Lake Shore Drive just west of Mike & Pat’s store at 7:30 a.m.; and the 10K starts on Highway 150 at the Chelan Shores Development at 8 a.m.

There is no parking at any of the start areas, so organizers strongly encourage participants to use the bus shuttle service.

Packet pickup will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at Vin du Lac Winery, 105 Highway 150 in Chelan; and from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the North Shore Bible Church parking lot, 123 Wapato Way, in Manson.

The event is expected to generate an estimated $390,000 for the local economy through the purchase of lodging, food, goods and services. Runners are coming from as far away as Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and California.

The main beneficiaries this year are the Chelan High School Wrestling Program, the Manson High School Cross Country Team, and the local chapter of Girls on the Run.

Besides being presented by the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, sponsors for the event include Vin du Lac Winery, KOZI Radio, North Cascades National Bank, Cashmere Valley Bank, Devil’s Gulch Drinkery, SET Coaching, Project Groundwork, Crunch-Pak, Caffe Mela, Eugene Marathon, and Advocare.

The event is directed and organized by RunWenatchee.