Lake Chelan Marathon on Pace to Set New Participation Record

From Press Release –

Lake Chelan has long been an attraction for travelers. The same is now occurring with runners.

Over the past few years, the Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K has grown from a 150-runner event to one in line to top 800 runners when it unfolds Sept. 6 this year.

Post-race surveys have revealed participants are impressed with the course set-up and views of the world-famous lake, the Cascade Mountains, and lakeside vineyards. The point-to-point courses — runners are bused to the starts — follow the shoreline from the south side of the lake to the north side.

The Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon has the distinction of being the last Boston Marathon qualifier in Washington state. The course is generally flat with some hills in the beginning and then again between Chelan and Manson. Both the marathon and half-Marathon are USA Track and Field certified.

This year’s race will include chip timing (for the first time), custom medals and t-shirts, bottles of wine as prizes, and a stunning finish area along the lake in Manson. Packet pickup and prerace dinner is held at Vin du Lac Winery in Chelan.

RunWenatchee took over operation of Shore to Shore in 2011 — after it wasn’t held the previous year — and has spent countless hours rebuilding the event. Through June of this year, the event was on pace to break last year’s record of 620 runners.

“We had a great 2013 race and again witnessed strong growth,” said Steve Maher of RunWenatchee. “We attribute that to listening closely to feedback from runners, making improvements based on those remarks, and promoting the event outside the region more.”

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