The days have been warmer than normal. Balsamroot and lupine have exploded on the hillsides and in the foothills. The ample snowpack in the mountains has framed the Cascades in total white, set against the blue sky.
In short, the Wenatchee Valley is having its best spring in years.
And that means good things for the upcoming Apple Century Bike Ride. This annual event, which takes pride in the scenery that unfolds for riders, will be utilizing its classic Wenatchee Valley course on June 4. Read More
WENATCHEE — Tour de Bloom will unveil a decidedly new look the first full weekend in May.
Not only is the longtime Wenatchee Valley Velo Club cycling event adding a Stage Race to its lineup, but the first stage will be held in Leavenworth on May 6, with the start and finish in the Bavarian Village and pro riders heading up and down a closed-off lane on Highway 2 in Tumwater Canyon. Read More
WENATCHEE — The whole idea behind Tour de Beer when it was organized two years ago was to make the experience of watching the annual Tour de Bloom Downtown Criterium even better for spectators.
Now entering its third year as a mainstay of Tour de Bloom and the Apple Blossom Festival, Tour de Beer will feature five beer gardens when it is held from 3 to 10 p.m. Read More
The inaugural O’Grady’s St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run and Walk will be held at 11 a.m. March 12 adjacent to O’Grady’s Pantry at the entrance to Sleeping Lady. The fully staffed 5K course will utilize trails and dirt roads through pine and fir forests on the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Preserve along Icicle Creek.
The chip-timed 5K event is being organized and coordinated by RunWenatchee, which has been holding running events in the region since 2008. Read More
WENATCHEE — The Backcountry Film Festival returns for an 11th year on Dec. 9 with the showing of nine outdoor adventure films at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in downtown Wenatchee.
Hosted by Wenatchee-based nonprofit El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club, the film fest showcases flicks that embody El Sendero’s mission to promote and protect winter wildlands and access for non-motorized sports on public lands. Read More
EAST WENATCHEE — An indoor pool session for kayakers will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Eastmont YMCA Aquatic Center.
The session will be an unstructured open time in which participants can practice rolls and other maneuvers in the heated pool. The cost is $6.
“I’ve heard from paddlers that we don’t have a pool in the winter. It’s pretty common in other communities,” said organizer Lance Reif. Read More
WENATCHEE — It’s getting to be Dark Side time.
The Dark Side Festival, an event celebrating outdoor sports in the Wenatchee Valley, will be held from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.
Like last year, the festival will feature evening mountain bike ride, trail run, hike, followed by live music from the Massy Ferguson band and Gavin McLaughlin, a beer garden and food. Read More
WENATCHEE — AdventureWenatchee will begin offering guided recreation tours in the Wenatchee Valley the week of June 29. The tours will include mountain biking and hiking the Wenatchee Foothills and cycling the Apple Capital Loop Trail.
Guided mountain bike tours will showcase the Wenatchee Foothills, with specific focus on the Horse Lake Reserve. These three-hour tours will be led by a professional, trained guide and will lead guests through the trail system, with scheduled stops at specific vantage points. Read More
By Steve Maher
CASHMERE — Anthony Skierkiewicz came hurtling down the path Sunday with about a mile to go in the Red Devil 25-Kilometer Trail Run, in hot pursuit of leader Peter Graf who had disappeared out of sight.
Before they could answer, “About 40 yards,” the Wenatchee athlete swept by, showing no ill-effects from the long-distance run in the Wenatchee National Forest nor Sunday’s warm weather. Read More
By Steve Maher
WENATCHEE — RunWenatchee will move up the start time of its Red Devil Challenge 25K Trail Run this Sunday, May 31, one hour to 8 a.m. due to unseasonably warm temperatures forecast for the region. The event’s 10K will still start at 9 a.m.
Both races start and finish at the Sandcreek Trailhead, located 10 miles south of Cashmere in the Wenatchee National Forest. Read More