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

Another bad fire season looms


By Kyle Almekinder

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley and surrounding areas have been the epicenter for several disastrous wildfires in recent memory. The 2012 Wenatchee Complex, 2013 Colockum Tarps, and 2014 Mills Canyon, Chiwaukum Complex and Carlton Complex fires have stressed the region’s ecology, people and way of life.

Through months of hard work and community outreach, we were able to overcome these terrible natural disasters. Read More

Ride of Silence to be held in Wenatchee


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — The annual Ride of Silence will be held at 7 p.m. May 20, beginning at Pybus Public Market and continuing in a slow procession around the city.

The free ride asks participants to move no faster than 10 mph and to remain silent during the procession — all as a way to honor those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways, and to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to public roadways. Read More


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — Barry Hodges put his foot down — literally — and never looked back in capturing the Horse Lake Half-Marathon Trail Run men’s title on Saturday morning in the Wenatchee Foothills.

The Cashmere runner completed the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 36 minutes and 30 seconds to beat runner-up Butch Lane of Wenatchee by more than 13 minutes. Jared Purcell of Farmington, N.M., was third in 1:54:13. Read More


By Steve Maher

RunWenatchee is adding a new twist to this Saturday’s Horse Lake Trail Runs — a new half-marathon course that will have runners doing a complete loop of the Horse Lake Reserve for the first time.

The new route incorporates the upper stretches of the Apricot Crisp Trail, which means half-marathoners will no longer have to double back on their original route.

Both the half-marathon trail run and the 5-mile trail run begin at 9 a.m. Read More

Tour de Bloom enjoys record weekend


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — With a record field on hand, Nigel Kinney captured the men’s general classification pro title at the Tour de Bloom Omnium over the weekend, while Sara Poidevin did the same on the women’s pro side.

Kinney, who races for the Vancouver, B.C.,-based Langlois Brown Racing team, finished with 302 points in the pro category 1/2. The points were awarded based on finishes in the Mission Ridge Hill Climb Race and Downtown Wenatchee Criterium on Saturday and the Waterville Road Race on Sunday. Read More

NW cyclists descend on Wenatchee


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — Tour de Bloom Omnium will welcome more than 270 cyclists from around the Northwest for this weekend’s annual races in the Greater Wenatchee Area.

The event shifts into gear with the Hill Climb Race on Saturday morning from Squilchuck State Park to Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. Riders will then descend on downtown Wenatchee for the Criterium Race on Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Read More

Introducing the Wenatchee Urban Mile Run


By Steve Maher

The mile run has made a resurgence around the country, and what better place to get that mile in than the closed-off streets in downtown Wenatchee during the final weekend of the Apple Blossom Festival.

The all-ages Wenatchee Urban Mile will be held at 6:05 p.m., Saturday, May 2, during a break in the Tour de Bloom criterium cycling races. Runners will make two loops of the criterium course to complete their mile. Read More


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — When people partake in the April 17 Wenatchee Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, the precursor to the running race the next day, they will spot or hear several messages about cancer research.

Both events are put on by TedDriven, which is named for Wenatchee Marathon co-founder Ted Finegold, who died of cancer in 2010. The mother of another co-founder, Ian Crossland, also died of the disease several years ago. Read More

All paths lead to Mission Ridge Ski Team


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — Realizing her Montana ski team peers would soon be departing, Sylvie Coston began looking around last spring for a new program.

After graduating from his Michigan high school in June, Gunnar Lundteigen decided to put off college for a spell. He then zeroed in on a mountain where the ski runs would be long and challenging.

And Utah’s Brian Davidson made the same post-high school choice, before surveying the West for a high-level ski program with athletes his age. Read More

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