By Steve Maher
WENATCHEE — Get ready for a good dose of trail running.
RunWenatchee and AdventureWenatchee will host the international Trails In Motion Film Festival beginning at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
The evening will serve as the kickoff event for RunWenatchee’s annual Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series, which begins with the Horse Lake Trail Runs in the Wenatchee Foothills on May 9. Other runs in the series include the Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs in the Wenatchee National Forest south of Cashmere (May 31), the Dark Side Festival Trail Runs at Mission Ridge (Sept. 26), and the Oktoberfest Pumpkin Trail Runs at Leavenworth (Oct. 18)
“Trail running is such a big part of our region’s DNA and such a great way for people to get fit outdoors and to soak in our natural beauty,” said Joel Rhyner of RunWenatchee and AdventureWenatchee. “We also want to make trail running entertaining for people and what better way than a film festival. The films that are part of Trails in Motion are quite good and have received favorable reviews. The film fest not only creates an outlet for aspiring film makers in this genre, but it also brings together a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for the sport.
“It should be a really fun evening for everyone.”
The Wenatchee stop of Trails In Motion will feature the following flicks (for the film fest trailer, please click here):
— “Just Keep Running,” 9 minutes, New Zealand
— “Finding Traction,” 56 minutes, United States
— “An Idea,” 4 minutes, Switzerland
— “Why We Run,” 15 minutes, South Africa
— “Around Patagonia,” 18 minutes, United States
— “From the Trails,” 10 minutes, Japan
— “La Triple Corona,” 11 minutes, Mexico
— “For The Love,” 4 minutes, United States
— “Before He Wakes,” 3 minutes, United States.
RunWenatchee and AdventureWenatchee will give away swag during the evening as well as two free entries to any of the trail runs that are part of the Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and other local groups will be on hand to make short presentations.
Tickets are $8 online (available at http://trailsinmotionwenatchee.eventbrite.com) or $10 at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
RunWenatchee also will be serving beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.