Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
A road race to celebrate the Oktoberfest festival in this Washington town set in the central part of the state, the Leavenworth Marathon and Half Marathon combines city streets with the rolling hills of the area’s scenic country roads, within view of the Wenatchee National Forest and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.
The race takes runners through Washington’s “Bavarian village” of Leavenworth, whose architecture and building styles are designed to make visitors feel as if they’re walking through an Alpine town in Austria or Germany, with views of the mountains all around.
Runners will be able to take in plenty of the shops, restaurants and downtown areas both before and during the race, which will take them through downtown Leavenworth and along the trails that wind through Waterfront Park along the river.
Runners in the full marathon and the half marathon will start the race in different places — those running the full will start their 26.2-mile course west of town on County Highway 76, while those running the half marathon will start at the race finish line, near the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Runners will run a loop through the Icicle Canyon the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth through wooded riverfront trails.
From there, the half marathon route makes a counter-clockwise loop around the city, largely along the banks of the river and Icicle Creek, and much of the course unfolds along the edges of the mountain valley, as the town sits next to Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.
Most of the race is run on paved roads, but portions of the course take runners off-road and onto dirt trails, especially the roughly mile-long stretch that winds through Waterfront Park, along the Wenatchee near downtown Leavenworth.
The rest of the race features mostly gently rolling hills. The race begins at about 1,100 feet above sea level and reaches its highest point between miles 7 and 8, when the course climbs about 100 feet in elevation. Following this peak, the race is largely flat toward the finish.
Marathon runners will run the last few miles of the course a 2nd time before finishing.
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