A stunningly beautiful course in the scenic town of Leavenworth, Washington. Marathoners will start near the renowned Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Runners will run a fast course that begins with a 10 mile journey through Icicle Canyon, transitions to trails along the Icicle River, passes through the National Fish Hatchery to East Leavenworth Road, crossed the bridge into the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth to follow wooded riverfront parks and trails, eventually meeting up with Icicle Road, which leads back to one more trip around the Icicle River trails and to the Finish and roar of the crowd at the Hatchery and event center. In this amazing course, runners will encounter a mix of asphalt, dirt roads and trails. Surrounded by impressive mountains, participants might see salmon spawning in the rivers or four legged creatures cheering from the edge of the wild!
The marathon is limited to runners who will complete the course within the six hour time limit, due to course restrictions. Walkers are welcome in the half marathon category. The half marathon course is open for four hours.
Leavenworth is Washington’s “Bavarian Village” located 2 hours east of the Puget Sound bordering the Wenatchee National Forest and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Oktoberfest is Leavenworth’s biggest festival of the year with 3 weeks of music, parades, food (and of course, beverages) and activities for children and adults. A great race will only be part of your unique experience on race weekend!
We are very proud of the partnerships we have forged with the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Forest Service, Washington State Department of Transportation, Chelan County, the City of Leavenworth, and our friends and neighbors in Leavenworth, without whom this event would not be possible.
Support Cancer Research
The Leavenworth Marathon is operated by TedDriven, an organization that supports cancer research and local charities. Cancer research is a special interest of the directors. Everyone knows someone who has suffered through cancer, and your race directors, Lynda, Wendy & Ian, have all been directly impacted and are committed to doing their part to fight the disease. TedDriven donates proceeds from the Leavenworth Marathon to the cancer biology lab at University of Pennsylvania. This lab is making amazing progress in fighting solid tumors genetically. Please check back for updates from the lab on their progress.
7:00 am: Marathon — top of Icicle Canyon (load bus at 5:45am at fish hatchery)
9:00 am: Half Marathon — fish hatchery
Register BEFORE September 1, 2019 to guarantee your shirt! Registrations received after 9/1 are not guaranteed a shirt or specific size, although we will try to accommodate all participants.
Fees include: Official race gender specific sized tech shirt, finisher’s medal, age group awards, post-race fruit, cookies, muffins, water, sports drink, course support (water, sports drink, gel, and first aid), accurate computer chip timing.
Refund policy: We have a uniform policy NO REFUNDS, TRANSFERS, ROLLOVERS or MEDICAL COMPS. We understand that issues come up, but we feel it is unfair to draw an arbitrary line of which situations merit a refund and which do not. Thanks for understanding.
Registration closing date: Day of race
Race Day Info
Printable Race Day Info PDF available in September.
Start times: Saturday, October 3, 2020.
Marathon - 7 am (see shuttle information below)
Half - 9 am
Packet Pick-up & Registration
Packet pick-up and registration will be held at the U.S. National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth:
7921 East Leavenworth Road, Leavenworth WA 98826
Friday, October 2nd:
4:30 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 3rd:
Marathon - 5:30 to 6:00 am
Half - 7:30 to 8:30 am
Free parking is available at the Fish Hatchery (entering from E. Leavenworth Road). Important: Please access packet pick-up and arrive for the event via the East Leavenworth Road north gate to the hatchery. Access via Fish Hatchery Road will be closed. The easiest route from Highway 2 is to take Icicle Road to East Leavenworth Road. Turn left on E. Leavenworth Road, travel several hundred yards and turn right into the large parking lot. Packet pick-up and registration will be in the first building you see entering the hatchery. In addition, the southbound lane of East Leavenworth Rd will be closed at 8 AM on race day. Please access the half marathon start by taking Icicle Road to East Leavenworth Rd as described above.
Mandatory Marathon Shuttle
Marathon runners will park at the Fish Hatchery. A mandatory shuttle bus will be provided to the start, approximately 10 miles up Icicle Road. Shuttle buses will leave the hatchery when full starting at 5:45 am, with the last shuttle departing at 6:15 am. There will not be a bus leaving after 6:15 am and private cars will not be permitted at the start as parking is unavailable and to ensure the safety of all participants.
Photos will be taken by ENMOTIVE and will be available to view and purchase after the event.
Maps are available below under “Course.” Directional signs will be placed throughout the course. Dirt/gravel sections will also be marked by flour on the trails. Participants are personally responsible for knowing and following the course.
Participants shirts will be available for pick up during registration/packet pick-up on Friday afternoon and on Saturday after the race. Shirts are gender specific sized tech shirts.
Finisher medals for both the half and marathon will be awarded at the finish line.
Age-group awards will be given to the top three male/female finishers. Overall, male/female winners of the marathon and half marathon will also receive awards.
11 am: Marathon and half marathon overall winners
12 pm: Marathon and half marathon age group awards
Purchase a TedDriven or Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon running hat, beanie or t-shirt at packet pick-up or the finisher area. We will also be selling prior year shirts and glassware at great prices.
Aid stations will be located every 2-3 miles. Each aid station will provide water and Scratch sports drink. GU Energy Gels will be available at approximately miles 10 and 21 for the marathon and mile 8 for the half marathon.
Ballard Ambulance will provide a finish line first aid tent and ambulance service.
Post Race Nutrition
Water, sports drink and snacks will be provided near the finish line for participants only. Please retain your race bib for access to the food and drinks.
We are very lucky to have a great team ready to make your race experience smooth and memorable. We are partnering with nearly one dozen local groups who will be using the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon as a fundraising event for their organization, team or cause. In addition, TedDriven remains firm in its commitment to providing financial support for cutting-edge cancer research and will be supporting the Abramson Family Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine again in 2020.
We are grateful to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Forest Service, Chelan County, the City of Leavenworth, and the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support and partnership.
What is your city or address?
All hotel space during Oktoberfest is limited in Leavenworth—reserve early. Our lodging sponsor for 2019 is Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Their location is adjacent to the race venue making it a great choice for your event weekend stay. Contact the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and they can tell you what other options are available. There is additional lodging in Wenatchee, a scenic 20 minute drive south. Contact the Wenatchee Visitors Bureau for lodging info in Wenatchee. There are also plenty of vacation homes and cabins around Lake Wenatchee, which are findable on the web with a Google search.