Friday, January 14, 2011

Yakima River Canyon Marathon & Bike Ride

Run A 26.2 mile marathon , take a bike ride with the family and enjoy the views along the way.
The Yakima River Canyon, framed by sheer basalt rock cliffs, rising 2,000 feet above the river. You will find the densest concentration of nesting hawks, eagles and falcons in the state, and the endangered basalt daisy, growing only in the Yakima River Canyon. The canyon is known for excellent Blue Ribbon fly fishing. In the summertime many float down the river on inner tubes, kayak or rafting for a relaxing and refreshing time. The Bureau of Land Management maintains campsites along the canyon and charges a minimal overnight fee for camping. The Umptanum Recreation area features a hike across the suspension foot bridge over the Yakima River into the scenic canyon area.

Ellensburg to Selah, WA
Saturday April 2, 2011 8:00 am

The Yakima River Canyon Marathon, Saturday April 2, 2011 is a scenic point-to-point marathon course offering spectacular views of the Yakima River Canyon. Starting on Canyon Road .2 mile south of the Berry Road intersection in Ellensburg, Washington, the course follows the Yakima River downstream. The asphalt surfaced highway finishes in rural Selah, Washington, bringing runners to the Yakima Valley orchard and ranch country. The Yakima River Canyon Marathon is the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles and is USATF certified.

Race Headquarters: Selah Civic Center 216 South 1st Street Selah, WA

Runner Testimonial...
"A marathon that you really should consider for the whole weekend's experience is the Yakima River Canyon. It simply beats any other marathon experience PERIOD...not ready for a marathon, who cares? There are many, many slow runners and walkers and they are as well embraced, perhaps more so, than the front runners.
You'll rub elbows with many wide-eyed first timers and many knurly veterans that will astound middle of the packers, back of the packers, all equals at the end of the day."

Attend the Awards Ceremony and Pasta Feed with guest speaker Dick Beardsley: International best selling author and motivational speaker.

Relax after the exhilarating race with new friends, attend a show at Selah’s' newest venue, Carmen’s Comedy Club or Expore downtown Yakima, enjoy live music, wine tasting and art gallery walk.

Your Canyon For A Day! Bike Tour

They are closing down the Yakima River canyon for you and your family to take a ride on your bikes and enjoy the scenery!
Sunday May 22, 2011 9:00am to 3:00pm
A perfect ride for the whole family!

A 35-mile round trip ride, a great family event, riding through the scenic Yakima River Canyon. The road follows the Yakima River up a gentle grade with few hills. The highway will be closed to thru- traffic. PRE-REGISTER before May 1, 2011 to get your a free t-shirt mailed to you..

Begin the ride from either the South-Yakima end of the canyon or on the North-Ellensburg end of the canyon. The staging area is at the Roza Recreation Site at milepost 7 on SR 821 for those coming from the South-Yakima end.

Enjoy the beauty of the canyon with your family!

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