The 34th annual Sunflower Trail Marathon will be held on May 10, 2014. Run 26.2 miles from Mazama to Twisp through fields of bright yellow sunflowers, deer trails, bike routes, cow paths, forests, back roads and paved roads. Participate as an individual or as a 2-5-person relay team.
The course begins at 1900 ft. elevation in Mazama dropping to 1600 ft. in Twisp, and it delivers beautiful views of the North Cascades, Chelan Sawtooths, and Methow River. With over 500 runners in the field, it’s the biggest recreational event in Methow Valley.
Each leg offers a different level of difficulty, so relay team members can have varying levels of experience. Families often run together and kids are welcome. The only requirement is that runners must be able to run the course within 6 hours, by 2:30 pm.
Shuttle transportation is included with your entry fee, as well as your race bib, packet, and lunch catered by Twisp River Pub. Food is for participants only, so bring a picnic lunch for friends and family. Kids 17 and younger race for free. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, snacks, and chairs for hanging out after the race. An award ceremony featuring awards made by local potter Jim Neupert will be held at 1:30 at the finish line venue.
Since the course is on private property donated for one-day use, please don’t test the course or run it after the event. Also, due to livestock, dogs are not allowed.
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is an organization that manages over 120 miles of trail systems in Methow Valley. These trails are considered among the best in North America for Nordic skiing, trail running, horseback riding, snowshoeing, hiking, and mountain biking. The MVSTA trails were the first in the area to allow fat bikes, which has become a popular winter activity in the area. Methow Valley is a recreation-based community offering an elaborate trail network of all-season trails surrounded by over a million acres of wilderness. The Community Trail, a 32-kilometer trail connecting Mazama with Winthrop, is the central trail corridor.
For directions and more information, head to the MVSTA Website.