The Spokane River Run held each year on the trails at Riverside State Park is one of the oldest trail runs in the Northwest and a Spokane area tradition for many runners. It’s also one of the few all-volunteer-staffed races where all proceeds benefit non-profit causes, in this case the Garfield Elementary APPLE program. For many Spokane area runners, the Spokane River Run provides motivation to run all winter long. “We are blessed with unpredictable winters here in the Inland Northwest, and I have been using this event as training motivation for the last five years,” said 2017 racer and Trail Maniacs founder Dave Dutro.
With four solo distances (5k, 10k, 25k, 50k), a 25k “challenge” course, and a 50k team option, there is a distance for all ages and ability levels, and all of them tour through beautiful sections of Riverside State Park. All of the race options begin and end at the large Seven-Mile airstrip area, giving the event an inclusive, family-friendly grassroots race vibe. Finishers typically receive useful swag and enjoy excellent post-race food. Mark your calendar for April 22 and sign up at Spokaneriverrun.com. //
Feature photo: Courtesy of the Spokane River Run.