A unique four-leg event called the Wallowa Alpenrace will launch its first official race at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the beach at the south end of Wallowa Lake.

The race consists of 5.5K (about 3.6 miles) paddling on either a paddle board or in a kayak, 31K (19.6 miles) in a bicycle road ride, 25K (15.4 miles) mountain trail biking; and 10K (6.2 miles) in a finale trail run.

The rugged Alpenrace, which finishes at the tram at the foot of Mt. Howard, is expected to take from four to six hours to complete. Though not an official Alpenfest event, the race is being held in conjunction with Alpenfest and awards will be presented during the Saturday evening show at Edelweiss Inn.

So far about 25 people, including both individuals and teams, are signed up to take part, and registration is open until race time Saturday. The entry fees is by donation. Those who would to take part are asked to call race directors Jonathan Monschke, 208-720-2287, or Scott Miller, 541-490-5628, or register at 8 a.m. Saturday at the launch site.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Miller said.

He said that last year five people took place in a test run of the course, with the idea of expanding it and organizing it better this year. He is unaware of a race like this one anywhere else, though there may be one, he said.

A pre-race meeting and social is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, for all participants at the Monschke home; call for address and other information.

Spectators will probably get their best views of the race when paddlers launch and cross the length of Wallowa Lake, when bicyclists bike down Joseph’s Main Street and when the runners cross the finish line at Wallowa Lake Tramway.

For a map of the course and race details, visit www.alpenrace.org.

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