On March 21, I got up at 4am to go for a run. I am not a morning person like I once was but found myself exhilarated to be running in the dark and then watching the sky slowly morph to a beautiful sunrise. It made me think of Twilight 12 Hour – sad at first, then curious how many people would be up to join me for a sunset/night/sunrise run on April 25/26….

A typical Twilight 12 Hour year. Video by Ryan Thrower

The What

Run solo SAFELY (see rules below) any time starting at 7pm Saturday, April 25 until 7am Sunday, April 26 . Just like Twilight 12 Hour, run as much or as little as you like in that given time frame! If you are interested in winning a stay at Flying Horseshoe Ranch’s Log Cabin, want free beer, and a free entry into a 2021 Walla Trails & Community, submit your route and photo via Ultrasignup (NEW- you do not need to create a Strava account to be eligible for prizes! ) by midnight April 27th. Winners will be announced later that week and will receive an email on how to claim their prizes.

Registration

Registration is open April 1st-24th via Ultrasignup. Cost is $5 + tax/fees. Proceeds will be donated to Flying Horseshoe Ranch.

Prize Categories – YOU DO NOT NEED TO RUN ALL 12 HOURS TO BE ELIGIBLE!

  • Most miles – In true Twilight 12 Hour fashion, there will be a king AND queen of miles. Whoever runs the most amount of miles SAFELY (see rules below) will win a night (or two depending on the season!) at Flying Horseshoe Ranch’s Log Cabin, a gift card to Mule & Elk Brewery, and a free entry into a Walla Trails & Community event in 2021. Total prize worth up to $650
  • Photo contest – Not a fan of running at night or solo or either? Submit your favorite photo with your route! You are still eligible for the same prize – a night (or two depending on the season!) at Flying Horseshoe Ranch’s Log Cabin, a gift card to Mule & Elk Brewery, a free entry into a Walla Trails & Community event in 2021. Total prize worth $650. Photo ideas:
    • Sunset photo – EXAMPLE – run 7pm-7:30pm on April 25 and catch a beautiful sunset
    • Sunrise photo – EXAMPLE – run 6:30am-7:00am on April 26th and catch a sunrise instead
    • Creative selfie – no sun that weekend? Submit a funny selfie. Or your dog. Or run in a costume….
    • Or whatever you see on your evening or morning run – be creative!
    • Judges! – Ma, Pa, and Gretchen Walla. I want some non-runner/non-bias opinions.
  • Most creative route – We suspect that options of where to run SAFELY will be limited so creativity needs to be recognized. Most creative route gets the same prize – a night (or two depending on the season!) at Flying Horseshoe Ranch’s Log Cabin, a gift card to Mule & Elk Brewery, a free entry into a Walla Trails & Community event in 2021. Total prize worth $650. Route ideas:
    • Spell out _______ in your Strava route – I don’t know how people do this but it’s fun to see!
    • Have your kids create the route – This may be a way for them to get back at you….
    • Promote your favorite business – Have a favorite _______ business ____ miles away? Run to it, snap a photo, and share why it’s the best.
    • Judges! – Ma, Pa, and Gretchen Walla. I want some non-runner/non-bias opinions.
Flying Horseshoe Ranch log cabin – no matter what time of year you stay, it’s magical
Soaking in the early spring sun, 2017

About Flying Horseshoe Ranch // Mule & Elk Brewery

I started going to Flying Horseshoe Ranch when I was a camp counselor for the YMCA of Greater Seattle back in 2008 and then took over the YMCA’s horse camp in 2013. I watched countless kids and staff fall in love with this ranch every summer. I was thrilled when owner Penny Blackburn agreed to let me hold a night run in 2016 – now Twilight 12 Hour. This ranch has touched the lives of so many people over the years through camps, weddings, family reunions, 4-H groups, and so many more. The cost to run a guest ranch of this quality is mind-boggling. Join me in helping offset some of those costs in these difficult times!

Gretchen with a happy camper, 2014

I met Seth and Stacy Miller at Basecamp Book in Roslyn in 2017. It was trivia night and they invited me to join their team. I don’t believe I knew a single answer but they befriended me anyway! It turns out that Seth is part of the team that created Mule & Elk Brewery and we started to partner for trail running events. My parents, friends, and I love the beer and their cool taproom. Let’s keep a quality brewery going in downtown Cle Elum!

How Rad Is This?

I am excited to share that everyone who registers for Twilight 12 Hour Virtual Run can receive a Walla Trails magnet for FREE courteous of Paul Clement. Paul is a teacher in Bellingham who happens to do beautiful woodwork on the side for local events, and made magnets for runners participating in Hamster Endurance Runs last year. After Paul saw the first two Walla Trails events were cancelled, Paul reached out and asked if could DONATE magnets for Twilight 12 Virtual. Heck yes! I invite you to check out more of Paul’s work here.

How do you receive a Walla Trails magnet for FREE? Easy! Register for Twilight 12 Hour Virtual and then send wallatrails@gmail.com an email to confirm your mailing address (Ultrasignup does not always have updated addresses on file). You do not need to submit a route to receive one, just register/donate via Ultrasignup!

Some More Rad….

Ultrarunner and coach Krissy Moehl is doing a route that passes several businesses in her neighborhood and wanted to show them a little love during her Twilight run. She designed a card, shared it with me, and welcomes anyone to use it (just make sure it’s secure and doesn’t become garbage!).  I absolutely love the idea if you plan on passing some businesses on your run. Huge thank you to Jeff Boggs owner of Trail Butter for creating Krissy’s vision for anyone to use!

Rules:

  • PLEASE BE SMART ABOUT YOUR ROUTE – I know planning a safe solo route at dusk/night/dawn could be tricky given the current circumstances. It is also based on people’s comfort level. Twilight 12 Hour was created for people to practice night running in a safe and fun environment. This feels like the opposite of that so here are a few ideas that count (and would get some serious props for doing):
    • Neighborhood block loops
    • Neighborhood hill repeats (OOF)
    • A local trail that isn’t closed – it’s a DNF if you run in an area that isn’t open to the public. This also includes city park trails that are typically closed at night. Look for an email Saturday morning (the day of the event) for reminders and updates.
    • This is not the time to push yourself and take risks. Please don’t choose a route that’s way beyond your means and hurt yourself – BE SMART AND SAFE.
    • ADDED 4/10 – TREADMILLS RUN ARE ACCEPTED. You will not be eligible for the most miles award but can submit for the photo contest or creative route award. I am not sure how you get creative on a treadmill but hey, surprise me.
  • Solo Running Only – If you run with your spouse, kids, or roommate, that’s fine but only one submission per family. Running partners/buddies do not count.
  • NEW – Your route link and photo can be uploaded via Ultrasignup so you do NOT need to create a Strava account to be eligible for awards. An email will be sent Saturday, April 25 morning with where to upload. I did a test trial and it was easy!
  • One Route/Submission Per Person
  • Running In Another Time Zone – If you are running in another state or country, rad! Start at 7pm your time on Saturday, April 25 and/or stop at 7am, Sunday April 26 your time. People should experience the sunset or sunrise according to their time zone.
  • Pick Your Favorite Photo to Submit – One photo per person. Caption or story behind the photo is welcome!
  • One Prize Per Person – If you run a creative 100k route and submit an amazing photo, AWESOME. But just one Flying Horseshoe Ranch stay/free beer/Walla Trails entry for you.
  • Questions? Email Gretchen at wallatrails@gmail.com