In celebration of finding friendship through the trail running community, we are creating a ladies weekend in Walla Walla. April 9, 2022 will be a 6 hour woman’s race. Some of the proceeds of this event will go towards Trail Sisters. In 2014 I met Claire Walla in LA while coordinating the Trail Running Film Fest tour. I was so surprised to see another Walla on the list that I had to investigate. No, we are not related but we discovered we are the true definition of Trail Sisters. We have logged lots of miles, shared countless stories, and laugh often. We have always joked we need to visit Walla Walla, Washington one day….well, it’s happening and we are going big!
SOLD OUT, WAITLIST STARTED. Registration will open to the public Tuesday, November 9 on Ultrasignup. The cost is $85 through January 11; after January 11, it is $95. Space is limited to 100 runners, and there will be a waitlist. REGISTER HERE.
2021 Results are now posted on Ultrasignup and photos are available to download for free courtesy of Taryn Graham. Everyone will receive some Trail Sisters and Walla Trails swag and a raffle ticket for bigger prizes, and participants who run/hike all 6 hours will receive a Trail Sisters trucker hat (there will be different ones to choose from). The woman who completes the most amount of loops in 6 hours will receive a Walla Walla weekend gift basket – more to come but think wines, free stay lodging, etc. If there is a tie for most amount of loops, the woman who crosses the finish-line first will receive the gift basket.
Course //Aid Station
The course will follow the Whitetail Trail which is a 5 mile outer loop around Bennington Lake. It’s mostly double track trail with a few single track sections. The elevation gain is around 370ft per loop. Here is a map of the Bennington Lake trail system.
Aid Station – 2022 update
We will have standard aid station food like potato chips, gels, gummies, etc plus some of our favorite go-tos (like peanut butter and pickle wraps!). We will update with more specifics along with COVID serving policies when we get closer to the event.
Your Entry Helps Support Trail Sisters
Trail Sisters is an important platform for women in trail running and building community. Not only have we met other women to run with through Trail Sisters, but there are numerous articles pertaining to women on the trails. From women’s safety to periods to equal rights in trail racing, there is no topic off limits. We want to support founder Gina Lucrezi who has made women supporting women through trail running her full time gig. Case in point – Claire and I met some Trail Sisters while running in Walla Walla in November – Walla Walla local Gina Ohnstad recognized our TS hats and is now helping us on the ground with this event!
Bergevin Lane Vineyards – wine sponsor
We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Annette Bergevin, the General Manager and Founding Partner of Bergevin Lane Vineyards. Claire and I were able to confirm Bergevin wines are top notch on a scouting trip in November 2019. While it’s not likely we can gather for a post-race celebration at the winery, we will be brainstorming with Annette on how to provide their highly rated wines for a discounted price for Walla Walla 6 Hour participants. Stay tuned!
There are several businesses, local and nationwide, that are supporting Walla Walla 6 Hour!
- Graze – The place to go for sandwiches in Walla Walla for sandwiches! Graze will donating a gift card and some swag to the winner’s basket. We are brainstorming ways for Walla Walla 6 Hour runners to enjoy the delicious offerings for free or at a discounted rate.
Colville Street Patisserie – Best bakery in town and a great place to stop for coffee! Colville Street Patisserie will be providing gift cards to the winner of most miles and a few other lucky runners who will randomly be selected.
Krissy Moehl’s New Edition of “Running Your First Ultra” – The winner of most miles will get a sign copy of Krissy’s Moehl’s New Edition of “Running Your First Ultra” along with one lucky raffle winner. Krissy is an ultra trail runner with many wins under her belt buckle(s), speaker, author, coach, a true Trail Sister, and more. Learn more about Krissy at https://linktr.ee/krissymoehl.
Lily Trotters – We love these compression socks for running and travel so we are thrilled Lily Trotters is donating 10 pairs to raffle! There will also be a pair reserved for the winner of the Walla Walla 6 Hour.
PHOTOS FROM 2021: https://gallery.taryngrahamphoto.com/wallawalla6hr/ Please give Taryn credit for photos shared on social media!
We are excited to have Taryn Graham capture the weekend for us! Taryn is a well rounded photographer who has completed many ultra marathons herself. It’s always a joy having her shooting races and we love her work! Check out her website: https://taryngrahamphoto.com/
Schedule (updated November 2022):
Saturday, April 9th, 2021 – 8:00am start – 2:00pm finish. There will be at least 2-3 waves to help spread runners out. More to come as we get closer to the event.
From the WTA website regarding Bennington Lake: From Walla Walla, drive Highway 12 east for 4.6 miles to the Airport Way Exit. Turn right to travel across Isaac Avenue onto Tausick Way passing Walla Walla Community College on the left. Make a left onto Reservoir Road, and drive 1.6 miles to the parking area for Bennington Lake. You will pass two other parking areas on the drive that access trails along Mill Creek. Restrooms are available, and parking for horse trailers as well as cars and trucks.
We are looking for a lodging partner that will offer runners a decent discount and safe experience. Check back in February 2022. There are also several great Airbnbs offerings with free cancellations.
Q&A // Rules
- What is Walla Trails doing to keep runners safe pre-event, during the event, and post-event? We will follow the Governor’s guidelines for outdoor events. We recommend that you read over this document. Here are some of the key safety measures:
- Volunteers will be pre-screened before the event with questions and a temperature check
- All volunteers will wear masks and gloves during check-in and at the aid station
- There will be two portable hand-washing stations at the start/finish/aid station area
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the start/finish/aid station area
- Social distance of six feet or more will be maintained when possible
- What is Walla Trails asking runners to do pre-event, during the event, and post-event? Here are some of the key safety measures we need all runners to follow:
- Stay home if not feeling well
- Runners will wear a face covering at the start, and during the event when coming within 6 feet of volunteers or other runners
- Please use hand washing stations or hand sanitizer as soon as you arrive, after you use the restroom, and after you finish the race
- Travel and stay with family or those in your social distancing circle.
- Are spectators allowed? TBD. We hope family and friends can help cheer you on but we won’t know as we get closer to the event due to COVID and public use.
- Are men allowed to register and run the 6 hour? In the spirit of celebrating our vision of making this a ladies weekend, the inaugural year will feature a women’s only race.
- Are dogs welcome? 2022 UPDATE – YES because we love having four legged friend join our events but dogs MUST be on a leash and like other dogs and people. If your dog enjoys running freely and can be grouchy with other animals or people, this event is not for your doggo.
- Can I camp at Bennington Lake Friday or Saturday night? No because access to the lake closes at 10:00pm.
- Are there refunds? Yes:
- 50% refund by January 31
- No refunds on or after February 1