With different state & county Covid guidelines and various levels of comfort racing in-person, we want to offer an alternative to the in-person Twilight 12 Hour event on April 24-25, 2021. In true Twilight 12 Hour tradition, run as much or as little as you want on a course close to home and have a chance to win some prizes!

A typical Twilight 12 Hour year. Video by Ryan Thrower

The What

Run SAFELY (see rules below) any time starting at 7pm Saturday, April 24 until 7am Sunday, April 25. Just like Twilight 12 Hour, run as much or as little as you like in that given time frame. For those looking to be competitive, there’s a chance to win a stay at Flying Horseshoe’s Log Cabin – keep reading for more details!


Registration opens January 13th via Ultrasignup. Cost is $30 + tax/fees. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Flying Horseshoe Ranch. Everyone will receive a Walla Trails & Community special Twilight 12 edition coaster by Paul Clement/Elastic Laser. The design is by Lariat Creative who designed the original Walla Trails & Community logo. Virtual event runners will also receive priority registration for 2022. REGISTER HERE.


  • 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. Prize worth: $310
  • 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. Prize worth: $310 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!
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

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

Q&A // Rules

  • How do you track results? You will need to figure out a way to document your run via Garmin, Strava, fancy watch, etc. Ultrasignup has designed a feature so participants can upload a link from their Garmin, Strava, etc. and include one photo. There will be an email sent the event week with a link of where to upload your route and photo. Everyone will also need to submit one photo from your route. If you are only interested in trying to win most miles, you still need to submit a photo of your route so bring your phone.
  • Is there a minimum amount of running/hiking? What if I want to run over 12 hours? A run/hike between 30 minutes and 12 hours will be accepted for results and the photo contest.
  • Can I run with more than one person? Yes, as of now based on the WA Phases of Reopening. Please be mindful of other trail users and wear a mask or buff.
  • RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE – As we know in this unprecedented time, things can change day by day. We will communicate any updates or changes based on recommendations by our State’s government.
  • One Run/Submission Per Person – IMPORTANT – make sure your watch, phone, or tracking system records your run. It is based on time, not your moving time. It is okay if you have to submit more than one link.
  • Questions? Email Gretchen at wallatrails@gmail.com