Mission Ridge will be the jump-off point for that annual rite of spring in the Wenatchee area known as the Ridge to River Relay April 19.

The event, which has been conducted for the past 28 years and serves as a fundraiser for a variety of local non-profit organizations, is a six-leg relay race involving cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, biking, kayaking or canoeing, and portage.

There are two race categories: The 35-mile traditional Wenatchee Course and the 20-mile Columbia Course, both of which start at Mission Ridge and end at Wenatchee's Walla Walla Point Park.

The Wenatchee Course starts with a 3-mile cross-country leg to the top of Mission Ridge resort, continues with a 2-mile ski/snowboard run back down to the main lodge, a 2.5-mile run to Squilchuck State Park, a 19-mile bike ride to Wenatchee River Park, a 9-mile canoe/kayak run to Walla Walla Point Park, and concludes with a half-mile portage sprint to the finish.

The Columbia Course follows the route as the Wenatchee Course up until the bike leg, which is 10 miles long and ends at Confluence State Park, where a 3-mile canoe/kayak to Walla Walla Point Park begins. The Columbia Course also concludes with the half-mile portage sprint.

Entry fee for the Ridge to River Relay is $180 per team (before April 9). There are other fee schedules for tandem, family, solo and youth entries. Details are online.