Race Preview: Run on the River Walk Half Marathon and 5k in Astoria

Just a few of the views you will have at the Inaugural Run on the River Walk!

Just a few of the views you will have at the Inaugural Run on the River Walk!

If you haven't been to Astoria recently, you are missing out. Sure, it may be a little rainy and more well known as being the "Goonies" town (I also recommend the book "The Killing Tide" as for a good murder mystery with Astoria as the backdrop), but it is truly a beautiful area - a true fusion of an old fishing community and new lovers of all things coffee and Craft beer. And now add a new half marathon to the mix.

The Run on the River Walk Half Marathon are added to the race calendar in a city that is best known for the Great Columbia Crossing 10k each October. This race will feature a flat and beautiful run along the Columbia River. There will be historical markers and giant ships cruising in to port along the trek.

astoria-run-on-the-river-medalI reached out to the race directors about the race course and some additional details, and what I received back sounded amazing.

Our course for our 5k will be starting and finishing at the 6th Street Viewing Platform (6th and Marine Drive) in Astoria.  Our 5K course will be an out and back, with runners running east on the Riverwalk past a historic cannery, past the Columbia River Maritime Museum and train depot, and the Mill Pond neighborhood all along the river.  There will be one aid station for 5k runners/walkers.The half marathon course will cover the entire length of the Riverwalk, and run into the historic Alderbrook neighborhood.  Runners will begin running west on the Riverwalk, under the Megler Bridge, past the Maritime Memorial to the end, and turning around to run eastwards past the start area, along the 5k course, past the east end mooring basin (and all the barking sea lions).  Runners will then take a side trail off into the west entrance to the Alderbrook neighborhood, turning around at Vera LaPlante park, and going back to the Riverwalk to finish the east trail, which will then run into the east entrance to the Alderbrook neighborhood for an out and back within the neighborhood (Dexter fans may recognize the home used in the series finale!) then runners will return back to the Riverwalk, looping one more time on the west Alderbrook path (benefitting twice from our aid station in the park) before heading back west to the finish.  There will be at least 5 opportunities for aid stations for participants, offering water at all and electrolytes at at least 2.  There will also be porta potties on the course.

Sounds like a winning combination to me. They will also be offering cash prizes for half marathon winners, prizes for 5k winners and age group winners, and other random goodness throughout the event.

Following the race, new (and great) beer company Buoy Beer Company (been there) will be providing a picnic style lunch for free and beers after the race for a small fee (worth it).

Run on the River Half Marathon and 5k Astoria)

When: Sunday, June 1st, 2014
3+hour finishers begin at 8:00 AM for the half marathon, all others begin at 9:00 AM

Register: Online here;

5K- $45 after May 1st
Half Marathon- $75 after May 1st

Tech shirts and medals for half marathon finishers; 5k can purchase medal if desired

About Matt Rasmussen (1600 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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