Race Preview: Columbia River Power Half Marathon

Have you ever run a race that spans two states? The Columbia River Power Half Marathon allows racers to run in both Oregon and Washington regardless of which distance you choose. The Columbia River Power Half Marathon has made some route changes, added an 8 mile distance, and eliminated the marathon for this year's race. The 2015 race promises to be an exciting race with all routes crossing the McNary Dam, something that the general public is generally not allowed to do!

Distance options for 2015 include a half marathon, half marathon relay, 8 mile, and 8K. Starting by the Big River Golf Course in Umatilla, Oregon, racers will descend to the river front and then cross the McNary Dam into Washington. Half marathon participants will loop through a small Washington town, into a tunnel and then return to Oregon via a pedestrian bridge along the Columbia River. On the Oregon side, half marathoners will run through a nature preserve, an industrial dock, and a beach park before ascending past timber yards, Big River Golf Course, and a residential pedestrian path to finish near the start in Umatilla. The 8K is an out and back course which will cross the McNary Dam twice (over to Washington and back) and return to the start/finish area.

Racers please note –  stopping on the dam for pictures is not allowed. Cameras will be confiscated (by McNary Dam) if this rule is not followed. However, pictures may be taken before or after crossing the dam. Also, be aware that no pets, strollers, bicycles, or rollerblades will be allowed at this race.

All distances are open to both runners and walkers, with the courses closing at noon, giving participants 4 hours to finish. Take advantage of this opportunity to run across the McNary Dam and run a 2 state race – something very few of us have had the chance to do!

Columbia River Power Half Marathon Details

Date: Saturday, October 3

Time: 8:00 A.M.

Location: Big River Golf Course, Umatilla, OR

Race Fees (through Sept. 15): $45 – Half marathon no shirt, $65 with shirt
$25 – 8K no shirt, $45 with shirt
$35 – 8 mile
$25 – Half marathon relay no shirt, $35 with shirt

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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