Race Preview: Bridge of the Gods 10k and Half (Cascade Locks)

Bridge of the Gods

The Bridge of the Gods half marathon and 10k/5k race takes place on Sunday, August 7th in Cascade Locks. This race is beautiful, and participation is capped at 2,000 registrants. The start line for all distances is on the Washington side of the Bridge of the Gods. Since there is no parking at the start, participants will park their cars at the finish line and take a shuttle bus north across the bridge.

The course for this run is gorgeous and rather straightforward: Runners and walkers start their race by crossing the Bridge of the Gods and then join the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway heading towards the west. The path winds through old growth forest, offering cooling shade even in August. 10k participants will find their turnaround point at Eagle Creek, and the half marathon keeps going past Bonneville Dam to the turnaround point just east of Warrendale. The course is very well supported with ten aid stations on the half marathon course and six on the 10k course.

After returning back to Cascade Locks, runners pass under the Bridge of the Gods and head straight to the finish on Thuder Island. At the finish line party, participants will be able to listen to music and enjoy lunch drinks from Thunder Island Brewing Company. Spectators and other non-participants can buy lunch tickets as well.

The race is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. The half marathon has a course limit of 5 hours. Strollers are permitted on the 10k only, since the half marathon course includes some stairs. Dogs are not allowed at this race.

Race Day Schedule

  • 5:30-7am  Packet Pickup at Marine Park
  • 6:00-7:30am Bus transport to the start
  • 8am Start of the Half Marathon
  • 8:30am Start of the 10K
  • 10:30am Post Event Lunch
  • 11am 10K Run Awards
  • 11:30am Half Marathon Awards

Note: There is no parking at the starting line of this event. Shuttle busses will take participants the 1 mile distance from the Parking Area/Finish to the Starting Line on the Washington side of the bridge- shuttles will run from 6am till 7:30am. Please leave plenty of time to make the trip over!

Bridge of the Gods Run details:
When: Sunday, August 7th
Where: Cascade Locks, OR (Map)
What: 5k, 10k, half marathon
Registration: online here or mail in
Registration cost: 5k/10k – $55, Half – $85 until August 1st. Thereafter, add $10.
Registration includes: Chip timed race entry, event tech shirt, finish line lunch.
Packet Pickup: Friday August 5th 3pm – 8pm: The North Face- Portland; 1202 NW Davis; Portland Oregon 97209
Saturday August 6th 4pm – 7pm: Thunder Island Brewing; 515 NW Portage Way; Cascade Locks, Oregon
Sunday August 7th 5:30am – 7am: Cascade Locks School; 300 Wa Na Pa Street; Cascade Locks, Oregon

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