Race Preview: 2017 Wings & Wheels Half Marathon (Scappoose)

Airplanes, cars, motorcycles, pancakes, beer, coffee, kids activities, dance party…AND running? The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce doesn’t leave anything out when it comes to the Wings & Wheels Half Marathon!

The 7th annual Wings & Wheel event is happening on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Scappoose Airpark. In addition to the half marathon, there will be a cruise-in for bikes, cars, and trucks, a fly-in, military vehicles, a beer garden (hosted by Columbia County Brewing), vendors, food booths, and more.

This is the second year for the half marathon, and it will start at 7:30 am. Runners will be treated with a great loop course with views of Mt. Hood and 4 aid stations. There will be finisher medals for everyone and top finisher as well as age category awards. They have a generous time limit of 3.5 hours.

RunOregon blogger Kelly gave us the inside scoop in her post about last year’s event:

“[Race director] Marks said that the organizing committee has designed the festival (including the run) to be beneficial to a number of community groups. “The Columbia Pacific Food Bank handles the gate for us and we ask that attendees and participants bring a donation, food or cash, as a donation,” Marks explains. “The Scappoose HS Girls Rugby team handles the parking and collects tips; last year they made nearly $800 and we hope it is much higher this year.” Those are only two of the Scappoose-area organizations that are supported by this event, which is hosted by the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and is its largest annual fundraiser.

Another new addition to the day-long festival is a tricycle parade. I think that’s all the reason I need to finally get my daughter a bike with training wheels! Other fun activities include a cruise-in, a fly-in, a “hangar dance” thanks to Hit Machine, a beer garden, lots of food, raffles, and so much for kids and kids at heart.”

Come to Scappoose and join the fun!

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM
Where: Scappoose Airport | 34020 Skyway Drive Scappoose, OR
Price: $60 (or $40 if you’re a student)
Registration: Online
Fee includes: Pre-post race festivities, chip timing, 4 aid stations, pancake breakfast, free pint (for runners 21+) and beer garden entry, finisher’s medal, awards, and all other activities as part of the Wings & Wheels event

You can stay up to date on their Facebook page, as well!

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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