In 2014, I was pregnant with my second son and itching to get back to running when I heard about the inaugural Bridge of the Goddess 10k & Half Marathon. I signed up for it and 4 months after my son was born, I found myself at the start line of the half marathon. It was one of my favorite race races ever, despite the fact that my body was not at it’s best then.
This year, the Bridge of the Goddess 10k and Half Marathon are on September 16th, and I’m all signed up, despite the fact that I have a very busy Summer/Fall race schedule as well as two kids going into school and a whole bunch of other stuff stacking up on my “to-do” list. Why? Here is my list of reasons:
- Have you ever been to the Bridge of the Gods? If you haven’t, you should. It’s gorgeous, as is Cascade Locks, which is where it’s located. And this race starts on that exact bridge and travels all along the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. This is one of my most favorite courses ever. It’s admittedly challenging and hilly at times, but it’s also safe from traffic, well-supported, and really beautiful.
- It’s an all-women’s event. There are so many inspirational ladies all around you, supporting you, encouraging you, and making you feel like the goddess you know you are.
- The swag! The race includes an awesome FINISHER necklace, a cute shirt, a logo’d tote/backpack, and an awesome post-race celebration on the scenic banks of the Columbia River where you will enjoy a free lunch, a free craft beer, and live music. You’ll also get a chance to try a pair of Hoka One One running/shoes and there’s even a Goddess Training Run coming up.
- This is a Run With Paula event, and I personally love these events because they are so well organized. Some of my favorite races have been Run With Paula races, because you will get taken care of!
There are just a few other things worth noting about this race. There is a section of the course which has a staircase. This is part of the race, so be prepared to take them both going out and coming back on the course. Also, the race starts at 8:00AM but since the bridge is closing at 7:30AM for staging and photo ops, they are asking people to get there by 6:45AM on race day. Lastly, there’s a costume contest so let that inner Goddess shine for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Portland Running Company.
At the awards ceremony, winners will receive hand-made head wreaths, so stick around for that while you enjoy your beer from Rogue, a burger, and some great live music. The race is limited to 1500 goddesses so if you haven’t signed up already, go for it now! I’ll be there with wings on!
When: September 16th, 8:00AM (Bridge is closed at 7:30AM, so plan to arrive by 6:45AM)
Where: Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, OR. Park at Marine Park and walk a half mile to the center of the Bridge. Please carpool.
Registration Cost: $89. Day of race is $99.
Packet Pick-Up: Sept 14 from 10:00AM-7:00PM at Portland Running Co (Beaverton,) Sept 15 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Portland Running Co (Eastside Downtown) or September 16 from 6:30AM-7:45AM at Toll House Park at foot of the Bridge of the Gods.