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Race Preview: 2018 Bridge of the Gods Half/10k/5k (Cascade Locks)

If you’ve ever wanted to run on The Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, mark your calendar for August 12th this year. The 2018 Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon/10k/5k is a race to remember, as it starts on the Columbia River on the Washington side and allows you to cross, (as suggested by the name of the race,) the Bridge of the Gods.

This race will take a scenic journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway and west into the Cascade Mountains. There will be rolling hills throughout and the course is considered “moderately difficult” (check out the course maps here. ) Old growth forest will provide the shade you’ll be grateful for in August. There will be waterfalls, 4 bridge crossings and creeks, and idyllic views throughout the race. The half route will turn around west of the newest section of the Old Hwy Trail and into Marine Park where the Sternwheeler is located. The race will finish on Thunder Island, where a celebration will await you for your hard work.

Please note that this is a point to point race with no parking available at the start, so it is strongly advised that you park at the finish area in Marine Park and take the shuttle the 1 mile to the start. The shuttle will run from 6:00AM to 7:30AM and you’ll want to allow yourself plenty of time to get to the start.

Walkers are welcome to join this scenic race, and there is a generous time limit of 5 hours. Dogs will not be allowed to walk/run due to the nature of the route and the volume of people on some of the narrow paths. There are stairs on the half marathon route, but the 10k turns around before reaching them, so strollers will NOT be allowed for the half but WILL be permitted for the 10k. In all cases, please keep in mind that the Bridge of the Gods bridge is grated, so it will be a bit bumpy.

At Thunder Island, there will be a beer garden, as well as music and entertainment in the middle of the Columbia River. All Half and 10k participants will receive a finisher’s medal. Lunch will be provided, including Vegan, Vegetarian, and gluten-free options. All friends and family are welcome to come celebrate with you!

This race is capped at 2000 runners, so register right now.



What: 2018 Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon/10k/5k

When: Sunday August 12th, 2018. Half starts at 8:00AM, 5k10k start at 8:30AM. Shuttle to the start is 6:00AM-7:30AM.

Where: Cascade Locks, (355 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks.) Park at Marine Park, as there is NO parking at the starting line. Shuttles will take participants to the start.

Register: Here. Mail in registration available here.

Registration Cost: $55 for 5k, $60 for 10k, and $85 for Half. Prices increase $5 after August 1st.

Packet Pick-Up: 8/10 from 3:00PM-8:00PM at The North Face- Portland (1202 NW Davies, Portland.) 8/11 from 4:00PM-7:00PM at Thunder Island Brewing (515 NW Portage Way, Cascade Locks.) 8/12 from 5:30AM-7:00AM at Cascade Locks School (300 Wa Na Pa Street, Cascade Locks.)

About Nikki Mueller (534 Articles)
I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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