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Race Preview: 2018 Race to the Bar (Astoria)

It’s once again time to Race to the Bar! No, not that bar . . . but there will be post-race beer involved after you run along the beach (ahem. . . sandbar!) This annual evening race at Fort Stevens State Park is a fundraiser for the Lower Columbia Hospice. Choose from a 5K or 10K and run along hard packed sand – starting at the Peter Iredale shipwreck. Both courses are out and back, with the 10K taking runners to the South Jetty and back.

Your race entry includes a race shirt, Subway sandwich and fruit, a race bag, and 2 free servings of Fort George beer (for those 21 and over.) After the race there will be an awards ceremony, a bonfire on the beach, music, and the always scenic beach sunset.

Just writing about this race has me ready to pack up and head to the beach! This sounds like the perfect ending to a day at the beach.

The Peter Iredale shipwreck at sunset. Photo from


Race To The Bar Details

Date: Saturday, September 8

Time: 5:00 P.M.

Location: Fort Stevens State Park (at the Peter Iredale shipwreck), Warrenton

Entry Fees: $40 – before 8/23/18
$45 – 8/23 or after

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (479 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director 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 the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She 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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