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Race Preview: 2018 Great Columbia Crossing (Astoria)

Post submitted by guest blogger, Robin Evans

The Astoria-Megler Bridge is the longest continuous truss Bridge in North America. It is an amazing feat of engineering, both when seen from afar and while speeding down the road, traversing the Columbia River. With the Great Columbia Crossing, you now have an opportunity to see this massive bridge from a whole new perspective! The 2018 Great Columbia Crossing 10K in Astoria, Oregon, provides runners the unmatched opportunity to walk or run across the Astoria-Megler Bridge. This up close and personal experience provides participants an adventure, that not only showcases one of our area’s most fascinating man-made locals, but also gives you a panoramic view of all the natural beauty quintessential to the Pacific Northwest!

The race route begins at the Dismal Nitch Rest Area in Washington. Runners/walkers will then make their way towards US-101S/Oregon Coast Highway. The northbound lane will be closed to vehicle traffic. Participants will then traverse the Astoria-Megler Bridge and continue onUS-101S. The course will then meander down the Riverwalk and make its way on the Greenway Path and to the finish line at the end of Basin Street.

This event is capped at 3,500 participants each year to ensure safe Crossing of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. The event is held in support of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants will be shuttled to the start line, on buses, whose service begin leaving the port of Astoria, or the Port of Chinook, at 7 a.m. Although strollers are allowed on the course, race directors ask they be collapsible to allow adequate space on shuttle buses for all participants. Also keep in mind, no bags will be allowed on the shuttle buses. You may bring a small sack holding all of your gear you would like at the end of the race. Please include your race number on your bag since they will be shuttled across the river while you are running for availability at the finish line.

Since the main event is running and/or walking across this fantastic bridge, understanding exactly what you’re getting yourself into may be important. Although the majority of the bridge is flat, there is a very steep in climb in the middle. This uphill portion of the bridge is about 0.6 miles long and starts just shy of four miles into the race. The grade of the syncline is 5.62% or just under 4 degrees slope. Although challenging, this large hill is what makes this race so spectacular. Yes, you pay for it in sweat, but the 360° view from the top, is unmatched.

Shuttle Parking:

  • Port of Astoria: 413 Gateway Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103
  • Port of Chinook: 743 Water Street, Chinook, WA 98614


What: 2018 Great Columbia Crossing 10K

When: Sunday, October 14, 2018

Where: Start Line located at the Washington State Department of Transportation Rest Area Dismal Nitch-Multidirectional (Naselle, WA 98638)

Cost: Race registration is $40 per person. Optional t-shirts are $15 to $17 each.

Registration: Registration opens on May 1 each year and closes when we reach our maximum capacity of 3,500 participants. There is NO race day registration.

Course Map: OFFICIAL USA Track & Field Certified Event (#OR12025LB)

About Nikki Mueller (527 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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