Race Preview: 2019 Bridge of the Gods Run (Cascade Locks)

The Bridge of the Gods is a historic cantilever bridge that runs between Oregon and Washington and provides stunning views of the Columbia River. Pair that with a race and you’ve got yourself a winning combination! The bridge itself won’t be the only thing crossed during this event, though. Forests, bridges and creeks (oh, my!) will all be featured on this scenic course. Here’s a description of what to expect:

From the Bridge of the Gods, the run will connect with the Historic Columbia River Highway State Park Trail and head west into the lush foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Runners will keep cool during the hot August weather by crossing 4 bridges and creeks as well as running under a thick shaded canopy of old growth forest.

The half marathon turn around is located west of the newest section of the Old Hwy Trail at Moffett Creek and from there runners return to Cascade Locks. After a short sprint through town runners will head into Marine Park were the Sternwheeler is located and across the bridge that spans the historic locks to finish on Thunder Island. At the finish is a beer garden, music and expo transforming the small Thunder Island into a rocking big party right in the middle of the Columbia River.

The course isn’t well suited for dogs so Fido should stay at home, but strollers are welcome (for the shorter races, as the half does have stairs). Stick around and enjoy the post-race festivities, including a beer garden, music and food, on Thunder Island!

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Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019

Time: Half Marathon begins at 8:00am, 10K & 5k begin at 8:30am

Location: Shuttle parking on Oregon side at Marine Park (355 Wa-Na-Pa St. Cascade Locks, OR)

Cost: 5K – $65, 10K – $75, Half Marathon – $95

Register: Click HERE to register!


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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