One of my favorite races is coming in September! September 14th will be the day of the absolutely gorgeous 2019 Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon & 10k. This is a Run With Paula event which is a huge selling point, as all of Paula’s races are epically well organized and beautiful.
This race starts in Cascade Locks, right on the Bridge of the Gods at Tollhouse Park after a short ¾ mile walk from Marine Park. Please allow yourself plenty of time (suggested arrival time is 6:45AM) to get to the 8:00AM race start and factor in the short trip to the start and the bridge closing at 7:30AM. Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking. There will be a gear check and some coffee available to you before you start, as well as some other goodies from Dave’s Killer Bread. Packet pick up will also be available if you haven’t gone to the pre-race pick up options at Portland Running Company.
If you’ve never visited the bridge, it’s an amazing place to start your day. Both the 10k and half marathon will follow the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail on an out and back course and runners will be treated to scenic views and a beautiful course. The terrain is a paved trail, and you’ll be surrounded with wildflowers, ferns, and other greenery. Plan for a hilly route but a well-supported and safe one along the old US Highway 30 by the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge.
The finish line, as per usual with a Run With Paula race, will be worth the journey. First you’ll get a really nice finisher’s medal, and then you’ll get a nice lunch and beer hosted by Rogue Ales & Spirits (don’t forget your ID!) as a reward for your efforts. There will be live music from Hit Machine to enjoy too! The finish area is very family friendly, as there’s a playground at Marine Park and Thunder Island, the famous Sternwheeler, and the Columbia River are right there as well.
Many participants wear costumes to this race and there’s even a costume contest! A $100 gift card to Portland Running Company will go to the best costume, so get creative and find your inner Goddess!
If you’ve never run this race, this would be a great year to start!!
When: Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 8:00AM
Where: Toll House Park at the Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, OR. Please park at Marine Park or at Cascade School.
Packet Pick-Up: Thursday, September 12th 10:00AM to 8:00PM at Portland Running Company, Beaverton (10029 SW Nimbus Ave, Beaverton, OR 97008) or Friday, September 13th 10:00AM-3:00PM at Portland Running Company, PDX (800 SW Grand Ave, Portland OR 97214.)