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Race Preview: Great Columbia Crossing 10K (Astoria)

Oh man, if I weren’t busy on Sundays in the fall, the Great Columbia Crossing is a race that I would definitely want to run. Held this year on October 13, it takes you from Washington to Oregon via the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which is the massive bridge that crosses the Columbia River — hence the name of this race.

This race is such a big deal that the Oregon Department of Transportation actually shuts the bridge to vehicle traffic for the morning of the race!

Registration is $40 and gets you parking in Astoria, a shuttle ride to the starting point in Washington, bib with timing chip, water and snacks at the finish line, and $5 in “clam bucks” that can be used in participating local Astoria businesses.

(If you’re looking for a place to spend the night and Astoria is sold out, you might try nearby Ilwaco. I reviewed the SALT Hotel & Pub a couple of years ago.)


Great Columbia Crossing 10K

When: October 13, 2019, at 8:45 a.m. [Note: there are strict schedules for the shuttle buses from Astoria and Chinook, so you will need to be ready to get on the buses much earlier than 8:45.]

Where: Buses depart from the Port of Astoria (OR) or the Port of Chinook (WA) for the starting line

Register: Online here ($40 for 10K race) [Note: NO day of race registration]

Pre-race packet pickup: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (Oct. 10-12) from 9 am to 6 pm at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 111 West Marine Drive, Astoria; and Sunday (Oct. 13) from 6 am to 7 am at the Port of Astoria.

About Tung Yin (276 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.

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