Fort Stevens State Park is one of my family’s favorite places to camp, and it’s near the mouth of the Columbia River and not too far from civilization. We love that it’s so close to Astoria, and you can’t beat running on the Oregon coast. It’s also an area that’s home to a terrific race, The 2021 Battle to the Pacific which offers a 5k, a 10k, and a Half Marathon on November 21st this year. This race, hosted by Bivouac Racing, is the 4th and final event in the Oregon State Parks Trail Series and it’s a beautiful way to experience some trail running.
All three distances will start at the North Coffenbury Lake Day-Use Area at shelter A and all will utilize the hiking and biking trails within the park. Almost all of the terrain will be flat and on asphalt paved trails, with the last couple of miles around Coffenbury Lake being the only section on gently rolling, light-technical trails.
The half marathon will start at 9:00AM and consists of 3 loops which are referred to as the “outer loop,” the “inner loop,” and the “lake loop.” The lake loop will take runners past the Start/Finish area at the North Lake Day-Use Area A to run the Coffenbury Lake trail clockwise. The cost for the half marathon event is $55.
The 10k course will start at the same time as the Half Marathon, and it consists of 2 of the loops, the inner loop and the loop around the lake. The 5k will run the trail around Coffenbury Lake clockwise, with an out-and-back experience just over halfway before returning. The 10k is $45.
The 5k, which begins a half hour later at 9:30AM, will consist of only the lake loop. You can expect an out-and-back course just over halfway before returning to the finish. The cost for this distance is $25.
There will be a $5 Daily Permit per vehicle required if you wish to park at the Hilltop Day-Use Area. Cash and checks (via Fee Envelope) will be expected. There will be NO cards accepted here.
All of Bivouac Racing events are cupless events, so please remember to bring your own hydration. There will be two aid stations out on the course, and both will be expecting you to bring your own hydration vessel.
You can pick up your race bib on Saturday November 2nd at South Bay Wild Fishhouse between 3:00 and 6:00PM, but you are certainly welcome to wait until the day of the race if you’d rather do that before your event starts.
All finishers will receive a Bivouac Racing winners mug and entry into several raffles for awesome SWAG. You’ll also get food and beer to celebrate your win!!
When: Sunday, November 21st, 2021 at 9:00-9:30AM
Where: Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond, OR
Cost: Half Marathon is $55, 10k is $45, and 5k is $25. Day-of registration cost increases $10. Only cash and check will be accepted then as well.
Packet Pick-Up: There will be a bib pick-up on Saturday November 2nd at the South Bay Wild Fishhouse, Day of race pickup is also acceptable.