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2020 Great Columbia Crossing Virtual 10K/5K

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October 11-17, 2020

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Dear friends,

Our event planning team has made the decision to only offer the Great Columbia Crossing 10K in a virtual format this year. We will not be hosting the physical event on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

Many factors contributed to this decision, and it was a decision we did not make lightly. We love this event, we love our loyal race participants and we love our unique, beautiful and challenging course. But with the current circumstances, we cannot – in good faith – move forward with producing this event. Here’s why:

1) Permitting & State Restrictions: The Departments of Transportation for both Washington and Oregon are unable to process or grant permits for large group events due to COVID-19. This restriction is expected to remain in place until mid-September – and may be extended even longer. Oregon has also restricted gatherings to no more than 250 people throughout the course of Phase 2 reopening. Phase 2 is projected to last through the summer and into the fall. Local permitting agencies are required to abide by state-level restrictions as well.

2) Health & Safety: Most races are wisely implementing additional measures to ensure the safety of their staff, contractors, volunteers and participants – but some of these options are not available to us. Staggered start times are not possible, given the strict course time limit imposed on our event. Social distancing is not feasible with the space limitations at our starting line area. Our shuttle buses would require stringent cleaning and sanitizing between each load of passengers, lengthening the amount of time it takes to transport participants to the starting line.

3) Cost: Event production of any kind requires a considerable amount of upfront expenditures. Permit fees, deposits with contractors, supply purchases, etc. – not to mention any additional costs this year due to added health & safety measures. Having already canceled our biggest fundraising event of the year in April, our organization is in no position to absorb the financial risk of possible last-minute cancellation (if we were unable to get our required event permits, for example).

We’re heartbroken that this is the reality we’re facing this year – and we’re not alone. Across the country, race directors are being faced with impossible choices. Most of us got into race production because we love running, we care about our communities and we want to give participants the best possible event experience.

That hasn’t changed. We’re committed to providing an amazing Great Columbia Crossing 10K, albeit in a different format. We’re brainstorming sweet swag, fun perks and wonderful ways to help you connect with the Astoria-Warrenton community. Being unable to host the physical event is a huge loss for our area and our organization, so we hope you’ll consider taking part in the virtual race and supporting our local businesses and nonprofits.

In switching to the virtual format, we know your early mornings, long training runs and hill repeats won’t get their deserved recognition at our finish line. You won’t be able to run or walk across the Astoria-Megler Bridge this year, but we still want you to #ConquerYourBridge, whatever that looks like for you.

Setting a new race PR, enjoying a jog in the fresh air or on your treadmill, plotting a new running course through your neighborhood, recovering from an injury or participating in your first ever 10K event – no matter what your “bridge” looks like, our team will be cheering you on as you cross it!

Kelsey Balensifer
Event Coordinator
Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce