2016 Great Columbia Crossing 10k Run/Walk
RACE DAY - October 16, 2016
Experience the glory of the Columbia River as you trek across the Astoria-Megler Bridge during this unique opportunity to walk/run across the bridge! This 10k offers a scenic adventure on a fairly flat road with one STEEP incline to the peak of the bridge. It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.
Whether you're an experienced runner or looking for a family-friendly event, the Great Columbia Crossing 10k appeals to everyone.
Join us for the 35th annual Great Columbia Crossing in 2016 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Astoria-Megler Bridge itself. Find out more information about the bridge and its history on the Astoria-Megler Bridge 50th Anniversary website.
10 Things to Know Before You Go!
New to the Great Columbia Crossing? Not sure what you should know ahead of race day? No problem! Here's a list of the 10 most important things to know before participating in the 2016 Great Columbia Crossing.
There are two ways to register for our GREAT event: 1) Head to the Registration Page and click on the GetMeRegistered icon to register online or 2) Pick up a paper registration form in person at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration closes at 3,500 participants and there is NO race day registration, so don’t delay – register today!
2. Buy a shirt and/or timing chip
When you register, you will have the option to purchase a couple of extras to add on to your registration. The first extra is chip timing, which will provide you with your own personal race time. Chip timing is great for competitive participants – who are competing for event awards or who might want to use their time to qualify for a marathon – and casual participants alike. Anyone who wants to know their exact time can purchase chip timing. The second extra you can choose is a long-sleeved t-shirt, which is available in cotton or polyester and a variety of sizes. Check out this year’s shirt design on our Merchandise Page.
3. Book your stay
Hotels fill up quickly during race weekend, so be sure to book your stay early! Check out our tourism website, www.TravelAstoria.com, to view area lodgings and other things to see and do in Astoria and Warrenton.
4. Pick up your packet
Each participant has their own race packet. You must pick up your packet prior to boarding the race-day shuttle to the starting line. Participants without a bib, included in your packet, will not be allowed to board the shuttle and may miss the race as a result. Click on our Packet Pick Up Page for more information about how to get your packet.
5. Spend your Clam Bucks
Each race packet includes five Clam Bucks, which you can spend like cash at participating area businesses. Read our Clam Bucks Page to learn more about how and where to use them!
6. NO BAGS
Absolutely NO BAGS are allowed on the shuttle buses or the race course. This includes all types of bags, such as fanny packs, diaper bags, backpacks, etc. You can carry lose items in your pockets or utilize the Gear Check at the starting line.
7. Take the shuttle
Due to limited space, there is no parking and no drop off at the starting line. All participants must park in designated lots and use the race-day shuttle to the starting line. The shuttle boards at the Port of Chinook in Washington and the Port of Astoria in Oregon. For parking at the Port of Astoria, use the following address for GPS: 413 Gateway Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103. For parking at the Port of Chinook, use the following address for GPS: 743 Water Street, Chinook, WA 98614. Check out the Schedule of Events Page for the shuttle departure times.
8. Use the gear check service
We provide a gear check service for any items you don’t want to carry with you during the race. Want to stay warm in a sweatshirt prior to the race, but don’t want to wear it once you start running? Just place the sweatshirt in a gear check bag with your unique bib number on it and leave it in the gear check truck. The truck will then transport your item to the finish line for you, where you can pick it up.
9. Get your results and medal
If you purchased chip timing, you have the opportunity to win a race medal. We will announce the top three winners in each age and gender category at the end of the race and present their awards, so be sure to stick around for the award ceremony. Even if you don’t take home a medal, you can get your personal race time at the finish line or on the Results Page of our website during the week after the race.
10. Buy an event photo
Evan Pilchik Photography will be taking photos on the course and at the finish line. Once the race is over, you'll be able to purchase photos through Evan's website, myEPevents. Click on the logo below to be taken to the photo page.
For more detailed information about the Great Columbia Crossing, check out our FAQs Page.