CANCELED - 2016 Great Columbia Crossing 10k Run/Walk


Dear participants,

It is with a great sense of sadness that we are canceling Sunday’s Great Columbia Crossing 10k.

We made this decision in coordination with the Oregon Department of Transportation and local law enforcement. With the impending storm on Saturday, we anticipate that our first responders and medical personnel will be attending to area emergencies on Saturday night and Sunday morning and will not be able to assist with our event. Several of these support agencies have already informed us that they will be unable to provide their services on race day, and it would be unwise and unsafe for us to continue without adequate staffing for traffic control, security, medical response, etc.

Additionally, we are aware that many of our participants are traveling considerable distances to participate in our event, even while possibly facing dangerous road and weather conditions. We do not want anyone to risk their safety for the sake of our event – it’s simply not worth it. For those of you who have already made the trip, we hope you’ll enjoy all the other great things the Astoria-Warrenton area has to offer. Packet Pick Up will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at our offices (111 W. Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103) for those who still want their shirts and packets. Please let us know if you would like yours mailed instead.

At this time, we are going to make every effort to reschedule the 2016 Great Columbia Crossing for later this year. We will be in contact again when we know more.

Thank you for your understanding during this incredibly busy and difficult time for our staff and volunteers. While the event has been canceled, there is still plenty of work to be done on our end. We appreciate your patience as we evaluate our options going forward.

We have successfully completed 34 years of the Great Columbia Crossing, and while it was not our first choice to cancel this year’s event, we feel it is the best choice. We apologize for any inconvenience or hardship this has caused. We hope you will be able to join us on the bridge again in the future, under better circumstances.

All the best,

Kelsey Balensifer
Event Coordinator, Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce