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Top 7 Reasons to Go Virtual

We get it...  We know you'll miss running or walking the physical Great Columbia Crossing this year.  BUT here are some awesome reasons to join us for the VIRTUAL race!

1) Choose the Time

No need to get up at the crack of dawn to board the shuttle buses to the starting line! Log your miles during your lunch break, between meetings, on the weekend, after dark, etc. Pick whatever time works in your schedule between Oct. 11-17, 2020. Rainy and cold on "race morning"? Wait for better weather another day!

2) Pick the Place

With no set race course, you can run on your treadmill, your neighborhood sidewalk, your front yard or a local trail. Still want an excuse to enjoy a weekend getaway on the Oregon Coast? That's not a problem! You can't cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge on foot, but you're welcome to race along the Astoria Riverwalk, jog on the beach in Warrenton or explore the area's various hiking routes.

3) Go Your Pace

You can run, jog, walk, crawl -- any speed is fine with us. There's no course time limit, so go as fast or slow as you like. (No getting picked up by the sweeper bus!)

4) Avoid the Crowds

Virtual races are social-distancing friendly! No standing in line at packet pick up or waiting in a crowd at the starting line. Your event packet will be shipped directly to your house, so just pin on your race bib, throw on your t-shirt and check off those miles!

5) Shorten the Course

Quarantine has been hard, and maybe you've been thrown off your training schedule. Opt for our FIRST EVER 5K course and cut the distance in half. Log just 3.1 miles, while still getting all the perks! This isn't possible on the 4.1-mile long Astoria-Megler Bridge, so take advantage of the flexibility of a virtual race this year. Feeling ambitious? Stick with the classic 10K race. Your choice!

6) Show Your Support

We've got 37 great years of event history, and we're hoping to come back with an even GREATER race in 2021. Your support this year means the world to us and helps us move forward with hosting a physical race again next year.

7) #ConquerYourBridge

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. Set a goal, make a training plan -- and get out there and crush it! Goals give us motivation, a reason to keep moving, something to look forward to in a season of setbacks. So whether you're going for a new PR or just hoping to complete your first 5K or 10K, know that no matter what your “bridge” looks like, our team will be cheering you on as you cross it!