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FAQs

 

When is this year's event?

The 2020 Great Columbia Crossing 10K & 5K will be held virtually, from Sunday, October 11 through Saturday, October 17. We will not be holding the physical event as originally scheduled on Sunday, October 11.  EXTENDED - The virtual event period has been extended through October 27.

Complete your Virtual 10K or 5K during this time period and enter your results into our online portal.  

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27. The timing portal to submit your time will close on October 31. The "Clam Bucks Coupon Book" is valid through November 10, with some businesses offering an extended period for their offer.

What is a "virtual" race?

A virtual race allows participants to complete their 10K or 5K at the time, pace and place that works best for them! Log your miles first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, between meetings, on the weekend, after dark, etc. You can run, jog, walk, crawl -- any speed is fine with us. Want to run on your treadmill, the sidewalk, your front yard or a local trail? That's not a problem! Just cover your 6.2 or 3.1 miles on your own two feet during our week-long race completion window and then enter your time into our online portal. Here are some routes in our area you may want to check out.

How much is registration? What is included with registration? Where can I register?

Please click on our Registration Page for more information about cost, what is included with your registration and how to register.

How many people can participate in this event?

Our usual event capacity is 3,500 people, but our virtual event doesn't have a maximum number of participants! We will make announcements on our event Facebook page when we reach our cutoff registration dates to ensure you'll still be mailed all of the race materials & perks in time to participate.

Am I eligible? Can my kid participate?

The Great Columbia Crossing Virtual 10K & 5K is a fun event for the entire family. It is an event enjoyed by both amateurs and skilled athletes. All ages are welcome to register for this year's virtual event. Because each registered participant gets the same perks, registration is the same cost for minors and adults. Every minor (age 17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times during their participation in the virtual event.

Do you offer a discount for groups, seniors or members of the military?

No, we do not. Unfortunately, due to our inherent cost-per-participant, we cannot offer discounts for groups, seniors or members of the military at this time.

Can I order more than one t-shirt?

In order to streamline our shipping of packets, we're not offering additional t-shirts for sale prior to the event. Please check back after the event to inquire about extra t-shirts for sale. We will post the remaining shirts on our webstore at oldoregon.com once registration has closed.

How do I get my packet?

When you register for the Great Columbia Crossing Virtual 10K or 5K, you'll be asked to provide a shipping address. We will mail your packet to you prior to the race period in October. UPDATE: Packets were shipped on October 13You should have received an email with tracking number from Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce.  We will continuing mailing while registration is open. If your mailing address changes after you register, please contact our staff to update your information. For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and participants, we will not be offering in-person packet pick up. U.S. domestic shipping is included in your registration; international shipping may require an additional fee.

What is the "Clam Bucks Coupon Book"?

Since we can't offer our popular "Clam Bucks" wooden tokens this year, we're going to email all of our participants a "Clam Buck Coupon Book" instead! This digital coupon book will include deals, perks, vouchers, etc. from businesses in Astoria & Warrenton. The cancellation of our physical event is a huge financial loss for our area, so we encourage you to visit the North Oregon Coast and continue supporting these businesses. Visit our Clam Bucks Page for more information.

How should I track my time?

Use a stopwatch, the timer function on your phone or an app/watch combo such as FitBit, Garmin, Apple Watch or similar. Record how long it takes you to complete your 10K or 5K in hours, minutes and seconds. Then enter your results into our online portal to see how you stack up with other virtual runners/walkers in this event!

Can I use my time to qualify for a marathon?

Not this year. The Great Columbia Crossing 10K run is an OFFICIAL USA Track & Field Certified Event (#OR12025LB) only when it's run on our specified, physical course.

Can I run my virtual 10K or 5K on the Astoria-Megler Bridge?

No. Pedestrians are not allowed on the Astoria-Megler Bridge this year, as we don't have the required event permits from WSDOT and ODOT. Our event is usually the only day of the year when pedestrians are allowed on the bridge. Signage on both ends of the bridge clearly specifies "no pedestrians beyond this point" and law enforcement is notified of violations. There are many other scenic routes in the area -- and across the world -- and we encourage you to take advantage of those options.

When do I get my race results?

Once the race period has ended, results will be posted on our Results Page. You'll be able to see how you did compared to other participants!

Who does this event benefit?

The Great Columbia Crossing is a fundraiser for the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, allowing us to continue hosting this event year after year. Additionally, we give back to our community in two ways: 1) By employing/hiring/utilizing Chamber members and local businesses for event logistics, supplies and services and 2) By giving donations to area nonprofits in exchange for services provided during the event. This really is a community-focused event. Your support of the virtual event this year will ensure we can still offer the physical event in 2021.

Can I get a refund?

There are no refunds for any purchases associated with the Great Columbia Crossing 10K/5K, including registration fees. Registration cannot be transferred to another person, and you cannot give your bib to another person. Registration cannot be transferred to a future year's event.

When should I mark my calendar for the upcoming Great Columbia Crossing events?

The event is typically held the second Sunday in October. The 2021 Great Columbia Crossing 10K will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10.

More questions?

Email the Event Coordinator or call 503-325-6311.