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Schedule of Events

Monday, May 1, 2018

Registration opens online for the Great Columbia Crossing, held on October 14, 2018. Registration closes when a maximum capacity of 3,500 participants in reached. There is NO race day registration. Click on our Registration Page for additional information or to register.

Thursday, October 11 - Saturday, October 13

Packet pick up runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 111 West Marine Drive in Astoria. Click on our Packet Pick Up Page for the full schedule of packet pick up times and dates.


Sunday, October 14 - RACE DAY

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION

We keep a very tight schedule on race day to ensure our event starts and finishes on time, per our agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other permitting organizations. We ask that you familiarize yourself with the following schedule and arrive on time. You risk missing the race if you arrive too late on race day.


6 to 7 a.m. - Packet Pick Up

Last minute packets/bibs are available near the shuttle bus loading at the Port of Astoria at the foot of Basin Street. Please follow event parking signs. No drop off at Basin Street. Packets/bibs are NOT available at the Port of Chinook. See the Packet Pick Up Page for additional options prior to race day. We strongly encourage participants to utilize one of these other options, instead of waiting until race day to pick up their packet.

6:30 to 7:30 a.m. - Shuttle from Port of Astoria, Oregon

Port of Astoria shuttle buses load from the parking lot off of Basin Street. All participants using the shuttle from the Port of Astoria MUST be in line for the shuttle by 7:30 a.m. Participants who arrive after 7:30 a.m. are NOT guaranteed a spot on the shuttle bus and are NOT guaranteed to make the start of the race. There is NO drop off of race participants at the starting line. Everyone must use the shuttle.

7 a.m. & 7:30 a.m. - Stroller Shuttle from Port of Astoria, Oregon

Port of Astoria stroller shuttle buses leave at two specific times. Participants traveling with small children and strollers can ride together on the shuttle. Look for the "stroller shuttle" banner near the regular shuttle bus loading in the parking lot off of Basin Street. All strollers must be collapsible. There is NO drop off of race participants at the starting line. Everyone must use the shuttle.

7:10 a.m. & 7:40 a.m. - Handicap Accessible Shuttle from Port of Astoria, Oregon

Port of Astoria handicap accessible buses leave at two specific times. This allows us to accommodate participants who need extra help due to a disability, wheelchair, etc. There is NO drop off of race participants at the starting line. Everyone must use the shuttle.

7:30 to 8:15 a.m. - Shuttle from Port of Chinook, Washington

Port of Chinook shuttle buses load from the parking lot off of Water Street. All participants using the shuttle from the Port of Chinook MUST be in line for the shuttle by 8:15 a.m. Participants who arrive after 8:15 a.m. are NOT guaranteed a spot on the shuttle bus and are NOT guaranteed to make the start of the race. Anyone bringing a stroller is asked to use the stroller shuttle from the Port of Astoria. Packets/bibs are not available at the Port of Chinook on race morning. There is NO drop off of race participants at the starting line. Everyone must use the shuttle.

8:15 a.m. - Gear Check Truck Leaves Starting Line

When you arrive at the starting line, you can find the “Gear Check” truck located at the far end (east) of the Dismal Nitch Rest Area, past the portable restrooms. Look for the "Gear Check" sign! You can put your sweatshirts, jackets and any other loose items you don't want to carry during the race in a plastic sack labeled with your unique bib number. We will shuttle the sacks across the river, and they will be available for pick up next to the water tables near the finish line.

8:30 to 11 a.m. - Astoria-Megler Bridge Closed

The Astoria-Megler Bridge will be closed to ALL vehicle traffic during this 2.5-hour window. Both lanes of the bridge will be used by participants to walk/run across the bridge. The bridge will reopen promptly at 11 a.m. Any participants who have not made it entirely across the bridge by this time will be picked up by the sweeper bus.

8:45 a.m. - RACE START!

Competitive runners start first, then all other participants.

11 a.m. - Award Ceremony

Anyone who won an award in the event will be presented with their award during this ceremony.

11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - Shuttle back to Port of Chinook, Washington

A return shuttle to the Port of Chinook will load from the parking lot off of Basin Street and leave at these two specific times to transport participants back to their vehicles.


For more information about the event, check out the FAQ Page!