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Columbia Gorge Marathon 'not stressing' despite trail closures

Event scheduled for Oct .28

While Oregon State Parks estimates that the Mosier-Hood River Twin Tunnels trail could be closed for another month and a half, organizers of the Columbia Gorge Marathon are not 'stressing just yet.'

The marathon is scheduled for Oct. 28 and uses the trail for a big portion of its route.

However the trail is closed following the Mile Post 66 fire, and State Parks officials say it will remain closed until fire mop up is complete and the soil stabilizes.

The trail currently is littered with debris, and state parks officials say the possibility for continued rock falls means the trail will remain closed until debris is cleaned up and rains help to anchor the soil.

“I’m not totally stressing just yet, we’re still almost a month out…that’s still a fair amount of time before the event happens," Sperry said Monday.

Sperry said he has a meeting with state parks later this week to discuss the trail closure and contingency plans at which point he should no more.

The Marathon organizer said the event has dealt with this type of thing before when the Microwave Fire scorched the east end of the trail in 2009, and everything worked out then.

“There are definitely options," Sperry said. "They are not optimal options, but there are options.”

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