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No vacancy: Swimming, running events reach capacity

If international acclaim and recent nods in such publications as Sunset Magazine, National Geographic and The New York Times weren’t enough, here’s more proof the Gorge is a desirable place to visit: the upcoming Bridge of the Gods Marathon and the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim are both filled to capacity.

Registration for both was closed as of Monday, with limits of 1,000 for the marathon and 550 for the swim already reached.

The 72nd annual Cross Channel Swim has steadily grown in popularity over the years, with people coming from all over the country (and beyond) to take the early-morning plunge into the Columbia River as an end-of-summer ritual. 

Organizers of the event, the Hood River Chamber of Commerce, announced over the weekend that the 550-swimmer cap had been reached – something that has happened in the past, but not necessarily every year.

The Bridge of the Gods Marathon and half marathon is a new event this summer – running this Sunday in Cascade Locks – organized by Gorge-based Breakaway Promotions event management company.

In just a few months of promotion, organizers were thrilled, and apologetic to those who will miss out, to announce the 1,000 runner cap had been reached last week.

The run starts on the Washington side of the Bridge of the Gods (brief traffic delays will occur Sunday morning), crosses into Oregon and travels west along newly-restored sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway before returning to the city of Cascade Locks and the finish line at Thunder Island.

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