File photo by Adam Lapierre
THE BRIDGE OF THE GODS Half Marathon/10K Run/Walk had its inaugural run last year (pictued above) and will be returning Aug. 16. The run is one of many happening around the Gorge this month.
As of Friday, July 31, 2015
It’s hard to keep up with all the different trail runs, 5Ks, marathons, and fun runs that are happening in the Gorge year-round, but the month of August in particular seems to have an embarrassment of riches as far running events go.
There are a variety of lengths, run types, and locations to choose from, ranging from a mile-long run in Trout Lake (this weekend) to a grueling 50-kilometer race at Kingsley Reservoir (Aug. 15). We’ve included a list of many of the runs going on this month; for more information and to check out a list of other events going on this year, the Columbia Gorge Running Club’s website (columbiagorgerunningclub.com) or Facebook page are great resources.
Aug. 1: Trout Lake 50th Annual Fair Run
There are three runs available in the morning and are only part of the many activities available at the Trout Lake Fair, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 2 (the runs are only on Saturday). The first run is a “family fun run” that starts at 8 a.m., requires no registration, and is free (shirts are available at the fair for $12). The 5K and 10K runs, which start in front of Jonah Ministries at 31 Little Mountain Road. Registration is at 7 a.m. and costs $15 with a shirt and $5 without. Race starts at 8 a.m. There are seven age categories in the race and awards are given to the top three in each age group, the overall top male and female finishers, the youngest finisher, and the most finishers from a single family.
Aug. 2: Timberline Mt. Run
This 7-mile run starts and finishes at the Wy’East Day Lodge at Timberline Lodge and is run almost entirely on mountain trails and features nearly 4,000 feet in elevation change, climbing from the lodge all the way to the top of the Magic Mile lift. The run has received national attention and was featured in the Aug. 2014 edition of Runner’s World. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., costs $40, and features a post-race ceremony with beer (or soda) and hot dogs. Race starts at 10 a.m. Runners can compete as either teams or individuals. Awards go to the top male and female runners in each age category. For more info, go to portlandrunner.com.
Aug. 15: Skamania County Fair 5K Run/Walk
The 5K run walk is part of the annual Skamania County Fair and Timber Carnival, which runs Aug. 12-16 in Stevenson. Event start is 8 a.m. at the Skamania County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, which is located at 710 S.W. Rock Creek Drive. For more information, call 509-427-3980.
Aug. 15: Post Canyon 50K and Half Marathon
This 50K (a hair over 31 miles for those who aren’t metrically inclined) starts and finishes at Kingsley Reservoir and winds through numerous forest roads and trails, featuring more than 5,000 feet of elevation gain. For those who don’t feel like punishing themselves quite as much, the half-marathon option (which race organizers say is closer to 14 miles as opposed to 13.1) is subject to about 2,400 feet of elevation gain, according to race organizers — notice that is gain, not change. The race starts at 7 a.m., with packet pickup running from 6-6:45 a.m. Race organizers advise that while there will be aid stations along the way, it is a cup-less race and participants must carry at least 20 ounces of water. Those who race get a swag bag with prizes and treats redeemable at local businesses. Registration costs $49 for the half marathon and $77 for the 50K. Registration can be done on ultrasignup.com and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 12. For more information contact Heather Pola at email@example.com or head to postcanyon50k.com (the link to Ultra Signup is available on the race website).
Aug. 16: Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon/10K Run/Walk
After a great turnout for its inaugural race in 2014, the Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon/10K Run is back for 2015. Both races start in Washington and cross the Bridge of the Gods, and then run along the Oregon side of the Columbia River, with much of the race course running along the scenic Columbia River Historic Highway State Trail. The 10K features 400 feet of elevation gain while the half marathon has 1,050. Cost of the 10K is $65 and the cost of the half marathon is $95. The cost includes a shuttle from the race finish at Marine Park to the race start on the Washington side, a shirt, and a post-race lunch. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m. and the 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. Packet pickup will occur before then, with multiple options for how and when participants pick up their materials. Check the event website (bridgeofthegodsrun.com) for more information.
Aug. 22: Uphill Challenge
Escape the heat and head to the mountains for this run at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. This uphill running or walking race begins in the main parking lot of the resort and finishes at the top of the Stadium Chairlift for a total of 1.2 miles with 621 feet of elevation gain. Following the finish, competitors will ride the Stadium Chair back down to the base area. Registration will be at 8 a.m. in the main lodge, race starts at 10 a.m., BBQ on the Paradise Deck starting at 11 a.m. Top female and male finishers receive $120 in prize money. Registration is $20 for those 20 and older and $10 for those who are 19 and younger. Head to skihood.com for more info.
Aug. 29: Riverhawk 3K/5K Run/Walk
Run the same trail as The Dalles middle and high school cross country teams. The course starts and finishes at Sorosis Park and is composed of sidewalk, grass, pavement, and bark chips. Race starts at 9 a.m.; awards are given to the top three in each age division for each run. Cost of the race is $10 without a shirt and $20 with if you register by Aug. 26, or $15 without and $25 with if you register the day of the race; entry for high school ages and under is $5 (no shirt). Proceeds benefit The Dalles High School cross country teams. For more information, contact Bob Thouvelel at 541-298-1119.