Welcome to Bridge of the Goddess 2022
Half Marathon | 10K | 5K
Get your Goddess on and take flight in the amazing Columbia River Gorge this September 17, 2022. This race starts on the Bridge of the Gods in the heart of the Gorge and finishes on the banks of the Columbia River where finishers enjoy an epic post race party! Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons: Bridge of the Goddess is an event created for the entire running and walking community. So come one-come all and join us this September. Be part of one of the most amazing races in the country. Take Flight!
PACKET PICK UP:
- Thursday, September 15th, 10am-6pm at Portland Running Company in Beaverton.
- Friday, September 16th, 10am-3pm at Portland Running Company in Beaverton
- Saturday, September 17th (race day): starting at 6:30am at Toll House Park in Cascade Locks.
In order to reduce our footprint, please bring a reusable bag to packet pick up. You are welcome to pick up packets for other racers. Don’t forget to check out our Goddess Merchandise-available while supplies last. Take Flight!
RACE DAY INFORMATION:
Changing your race distance
Packet Pick Up Information
Parking & Carpooling
Start Time: Don’t be late!
CHANGING RACES: If you would like to transfer your race distance, please do so by Wednesday, 9/14/2022. There is no fee to change your race distance. Please do this now if possible and before coming to packet pick up. Please DO NOT CHANGE RACE DISTANCES DURING THE RACE.
You may change your race distance by logging into your Active.com account and editing your registration. It is important to complete your distance change before packet pick up so that you are entered into the correct results.
PACKET PICK UP:
Thursday, 9/15/2022, 10-6pm
Portland Running Company, Beaverton
Friday, 9/16/2022, 10-3pm
Portland Running Company, Beaverton
Saturday, RACE DAY, 6:30-7:45am
Toll House Park, Cascade Locks, OR
*You may pick up race packets for other participants
PARKING & CARPOOLING:
Directions to Cascade Locks . Once you arrive into the City of Cascade Locks, you will be directed to parking east of the bridge at Cascade School. RWP Parking Volunteers will direct you. There is a 10 minute walk to Toll House Park where we will stage until the Bridge is closed to traffic. Gear check, portable bathrooms, coffee, and packet pick up are all located at Toll House Park. Please Park at Cascade School. Parking is free but limited so please carpool.
The Bridge of the Goddess Event starts at 8AM on the deck of the bridge near the OR side. Expect delays approaching Cascade Locks from I-84, especially just before the race starts. If you are coming from the Washington side of the river, be aware that the Bridge of the Gods will be closed from 7:30am-8:15am. The Bridge will re-open as soon as all participants have cleared the bridge offramp and have safely crossed Wa Na Pa St.
COME EARLY, ENJOY THE VIEW:
The Bridge of the Gods will be closed starting at 7:30am. We will be staging in Toll House Park just below the bridge until we can safely walk onto the bridge. Please do not walk onto the bridge until 7:30am when the bridge is closed to traffic. Spectators are not allowed on the bridge during our bridge closure, participants only. Come early and be ready to head to the deck of the bridge right at 7:30am. The view is breathtaking! Take some photos and get staged and ready to start at 8:00am sharp! After 8:00am, particpants will not be allowed onto the bridge so please arrive with plenty of time to get to the starting corral!
Our course starts on the Bridge of the Gods and runs on paved path for an out-and-back and finishes in Marine park. You can find our interactive course maps below. Hydration stations will have both water and NUUN Sports Drink as well as portable toilets. Reminder; if you are participating in the half marathon, there are stairs on the course. (Stairway to Heaven.)
LEAVE NO TRACE! Please drop your cups and trash in the garbage cans as we are committed to the LEAVE NO TRACE rule. Thank you!
All races finish on the banks of the Columbia River inside of Marine Park. Food, No-host Beer/Cider Garden (please bring your ID and credit card), music, costume contest and awards ceremony all happen at Marine Park. The finish area is family friendly. Marine Park has a great playground, an island (Thunder Island), and amazing views that will keep you entertained. Marine Park is also home to the famous Sternwheeler – check it all out while you are in the park!
WHAT: Epic destination race with views galore. Distances include the half marathon (13.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), and 5K (3.1 miles). Get your Goddess on and let us pamper you with an amazing race, lunch, beer, post-race party and costume contest, sisterhood, and of course an amazing FINISHER MEDAL.
WHERE: This race starts in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Our Gorge-ous course departs from the Bridge of the Gods and ends in Marine Park. Our course runs on a paved bike trail with amazing views. This course spirits you away from it all on the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail.
WHEN: September 17, 2022, 8am
WHY: To find your inner Goddess!! Remember: If the inclines don’t take your breath away, the views from on high surely will. Our well-supported and safe course is a great training event for fall marathons or as a destination unto itself.
PACKET PICK UP:
- Thursday 9/15, 10-6PM, Portland Running Co. Beaverton
- Friday 9/16 10-3PM Portland Running Co, Beaverton
- Saturday, September 17 (event day), 6:30am-8:00am: Cascade Locks Toll House Park
NOTE: You may pick up packets for other participants.
DAY OF RACE TRAFFIC ALERT:
The Bridge of the Goddess Event starts at 8AM on the deck of the bridge near the OR side. Expect delays approaching Cascade Locks from I-84, especially just before the race starts. BRIDGE CLOSURE: if you are coming from the Washington side of the river, be aware that the Bridge of the Gods will be closed from 7:30am-8:15am. The Bridge will repopen as soon as all particpants have cleared the bridge offramp and have safely crossed Wa Na Pa St.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING:
Directions to Cascade Locks can be found here. Once you arrive into the City of Cascade Locks you will be directed to parking east of the bridge at Cascade School. RWP Parking Volunteers will direct you. There is a 10 minute walk to Toll House Park where we will stage until the Bridge is closed to traffic.. Gear check, portable bathrooms, coffee, and packet pick up are all located at Toll House Park. Please Park at Cascade School. Parking is free but limited so please carpool.
We will store your gear while you are running or walking the race and keep it safe for you during the event. Thank you for collecting your bag upon your return to Marine Park. NOTE: Cash/CC and ID are needed for the beer garden located at the finish line in Marine Park. Affix the gear check tag from your bib number to your gear check bag before you drop it off.
- Half Marathon: $85
- 10K: $65
- 5K: $55
All entries include a technical race shirt, personalized race bib, Goddess Wine Glass, Finisher Medal, lunch, no host beer/cider garden, bring your ID!
If you are not joining us in person for this year’s event, you can still come to one of the packet pick ups. You may also opt to have your packet shipped for $10. Packets will be shipped the week before the race.
HEADED TO CASCADE LOCKS TO DO YOUR RUN OR WALK ON YOUR OWN or to just practice a little? Here are some course notes just for you! Besides following our route map, keep in mind that your turn around points are not exactly half way out. Also remember that your GPS may not match exactly with our course mearurements. If you start at the toll house on Bridge of the Gods, and finish in Marine Park along the sea wall across from the shelter, here are your turn around points:
HALF MARATHON: your turn around is 6.37 miles out. You will see a “Gorge Trail 400” sign on the left at 6.35 miles out. Walk or run just beyond that sign and then turn around!
10K: Your turn around is at the very top of the Stairway to Heaven, just beyond the Eagle Creek trailhead at 2.92 miles out.
5K : your turn around is at 1.36 miles out before you enter the tunnel to cross under I-84
When you finish at Marine Park, make sure to celebrate by doing a dance with a Goddess Groove Move (think disco/sprinkler/Night Fever). Good luck!
A special thank you to the Port of Cascade Locks and the City of Cascade Locks for hosting us Goddesses! Cascade Locks is an amazing place and has welcomed us with open arms. The Port is a great place to host weddings, events, functions or even grow businesses. Contact them anytime to see how you can create something spectactular! The Port of Cascade Locks is a business-friendly engine for economic development.
The Bridge of the Goddess Event has long been considered the premier race in The Gorge. Goddess entries make wonderful gifts for your loved ones or running/walking partners.
REFUND POLICY: RWP Events does not offer refunds.
Other Fun Facts:
The finish area is family friendly. Marine Park has a great playground, an island (Thunder Island), and amazing views that will keep you entertained. Marine Park is also home to the famous Sternwheeler – check it all out while you are in the park!
Operation GODDESS Food/Supply Drop: Donations to the Cascade Locks Food Bank:
The Bridge of the Goddess will be donating a portion of it’s proceeds to this amazing cause!
Positive Impact On Community:
We are particular about where we develop our events. We want to make a positive impact on the areas where we run and walk. We support The Port of Cascade Locks, The City of Cascade Locks, and the surrounding communities including Skamania and Hood River. We support local groups, clubs and businesses, and we hope you will too! Thank you to all of the Goddesses that donated to FISH 2 years ago year during devastating forest fires. Together we raised money to help those that were evacuated from their homes by providing them with food and items they needed. We also assisted in feeding the Firefighters that were fighting the fires for weeks. The Goddesses DELIVERED not only by adjusting to our venue change but also with heart and soul and community. Thank you.
Things to do in the Columbia River Gorge:
Get your GODDESS on! Easy scenic drive from Portland or Hood River. Come see the amazing Columbia River Gorge! The Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon and 10K won’t disappoint! We will begin in the town of Cascade Locks, OR on the Bridge of the Gods. Once we leave The Bridge of the Gods we will make our way onto the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail for an out and back. This course is challenging and amazingly beautiful, well-supported and safe from traffic. A great training run or walk for a fall marathon. Ferns, moss-covered rocks, waterfalls and delicate, shaded wildflowers flank the paved trail. Several U.S. Forest Service trails intersect this segment of the trail including the Pacific Crest Trail. This historical trail is where motorists on old U.S. Highway 30 once crept around curves high along the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge. This trail is amazingly beautiful albeit a bit hilly in places. The incline will most likely not be what stops you, it will be the views. Upon your return to Cascade Locks you will finish in Marine Park where the finish line festivities will begin with food, beer and live music from Hit Machine. Celebrate your adventure with the Goddesses along the shores of the beautiful Columbia River – nothing like it! What a starting line! What a finish line!
After a short half mile warm up walk, Goddesses will find themselves on the center of the Bridge of the Gods. The Bridge of the Gods will be closed at 7:30am for staging and photo opportunities so arrive early and enjoy the scenery! There will be delays beginning at 7:30AM in Cascade Locks because of the bridge closure. For a smooth and enjoyable morning, plan to arrive by 6:45am.
So many ways to dress up like a GODDESS!! What is yours? Dress the part and win! A $100 gift card to Portland Running Company will be given to the best costume. Head wreaths, gold cuffs, toga dress, you decide! Get in touch with YOUR inner Goddess!