Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon | 10K & 5K Is Going Virtual!

September 10th, 2020 UPDATE:

Due to air quality issues in and around PDX, The Bridge of the Goddess 2020 Virtual Event has been extended through Saturday, September 19th. 

RunWithPaula Events is committed to joining the efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure the health of our runners, walkers and host communities.  Although we cannot gather together in one large group, we want to encourage you to take a trip to Cascade Locks on your own or with a friend (using proper social distancing rules and guidelines) to experience the amazing sights of the area. If you cannot make it to the Gorge, you can upload your race results from Anywhere, U.S.A.

Did you know that the Columbia River Gorge is now OPEN to the public? We want you to go experience the Gorge!!   You can use our official course map between 9/1-9/19 or use your own course.  If you choose to use our official course, please make sure to obey all traffic and safety laws and of course keep 6 feet from one another. Enjoy the amazing view from the Bridge of the Gods and the paved bike trail along the Columbia River Highway.  Be sure to reward yourself with an ice cream cone from the world-famous Eastwind Drive-In.  Eastwind can be found right in the heart of Cascade Locks!  Delicious!    

DETAILS:

Bridge of the Goddess 2020 Virtual Race dates are between September 1- September 19, 2020.  Run or walk your distance and upload your results. You will be listed on our official results page and be entered to win random prizes and awards. 

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

1.  Pick up your race packet at Portland Running Company- NW 2258 NW Raleigh Street, Portland, OR. between September 1-12.  We can mail your packet for $5.  Please email us for link. 

2. Run or walk the Bridge of the Goddess course, or any course you like.

3.  Upload your results using your registration ID.  Add your time and a photo of your stopwatch, Garmin, Strava, or Applewatch. It’s that easy!

 Your packet includes:

  • Bridge of the Goddess Race Shirt
  • Personalized Bib #
  • $10 PRC Gift card to be used in-store or online
  • Official Finisher Glass
  • Amazing experience that will last a lifetime!

Still making a difference!!  Bridge of the Goddess will make a donation to our charity FISH.  FISH is the local food bank in Cascade Locks, Oregon.  FISH supports families in need and we are honored to be a part of the great things they do.  Thanks to all Goddesses for your continued support of this great organization.  

OPTIONS:

1.  Go Virtual – You are automatically entered into the Virtual Race  

2.  Transfer to Goddess 2021 or another 2021 RWP Event – Please email [email protected] by 7/15/2020 to transfer, no charge.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING EVENTS DURING THIS TIME!!

 Regarding future races: We would like to emphasize that the coronavirus issue is evolving on a daily basis and therefore future plans may need to be adjusted. We will continue to monitor the developments throughout the coming months and comply with regulations of local and federal government health officials.

HEADED TO CASCADE LOCKS TO DO YOUR RUN OR WALK? 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, keep going if necessary until you hit your mileage (13.1, 6.3, 3.1) and then celebrate by doing a dance with a Goddess Groove Move (think disco). Good luck!

WHAT:  Amazing 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, live music, sisterhood, and of course an amazing FINISHER MEDAL.

 

Goddesses take flight as they embark on their running and walking adventures!

WHERE: Gorge-ous course departs from the deck of Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, Oregon and spirits you away from it all on the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail.

WHEN: VIRTUAL EVENT September 1-12

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.  

 

Goddesses take dancing seriously too.

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.

Goddess 2020 Pricing:

  • Half Marathon: $89
  • 10K: $79
  • 5K: $59

REFUND POLICY:  RWP Events does not offer refunds. Please choose between the virtual event or deferment into 2021. 

Details from the 2014-2019 EVENTs:

Goddesses in full Goddess garb finish the 2016 event 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!

Looking West From Thunder Island

GEAR CHECK: 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 and ID are needed for the beer garden located at the finish line in Marine Park. Please affix the gear check tag from your bib number to your gear check bag with the small zip tie provided in your goodie bag.

Parking:

Directions to Cascade Locks can be found here.  Once you arrive into the City of Cascade Locks you will be directed where to park.  You will be parking in Marine Park or in Cascade School and parking volunteers will direct you.  You will need to walk 3/4 mile to the Bridge where the race starts.  Gear check, portable bathrooms, coffee and packet pick up are all located at the foot of the bridge on the Oregon Side.   Street parking is available but limited.  Please do not park in local retail parking lots.  Parking is free but limited so please carpool.

 

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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. 

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:

Check out these cool things to do!

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!

Parking is available at Marine Park in Cascade Locks, OR. We strongly suggest carpooling. 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.

Awards:

A special FINISHER glass will be awarded to all Goddesses. Make sure to filleth your cup post-race with your choice of beverage and celebrate your inner-goddess!

 

Costume Contest:

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, post your photo and win!