Oregon > Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon
Hood River, OR • Sunday, October 27, 2013 • Course Map
Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, whose roughly 80-mile-long stretch of river serves as the border between the states of Washington and Oregon, serves as the gorgeous setting for the Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon, which saw more than 780 runners cross the finish line at the race's 2012 running, including 596 finishers in the half marathon alone.
With its spectacular view of Mount Hood off in the distance, the area in which the race takes place is one of the Pacific Northwest's most beautifully scenic natural areas, with several wineries and fruit orchards filled with peaches, apples and pears, as well as numerous tributaries and mountain creeks and waterfalls off the main river. It has also become of the nation's most popular spots for windsurfing, especially in the city of Hood River, where the race starts and finishes.
The race features a newly redesigned course for 2013, an out-and-back route that starts and finishes on the Hood River Marina Lawn. From there, runners head onto the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, which stretches more than 10 miles along the hold highway that winds along in parallel with the river.
Runners head southeast along the trail (also called Old Columbia River Drive), which they follow as it winds its way southeast along the river, and remain on this road all the way until they reach the mid-point of the half marathon course in the nearby town of Mosier, where they turn around and head back along the route they've just run.
Runners can expect the steepest hills of the race as they're nearing the half-way turnaround point in Mosier, where the Columbia River Highway Trail approached Rock Creek Road. Once they make the turnaround, runners will hit those hills a second time as they head back toward Hood River, retracing their steps along the highway trail. They'll make turns along East State Street, Oak Street and 2nd Street before heading across the water toward Port Marina Park.
The half marathon event is open to both runners and walkers -- the full, 26.2-mile marathon is for runners only -- and there is also a half marathon relay event for two-person teams. Walkers in the half marathon will be able to take advantage of an early start at 8:00 AM, which will be followed by the full marathon start at 9:00 AM and the half marathon start (for runners) at 9:30 AM.
The race is open to 1,000 entrants for both races combined, so if you're thinking of signing up, organizers encourage you to do so early.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along a bend in the winding Columbia River, which snakes through this part of the Pacific Northwest and divides Washington State and Oregon, Hood River typically experiences moderately cool to quite cold weather in the mid-fall.
In October, temperatures average between 37°F and 65°F -- on Oct. 27, the average low is 35°F and the average high is 59°F -- while rainfall totals average just over 2.2 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon
9:00 AM - full marathon
9:30 AM - half marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered before December 31, 2012
$75 before April 1, 2013
$85 before October 1
$95 after Oct. 1
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Hood River's Columbia Gorge Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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