Where else can you start a race in one state and finish in another? On Sunday, Oct. 2, more than 2,000 people will cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge on foot as part of the Great Columbia Crossing, organized by the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to the planning, determination and hard work of many local organizations and volunteers, the 4.1-mile bridge will be open for walkers and runners to pass over within a two-hour time span. Since the bridge normally prohibits pedestrian foot traffic, the 10K interstate road race/walk is the only time during the year that people may cross on foot. The course is mostly flat, with a challenging 6 percent 3/4 mile incline at the bridge ship channel.
The event starts in Washington at 9 a.m. and finishes at the Red Lion Inn in Astoria. Shuttle service from the Oregon side begins at 6:30 a.m. and the last bus departs at 8:10 a.m. Only registered participants may be on the bridge, and only between 9 and 11 a.m.
The entry fee is $30 and includes shuttle service from the registration site to the start line on the Washington side of the bridge, a long-sleeved souvenir T-shirt and a chowder feed after the race. For more information or to register, visit www.greatcolumbiacrossing.com or call (503) 325-6311.