Columbia Gorge Marathon
24 October 2021
It is Stunning! Gorgeous and Well organized. 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. Experience one of the country’s most spectacular and breathtaking marathons. Begin your run on the historic Columbia River Highway with its colorful fall foliage, pass by waterfalls and enjoy amazing vistas. Pass through the small town of Mosier then wind your way up to the turn around at Rowena Viewpoint which offers incredible views both to the east and west of the Columbia River Gorge. Finish your marathon on the banks of the Columbia River!
One of the most scenic marathon and half marathons in the country this event winds through the Columbia River Gorge at the peak of the fall colors. Utilizing the old historic highway this is a classic fall event. 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.
This course is designed to include some of the most spectacular scenery that you’ll ever have an opportunity to see! Part of this route was built nearly 100 years ago as the first highway to navigate the Columbia River Gorge, and it is as impressive today as it was back then.