Completing the Bridge of the Gods 10K is in the Running category of my bucket list. It was in there last year too (as a 5K) but I recycled it and added the 10K leg. I’m happy to report that this one is also checked off the list.
Our third year there, it has pretty much become a family tradition. I’ll probably do it again (and again, and again…). Project notes and photos below, but first a video…
I shot the video below while running over the bridge at the start of the race. Here are some stats to set it up: The bridge clearance is about 140 feet above the water which is flowing at 265,000 cubic feet per second. It stretches 1865 feet and connects Washington to Oregon over the Columbia river….
…And here is what it looks like to run over it….
2018 Bridge of the
In 2017 I wrote a post explaining the race… where it is, why do it, etc. This year I’m just going to get down to the beer. This part of Oregon has some exceptional craft breweries and visiting them is a big part of the journey.
So to get started here.. I love, love, love those people at Thunder Island Brewing. They are one of the race sponsors and their craft beer headquarters and brewpub is right at the finish line. I always make a point to stop in and I can’t say enough good things about them.
That said, this year we decided to venture up to Hood River to check out the Full Sail operation. Full Sail has a long history in the Gorge dating back to the mid 1980s and is a great example of Oregon beer and food.
While the kids scarfed down some burgers, I tried the 2016 Imperial Stout. This is a strong, dark brew and It’s like drinking a cup of chocolate…. Delicious.
This is some high gravity stuff and you might not want to hit it hard before the race, but that’s just me.
Anyhow, if you are a race newbie you don’t want to miss visiting Thunder Island Brewing. It truly is race headquarters, but if it’s time to go explore Full Sail is a fun stop.
Bridge of the Gods 10K Course
This year, due to the fire the 5K and 10K course followed the trail South of Cascade Locks while the half Marathon route went North after finishing the out and back stretch.
This course is smooth and meanders along the Columbia river. I actually thought that the tunnel near the first aid station was the hardest point (picture in the gallery below). With 1000-1500 runners going through the tunnel there isn’t alot of oxygen left to go around… Luckily the tunnel isn’t too long.