Friday, October 19, 2012
Organizers of the Columbia Gorge Marathon are excited about the news that the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway is reopened in the Twin Tunnels area between Mosier and Hood River.
The road had been closed since Sept. 25 due to the Milepost 66 fire, which burned above and below a section of the road across from Stanley Rock at Koberg Beach.
Although the fire was out within a few days, Oregon State Parks closed the road while hazards created by the blaze were addressed.
Marathon organizers had a contingency route planned but were confident Oregon State Parks would have the road cleared and opened in time for the event.
With the road reopened, Breakaway Promotions is busy gearing up for what is expected to be another successful event. This year’s cap of 1,000 for the marathon and half-marathon is expected to be reached, although registration has not yet been closed.
See columbiagorgemarathon.com to register.
In addition to the 26.2-mile marathon and the 13.1-mile half marathon, a third event is designed specifically for kids. As an extension of the Columbia Gorge Marathon, kids have an opportunity between now and race day to complete a marathon on their own and log their daily progress. On Oct. 27, the kids event will culminate with a 1.2-mile run at the Hood River Marina in which young runners will finish at the same stage and with the same crowd as adult participants.
The run starts at 4 p.m. and all kids in grades K-5 are invited to participate, even if they didn’t complete a log sheet beforehand.
Drivers are asked to avoid the Button Junction intersection (near China Gorge Restaurant) on Oct. 28 if possible.
Both marathon and half-marathon courses start at the Port of Hood River’s Port Marina Park, travel through downtown and head east to the Hood River side of the Twin Tunnels Trail through Button Junction.
Traffic delays should be expected at the intersection.
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