The Eagle Creek fire could have spelled the end for this year’s Bridge of the Goddess race, but it hasn’t! The race will go on. Here is the text of the press release from race director Paula Harkin:
Hello Goddess Participants:
Thank you for your patience while we evaluated our options for Bridge of the Goddess 2017.
After careful deliberation and with the assistance of many people and governmental entities, we have decided to move our race to Vancouver, WA. Over the course of this week we have secured a route, appropriated permits, and ascertained support infrastructure. The race date and time will stay the same.
We have a great course that runs along the Columbia River and the half marathon includes a loop into historic Fort Vancouver.
The Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon & 10K will take place as scheduled 8:00am, on Saturday, September 16th, 2017, in a new location: Vancouver, Washington.
The ramifications of the fire in the area on the Bridge of the Goddess courses are serious. Road and trail closures, fire crews & their equipment, smoke, burning materials, threat of rock and debris slides, and air quality combine to make Cascade Locks and the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail unsafe and unsuitable for runners and walkers at this time.
We chose Vancouver for a variety of reasons. Many of our event field hails from the Portland/Vancouver metro area, Vancouver is located relatively close to The Gorge, and city of Vancouver has reached out with open arms to support our efforts.
At previous editions of this race, we’ve celebrated the inner goddess in each of you, and this year will be no different. But our 2017 event will feature a different theme, one which I’m sure everyone can rally around: Helping our neighbors and regional community when they need it the most.
“We may not be able to race in The Gorge, but we can race for The Gorge.”
Donations will be accepted for a variety of organizations, including first responders, American Red Cross and Gorge area services such as FISH, a local food bank.
Collectively we can make a difference!
Thank you for keeping your Goddess spirit shining, and for your understanding in the face of this difficult situation. We are dubbing this year THE YEAR OF THE FIRE.
We will be updating our website and emailing details over the next few days including directions to race, parking information, course maps and other race day information. Packet pick up information will remain the same.
We are very busy creating an awesome race for you in Vancouver so please be patient and know we will be delivering a great event to you on Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Vancouver, Washington.
Runwithpaula & Crew
More on this event at runwithpaula.com.