FAQ

Is there a cutoff for number of entrants?

Yes! We will close registration at 1500.

Is this a qualifier for Boston Marathon?

No it is not.

Will there be Race Apparel for Purchase?

Yes! We will offer Men's and Women's quarter-zip tech tees that can be purchased when you register for the event. Limited sizes will be available to buy during packet pickup.

All competitors will receive a commemorative tech beanie embroidered with the race logo in their swag bag.

Can I register the same day of the race?

There is no day of race registration. Registered competitors will be able to pick up their race number and packet starting at 6:30am at the finish line tent, but no new registrations.

Is Mail-in Registration Available?

Yes, a printable pdf can be filled out and mailed in. No mail in registrations after October 15th.

What time does the Race Start?

Full Marathon: 9am
Half Marathon: 9:30am
Early Start: 8am * All competitors who believe they will be on course longer than six hours are welcome to be at the start line at 8am and we will have an official start for you!

Will there be finishing medals?

Yes. We have some gorgeous Finisher Medals that are hand made by a local artist. Awards will be given out by age Group.

Will there be food at the finish?

Yes, we will have a food tent at the finish line, featuring El Rio Burrito, hot soup and homemade bread from Lou Gehrig. Apples and pears from  local orchards will also be offered. Food will also be offered to spectators at the price of $7 per person. This means you may purchase a ticket to enter and enjoy our finish line food while you cheer on the incoming racers! The food at the finish has always been a BIG HIT!

How does the Half Marathon Team Event Work?

This event is two people splitting a HALF marathon. One runner will run out meeting their teammate who has driven east to the town of Mosier. The first runner will go from the Hood River Event Site start towards Mosier, and the second runner will return along the same route the first runner ran and continue into Hood River to the finish line at the Hood River Event Site. There will be an exchange set up to assist runners.

Where can we store personal items while during the race?

Columbia Gorge Marathon will be providing each competitor a bag to store items not needed while you run.  We want you to focus on your race. We will take care of the logistics.

Are Ipod's Allowed?

Yes!

Will there be transportation to the start of the race?

YES! We will be providing shuttle buses to get full marathon competitors to the start at the Mark O. Hatfield Trail head on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The shuttle will pick people up near the finish line and transport them to the start. Half marathon will start and finish at the Hood River Event Site.

There is NO PARKING at the Full Marathon Start. It is DROP OFF ONLY.

Shuttle service will start at 7am at the Hood River Event Site (next to the finish) and continue every 10 minutes up to 8:40am, so please give yourself enough time!

Are there Aid Stations along the course?

Yes, we will have aid stations every 3 miles.

Will there be Port-a-Potties along the course?

Yes, there will be numerous areas to go to the bathroom along the course. Of course using Port-a-Potties, and not the bushes  🙂  No need to get Poison Oak where the sun don't shine!

Are Walker’s Allowed?

Yes. The course will be supported for six hours. Early start time available at 8am. All competitors who believe they will be on course longer than six hours are welcome to be at the start line at 8am and we will have an official start for you!

Can we pick up race packets for friends?

Yes, please provide us with a letter, email or text message authorizing you to pick it up on their behalf.

Are Strollers Allowed?

Yes! We will have a separate class for strollers. We only ask for consideration not to get in the way of runners.

Are there Refunds or Transfers?

There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant on the waiting list. This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets super busy as we approach the event date and we will be unable to process any transfers. This is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event.

If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.

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