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Race Day Questions

The following information is about the 2021 Great Columbia Crossing. Please check back in next year for 2022 event information. 

Can I bring a bag?

No bags are allowed. This includes fanny packs, backpacks, running belt pouches, diaper bags, purses, camel backs, shopping sacks - NO BAGS are allowed. You can carry loose items in your pockets (keys, water bottles, etc.)

We will provide a “Sweat Bag” Service for your jackets, sweatshirts, etc. When you arrive at Dismal Nitch, you can find the “Sweat Bag” truck located just next to the shuttle bus drop off location. You can put your sweatshirts, etc. in a clear plastic bag labeled with your Bib Number. We will shuttle the bags across the river and it will be available for pick up next to the water tables near the finish line.

What is the event route?

Start at Dismal Nitch Rest Area in Washington. Head west on State Route 401 toward US-101 S/Oregon Coast Hwy (East bound lane closed to vehicle traffic - 1 mi) Turn left onto US-101 S/Oregon Coast Hwy (Northbound lane closed to vehicle traffic - 4.2 mi) Turn left onto US-101 S/W Marine Dr. Turn left and walk around parking lot near Basin Street and follow arrows west to the Riverwalk Stay on Riverwalk and then turn right onto Hamburg Street Right on Gateway and then go straight to the Finish Line at the foot of Basin Street!

How does electronic Chip Timing work?

We contract with Eclectic Edge Racing, out of Eugene, to provide electronic chip timing for participants who pay the $5 chip timing upgrade fee. The chip is attached to the back of your bib -- as soon as you cross the start line, your time starts! The chip records your finish time once you step across the finish line. We will have a line of volunteers at the finish line who will tear the chip off your bib.

Will there be an award ceremony?

A short awards ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. near the Finish Line. We will announce the top three winners in each age and gender category. If you are not at the ceremony, you will be responsible for picking up any award.

Age groups and categories for men and women will include 15 categories: 19-under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40- 44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80- 84; 85-89; 90 & over. The number of awards is based on the number of participants in each category.

Where is clothing storage (sweat bag bus) and pickup?

The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce provides a “Sweat Bag” Service! When you arrive at Dismal Nitch, you can find the “Sweat Bag” truck located just next to the shuttle bus drop off location. You can put your sweatshirts, etc. in a plastic bag labeled with your Bib Number. We will shuttle the bags across the river and it will be available for pick up next to the water tables near the finish line.

What do I need for packet pickup?

Upon registering for the event, participants will be required to select a packet pickup time slot between Thursday, October 6 and Sunday, October 10, or you may choose to have your packet shipped to you. If you did not opt to have your packet shipped, you are required to attend the time slot you signed up for.

Each Great Columbia Crossing paid participant has their own packet, which must be picked up prior to the race in order to participate. The packet includes their unique bib number, safety pins and 5 Clam Bucks. Participants that selected to ship their packets, or those that chose a Thursday or Friday time slot will be given 5 extra Clam Bucks for 10 total. Participants who purchased a t-shirt with their registration will also be given their t-shirt during packet pick up.

Children under age 10 who registered as a free participant will also pick up their "kid bibs" at packet pick up.

If possible, we recommend picking up your packet on Thursday or Friday, when lines are shorter. This helps ease the strain on our staff and volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, our two busiest days for packet pick up.

You may pick up a packet for friends and/or family members. If you are part of a group, please send one representative into the building to pickup packets for all group members. We will ask you for the following information for each of the group members:

- Correct spelling of the participant's first & last name (used during registration).
- City where the participant lives (used during registration).
- Your name (to make note of who picked up the packet on the participant's behalf).

Participants without a bib, included in your packet, WILL NOT be allowed on a shuttle bus and WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the 10K. If you are caught with a fraudulent bib, a bib from the virtual 10k, or without a bib, you will be cited and banned from future Great Columbia Crossing events.

Are there showers or changing rooms after the event?

Showers are available at the Astoria Aquatic Center located at 1997 Marine Drive in Astoria. Aquatic Center admission includes access to the pool: check with the Astoria Aquatic Center for prices.

Where do I get the snack and water?

A light snack and drink is available straight ahead of the finish line. Water stations are set up at the Start Line at Dismal Nitch & the Finish Line. You will see a WATER banner above the water tables. Water is not provided along the race route because it occurs along a state highway that promptly re-opens to traffic following the race, leaving no time to clean up water station garbage.

How many bathrooms will be at the event?

There are 12 portable restrooms where you load the shuttle buses at the Port of Astoria (also the finish line). However, you will find 35 portable restrooms at the starting line at Dismal Nitch!

Questions? Email Event Coordinator Kelsey Balensifer or call 503-325-6311.

Will a shuttle bus return me to the parking lot at the Port of Chinook after the race?

Yes. Shuttle buses returning to the Port of Chinook will leave the Port of Astoria (finish line) at 11:00 and 11:45 a.m.

Can I buy an event shirt afterwards?

Shirts are an optional item that are first made available to participants and then sold to the general public. Shirts are available while supplies last at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and at the Chamber booth near the finish line.

Where can I buy professional event photos?

We will have a professional event photographer taking photos on the course. We will provide a link on our homepage to the event photos once they are available.

When do I get my race results?

The initial results are posted on our website at within 24 hours. The final results will be corrected within 7 days.

When should I mark my calendar for the upcoming Great Columbia Crossing 10K events?

Sunday, October 9, 2022.