Run the Historic Astoria Riverwalk trail along the Columbia River in the 6th Annual Run on the River, on Sunday, May 19. This 5K, 10K and Half Marathon is a fundraiser hosted by the Astoria Parks, Recreation and Community Foundation, sponsored by Buoy Beer Company and supported by local businesses. The intention is to raise money for scholarships for individuals and families to utilize health and wellness programs provided by Astoria Parks and Recreation. Last year, proceeds from Run on the River contributed to over 1000 scholarships for youth swimming lessons, family fitness memberships and team sports registrations.
The race starts and finishes at Buoy Beer Co. which is located in a 90+ year-old cannery building right on the river. Registered participants receive a meal and beverage at the finish from Buoy Beer and a Run on the River t-shirt. All finishers are awarded our unique, locally made, hand stamped glass medal.
Run on the River is family friendly and offers runners and walkers three lengths: half marathon, 10k or 5k. Cash prizes are awarded for half marathon winners and gift certificates for the 10k and 5k winners. Prizes are also awarded to the top finishers in each age division. Last year the race sold out, so register early to guarantee your spot and to receive discounted pricing. Early bird registration deadline is April 19.
The 2019 courses for the 5K, 10K and half marathon distances are mostly paved and follow along the Columbia River, with some sections of wood track. Due to construction on the Riverwalk scheduled through the end of May, Run on the River is detoured from the certified course on the Riverwalk beginning at the 6th Street platform to 14th Street. This means that the race will not be certified this year.
Six aid stations will offer water and snacks along the entire half marathon course (which includes the 10K and 5K routes). Weather in the Pacific Northwest can be wet in the spring, so runners should be prepared with appropriate gear and run with caution. The courses offer views of the Columbia River, the historic port area, shops, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The half marathon follows the old rail line across three trestles to the serene Alderbrook Lagoon. Race participants will hear barking sea lions as they run along the Astoria Trolley tracks, which parallel most of the course. They’ll also pass the busy freighters on the water.
Just two hours from Portland, race participants and guests will not only enjoy the scenic Riverwalk Trail, but also experience the sights and sounds of this port city situated at the mouth of the Columbia River. Astoria is the first American settlement on the west coast and features historic homes, breweries, and an amazing Sunday Market in addition to other unique shops on the water and downtown. Astoria is a peaceful getaway in the heart of the Northwest not far from Fort Clatsop and Fort Stevens, or from the sandy beaches where the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River meet. Register for Run on the River by visiting https://runontheriver.page.link/RCNW.