CAMPING, RACE DAY SHUTTLE & PARKING,
RACE DAY PARKING
Cascade Locks School / Marine Park
Parking in Cascade Locks is very limited so it is critical that we have everyone's cooperation when finding parking on race morning. Please follow the directions of our parking attendants wearing the yellow vests.
We will first direct runners to park at Cascade Locks School which is free and helps reduce congestion in the park.
Parking at the school puts runners right at packet pickup and the shuttle bus pickup.
Overflow parking will be at Marine Park.
When picking up runners after their race please do so on Wa Na Pa Street. Do NOT come down into the park after 8 AM. This will greatly help congestion and traffic flow. Please be respectful of local businesses and do not park outside of these two designated spots.
Bus Shuttle 6:15 am till 7:45 am
Shuttles to Race Start leave from Southside of Marine Park Entrance
Half Marathon Start: 8 am
CAMPING AT BRIDGE OF THE GODS
We are able to provide this opportunity through the partnerships and generosity of the Port of Cascade Locks and Cascade Locks School.
Cost of camping is $20 per tent or $30 per RV space. Each site may have up to 4 people.
You may purchase additional tent sites for $20 per site. You may sign up for camping in advance with your registration or you may purchase a campsite at the Camping Registration Tent from noon to 7 PM on Saturday.
If you signed up in advance simply give your name to the Camping Registration Tent attendant to get setup. We are limited on space so it is encouraged that you sign up in advance.
The camping check-in booth for all camping is located next to the pedestrian bridge over to Thunder Island.
Check-In / Check-Out
You may check in and set up your campsite starting at noon. The camping registration tent closes at 7 PM so please make sure you check in by then. You must be loaded and your area cleaned by 3 PM on Sunday. Leave it as you found it!
Please note that the hand carts and golf cart service are not able to cross the pedestrian bridge from 7 AM to noon on Sunday due to the race and foot traffic.
You will be required to carry your camping supplies off Thunder Island by hand during this time.
Camping was only made possible by the incredible generosity of the Port of Cascade Locks and Cascade Locks School. Please be sure and leave your sites in good condition by picking up trash around your area and removing all camping equipment. There are positively, absolutely, no campfires at any of the camping locations. Cook stoves are permitted.
Anyone caught camping without signing up and paying the fee will be disqualified from the race. This is a fundraiser for the Cascade Locks School. ALL proceeds go to help with school supplies and after-school programs. ALL proceeds for the camping on Thunder Island go to supporting Marine Park maintenance and improvements.
THUNDER ISLAND - All tent campers on Thunder Island must check in from noon to 7 PM at the tent next to the pedestrian bridge to Thunder Island. CASCADE LOCKS SCHOOL - All RV's and tent campers camping at Cascade Locks School must check in at the tent located at the entrance to the athletic field.
Tent Campers Only there is an great camping opportunity just 100 meters away from the finish line and post event party. This is an extremely rare opportunity as the island is closed for camping the rest of the year with the exception of the Mountain Man Rendezvous Camp and PCT Days. We will supply portable restrooms and hand wash stations onsite in the middle of the camping area. Showers are available at Cascade Locks School located 400 meters away from Thunder Island. Pricing is per tent with a maximum of 4 people per tent. Larger tents are an option but require the purchase of a second tent site.
For RV and Tent Campers the athletic field at Cascade Locks School. This location is flat, right next to restrooms and showers and puts you a stones throw away from the Sunday morning shuttle bus pickup. Vehicles are allowed near the tent area in the designated parking nearby.
Camping is for Saturday night only with check-in beginning at noon and all camping gear and site must be removed cleaned up by 3pm on Sunday. Trash cans will be provided throughout the sites and you are required to remove all trash from your area. Campfires are prohibited at both locations. We are limiting camping to the first 100 to register for the event and sign up for the camping option. Proceeds from your camp fees go to Cascade Locks School.
RACE DAY SHUTTLE BUS INFORMATION
We will have shuttle buses available to transport runners from the race parking/packet pickup over to the start on the Washington State side of the Columbia River.
Runners are not allowed to walk across the bridge while traffic is going as it is dangerous.
Buses will begin shuttling runners at 6:15 AM and run till 7:45 AM. If you would like plenty of space on the bus, we strongly encourage you to take one of the many shuttle buses heading over the river between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM. These typically have far fewer passengers. Later buses will be fuller and we are working to make sure everyone who is traveling solo has their own seat (family and friends from the same cohort please share a seat).
Here are some of the benefits of getting to the start early.
Amazing views of the bridge, river, and gorge from the interpretive center at the start.
80% of all porta potties for the event will be located at the start.
Breakfast bars, fruit, and water will be available
Race music will start playing at 7 AM.
Plenty of room to spread out and relax!
Bag check is available for anyone wanting to check in their jacket, clothing, water bottle, etc.
We will transport your bag to the finish area for you after the start of the race.
Anyone who has friends or family joining them at the event that are not running in the event are more than welcome to drop their runners off at the start. There is no parking allowed at the start so they would only be able to drop their runner off then depart back to Oregon and our official race parking locations. Please be aware there will be a toll fee to cross the bridge in both directions.
The majority of the course is a narrow closed trail so please do not venture deep into the course.
The Half Marathon is best viewed from Tooth Rock Trailhead where you’ll see runners before and after they hit the turnaround. Oregon State Parks has ample parking available at this location.
Join us at the Finish Line Area on Thunder Island at the Marine Park. The best place to park is on the main city street, WaNaPa, avoiding the congested entrance to Marine Park and helping to keep the narrow roadway entering the park clear from congestion so our runners safely make it to the finish line.