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August is an amazing time of year for camping in the Columbia River Gorge. Moderate temperatures in the Gorge amazing scenery and consistent dry weather make for an enjoyable setting. The only downside is finding a place to camp. With such a high level of desirability, it is nearly impossible to find an opening at one of the Gorge’s many campsites. A huge thanks to the Port of Cascade Locks and the Cascade Locks School we are able to provide camping sites to anyone registered for the event.

$20 per Tent

$30 per RV

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Thunder Island

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.

School Field

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.


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.


Marine Park / Cascade Locks School

All runners must take the Shuttle Bus to the Race Start on the Washington side of the Bridge of the Gods


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

  • 10K & 5K Start: 8:30am



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.