Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
5
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4.5
Experience one of the country’s most spectacular and breathtaking marathons. Begin your run on the historic Columbia River Highway with its colorful fall foliage, pass by waterfalls and enjoy amazing vistas. Pass through the small town of Mosier then wind your way up to the turn around at Rowena Viewpoint … MORE
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    georgefox98 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran this as a bucket list race just for the scenery, and it did not disappoint! I am a flatlander, so people that run a lot of hills probably … MORE

    I ran this as a bucket list race just for the scenery, and it did not disappoint! I am a flatlander, so people that run a lot of hills probably won’t think it as tough as I did, but there is a LOT of uphill going out, which means a LOT of downhill on the back half. It makes for a fast finish! Once you get up that huge uphill, you’re on the old highway, and it’s spectacular. The fall trees are in full color and stretches are truly a tunnel of amazing. There is a big water stop at an overlook, so be sure to stop for water and photos! People can run with their dogs, so bonus, you get to see cute dogs! Post-race, they know how to treat runners – taco bar, fresh fruit and cider from local orchards, cake, coffee – if you leave hungry, it’s your own fault. Highly recommend!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    domino76 FIRST-TIMER '18

    My favorite part of this run was a late start time! My wave was 9:50am. Especially since I had to drive over an hour to get to the start line. … MORE

    My favorite part of this run was a late start time! My wave was 9:50am. Especially since I had to drive over an hour to get to the start line. But this really is a absolute beautiful run. The course had some hills but they were more in the 1st 3 miles when you have more energy and it was great coming back down them at the end of the course. I actually got my new PB. The swag was great, you got a beanie and the long sleeve race shit that was really nice without advertisements all over it. They also had a full on lunch of tacos and more after the race, before the race they had lots of pre things to eat such as bread (with toasters) and peanut butter, bars and more. Way to go on the race production. Very organized.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    hara2051 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Excellent aid stations, very beautiful scenery, a little hilly, well organized. I ran this one with a stroller, and had no problems with this course (other than a grumpy baby … MORE

    Excellent aid stations, very beautiful scenery, a little hilly, well organized. I ran this one with a stroller, and had no problems with this course (other than a grumpy baby starting at mile 5). We didn’t get to stick around for the after party, but the food looked delicious.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was an absolutely beautiful course. Run along the Columbia River (Oregon side), sweeping views up and down the river. Run on a paved road, you run amongst a old … MORE

    This was an absolutely beautiful course. Run along the Columbia River (Oregon side), sweeping views up and down the river. Run on a paved road, you run amongst a old growth forest but still get glimpses of the views the majority of the run. It WAS hilly. Up and down, the entire course. A small race, I think around 225 marathon finishers, one never felt crowded. It was easy to visit with others because of the small number of runners, which made the run go by quickly.
    START: 9 a.m. start, but they also offered an 8 a.m. early start. A surprising number of runners took the early start. Parking is plentiful, and then they bus you uphill to the start. Precisely 2.5 miles uphill. You will appreciate this start location around mile 24.
    SWAG: A light 1/4 zip jacket and a beanie given to all runners.
    POST RACE PARTY: If you like a taco bar, 2 types of home made soup, beer, water, and other drinks and a multitude of locally picked fruit, you will enjoy the food. The organization also allowed runners to sign up for other races that they sponsor at a nice discount.
    MEDAL:. The medal was nice sized, heavy and showcased the autumn leaves falling around.

    This was a beautiful course. Definitely one of the nicest I have ever run. Although a tough race, I ran a negative split (my second ever) and ran my best time for 2016. Speaks well for small crowds and conversation.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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