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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, October 21, 2018
2017: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Very Hilly
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: No

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 63°F (17°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 95.57
Course Score: 95.57

Race Size

2017: 186 Finishers
2016: 226 Finishers
2015: 253 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: N/A
2016: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The hilly and challenging Columbia Gorge begins on the banks of the Columbia River; The course then winds up and through the Columbia River Gorge on the old scenic highway - past waterfalls, amazing vistas and colorful fall foliage.

Marathon Rankings

The Columbia Gorge Marathon was the 271st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 245th largest in 2016.

Its Course Score of 95.57 ranks it as the 413th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 10th fastest course in Oregon.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Columbia Gorge Marathon a PR Score of 95.57. This PR Score ranks it as the 392nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in Oregon.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 757 feet (230m)
Min Elevation: 88 feet (26m)


Recent Columbia Gorge Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2016 Columbia Gorge Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful scenery. Challenging, hilly course. Nice support. Small field of under 300.

Race Tips

Easy start because there's a 3 mile hill climb starting at mile 19.

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review of 2016 Columbia Gorge Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Love the small town feel. Sights during the run were the best I've seen in over 20 marathons. Really tough stretch from mile 18-21 (all up).

Race Tips

Patience. Lots of downhill and uphills in the beginning can get you anxious. Just race to enjoy the sights in this one.

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Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Columbia Gorge Marathon in 3:52:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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