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Astoria & the Great Columbia Crossing

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So, jwa and I did the Great Columbia Crossing 10k in Astoria on Sunday. He ran and I walked it. He did the 6.2 miles in 49 minutes and 49 seconds. So awesome! Meanwhile, I walked the 6.2 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Not too bad. My goal was to come in at or under 2 hours. Woo! We figured out that he ran at about 7.7 miles per hour and I was doing about 3.8 miles per hour walking. Not too bad. Especially since this is the first time either of us has done anything like this before.

We drove up there Saturday, scanning the radio, while jwa sang along with a lot of the songs we recognized on the radio in the style of the Decemberists. And that is as fun as it sounds!

After getting out of Portland, I was slightly nervous at the number of McCain/Palin signs on the drive in, but was relieved to see a huge Obama/Biden sign about 20 miles outside of Astoria. Hooray! I try to keep my blog politics-free (hey, we all like to eat), but we cheered at the sight of that one.

Anyway, once in Astoria, we picked up our packets at Astoria High School (tons of Obama bumper stickers in the parking lot) and then continued on to the Hotel Elliott to check in. We had a tasty pasta dinner at Fulios. When you are running/walking six miles the next day, you need to bulk up with some pasta. Yeah!

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Veggie antipasto platter — grilled eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and capers.

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Hotel Elliott at night

After this, we went back, got in bed, and watched Hud on TMC.

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The view from our hotel window at 6am

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jwa, #1, about an hour before the race, in Chinook (Dismal Nitch), Washington. “Hotel Citroen…A Magnificent New Hotel on Colorful Ping Island.”

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Me, sleepy, #1003

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A heron, riverfront, before the start

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More heron

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And it starts. So many people. Runners started first. I think there were at least 500+ people there There were actually 700 registered runners there. And there were at least 500-700 walkers. So damn! There were a lot of people doing it this year.

It was about a mile before we hit the bridge.

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On the bridge. The runners are way ahead. I was about in the first 1/3 of the walkers.

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More bridge.

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Entering Oregon. The race starts in Washington and crosses into Oregon on the bridge. This is about 2.5 miles in…It’s a little past here that jwa calls me to tell me that he’s done.

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More bridge. I think this is still before the incline.

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Looking back. Glad I am up the incline at this point!

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Scenic!

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From the bridge still, but I’m in the home stretch!

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Looking back. Glad I’m only about .75 miles form being done here.

James finished early enough to go back to the room and take a quick shower and then meet me at the finish line. We both had a great time! We’re already looking forward to doing it again next year. I’ll post bigger pictures at flickr

2 comments to Astoria & the Great Columbia Crossing

  • Edie

    Way to go, Mr. and Mrs. Awesome! Good job! Edie

  • Walt

    Enjoyed your pictures. I grew up in Astoria (live south of Portland now), and ran the GCC for the first time with a couple of high school friends who had done it several times before. Because I was running, I wasn’t carrying a camera, so it was neat seeing your photos. What a great day!

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