Bridge of the Goddess
Bridge of the Goddess is a gorgeous 10k and half marathon race along the Columbia River Gorge that happens just outside of Portland in the town of Cascade Locks.
True to its name participants start and finish the race on the aptly named "Bridge of the Gods" (this is the actual bridge name, we aren't making that up.) The race takes runners from the bridge to sections of the Columbia River Highway Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and back to the bridge for the finish.
If you you're looking for scenic way to kick off the fall season this is a race to check out.
Both run courses start and finish at the Bridge of the Gods and follow an out and back course. Expect well groomed and paved trails with spectacular views along the Columbia Gorge for the duration of the race.
Hills are a factor in this run, not extreme but expect a few leg burners.