Great Columbia Crossing canceled, might be rescheduled

Stevie Allen, the first male finisher of the race, runs along the Astoria bridge during The Great Columbia Crossing last year. Organizers canceled this year's event, for now, but hope to reschedule this year.

The Great Columbia Crossing on Sunday has been canceled.

The event organizers made the decision in consultation with the Oregon Department of Transportation and law enforcement.

With first responders and medical personnel having to attend to emergencies around the area Saturday night and Sunday morning, they might be unavailable to help at the 10K run/walk over the Astoria Bridge.

“It would be unwise and unsafe for us to continue without adequate staffing for traffic control, security, medical response,” Kelsey Balensifer said in a release.

“Additionally, we are aware that many of our participants are traveling considerable distances to participate in our event, even while possibly facing dangerous road and weather conditions. We do not want anyone to risk their safety for the sake of our event — it’s simply not worth it,” she said.

Packets will be available at the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, 111 W. Marine Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday for those who still want their shirts and packets. For those who want packets mailed, contact the chamber.

Organizers plan to try to reschedule the Great Columbia Crossing for later this year and will contact all entrants with the news.

“We apologize for any inconvenience or hardship this has caused,” Balensifer said. “We hope you will be able to join us on the bridge again in the future, under better circumstances.”

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