This Event Took Place Sat. Jun 16, 2012


The gun goes off at 9:00am for both the 4 mile and half marathon race. Other websites are reporting the wrong start time.

Come participate in the 9th annual White Salmon Backyard Half and new 4 Miler!

This year we will be starting earlier at 9:00 am, running the course counterclockwise, AND we will have a shorter 4 mile trail for people not ready to commit to the 1/2 marathon! Hikers are also welcome. The rocky section will now be taken as an uphill and be much easier on the feet and legs! The downhill will be a pleasure this year!

Once again, it is FREE to enter! If you can spare a little change, a suggested donation of $25 or more will go to the White Salmon Cross Country Boosters who are staffing the aid stations. Proceeds will also support the Columbia Gorge Running Club student scholarship fund! The Booster Club helps the Columbia High School Cross Country team go to camp, compete in an amazing meet in Seaside, OR, and much more! The CGRC scholarship helps high school runners continue their goals beyond high school. Donate for the kids! Additional donations and donations less than $25 will be available at the race.

Also, you can sign up without donating. If you change your mind, you can donate at the run.

Last year we had almost 300 runners participate, and we are hoping for the same this year!


  • YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR THE EVENT AT THE STARTING LINE!!! Registration and the Start/Finish will be around the corner from Everybody's Brewing at Rheingarten Park at N. Main Ave and NW Lincoln St.
  • 7:00 am check-in and day of registration opens.
  • 8:55 am is the pre-run meeting at the start line, which will be on Washington St. and N Main Ave.
  • Both the 1/2 Marathon and the 4 Mile Race Begin at the same time and place!
  • If you drop out please check in at the finish line so we know you are safe!
  • Course

    • The course involves a challenging climb and descent with gorgeous views of the Columbia River. The course will be marked with flour and orange surveyors tape.
    • The trail portion of the 1/2 Marathon course is about 11.5 miles and is a big loop.
    • The trail portion of the 4 mile course is about 2.5 miles and is a small loop on hilly terrain with gorgeous views!
    • The road portion of the course is around a mile each way, to get you to and from the trail. The road portion of both races starts at the corner of NW Washington St and N Main Ave. Head east on Washington St then south on Snohomish until you reach Tohomish St. You will follow this until its end and take a hard left onto Park ave. From there you will drop into the trail system. You will be returning from another trail right back onto Tohomish and head back west to Rhinegarten Park via the same route you took out. Here is a link to the road portion on Google Maps at the start of the race: >
    • No dogs are allowed.
    • There will be 3 aid stations and an additional "light" aid station with 3 miles left in the race.
    • The first full aid station is about 30 to 40 minutes from the start depending on how quick you are. Make sure to bring a water bottle. Especially if it is hot!

    Day of Registartion

    You can still register for the race at the start line!!! See you there!

    Local time: 11:03 PM


Allan Dushan
Race Director

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