Saturday, Aug 5, 2023

Galloping Gertie

Tacoma Narrows Airport

Tacoma, WA Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Aug 5, 2023

Race Day Registration

We will have race day registration at the start line, Tacoma Narrows Airport. Cash / credit / check.

What is Galloping Gertie?

Galloping Gertie is the nickname of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a local icon that spans the Puget Sound between Tacoma and Gig Harbor, Washington. Crossing it provides breathtaking views of the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains.

The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge suffered a catastrophic collapse in November 1940, just four months after it opened. It earned its nickname while it was under construction, when workers observed the bridge deck jump during periods of high wind. A fatal error in the engineering of the bridge resulted in its collapse when the winds caused something called aeroelastic flutter. At the time, Gertie was the third longest suspension bridge in the world.

The replacement bridge opened in1950 (this is the existing westbound bridge) and the newer eastbound bridge opened in 2007. The engineering disaster that resulted the collapse of the bridge makes the Tacoma Narrows Bridge one of the more famous in the world.

Runner Perks and Swag

All runners will receive a custom shirt and finisher medal with the design of the iconic bridge!

Gallop Gertie for a Good Cause

For the past eleven years, Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North has sponsored a half-marathon, 10k and 5K across the bridge.

Local beneficiaries of the fundraising event will be FoodBackpacks4Kids, Children’s Home Society and Communities In School Peninsula.

We look forward to seeing you on the bridge to support these great causes!

Event's current local time: 9:19 PM PT

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