Back for 2022
Races are back in Tacoma for 2022. Come join us as we "gallop" across the iconic Tacoma Narrows Bridge in half marathon, 10K or 5K races.
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 time: 8:16 AM
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!