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Backyard Half Marathon
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Rheingarten Park
White Salmon, WA

June 16th, 2018  Backyard Half Marathon 9am for both half and 4 mile



Come participate in the 11th annual White Salmon Backyard Half and 4 Miler!

The gun goes off at 9:00 am for both the 4 mile and half marathon race and we are running the courses counterclockwise.


This event is a fundraiser for our White Salmon Cross Country Boosters and the Columbia Gorge Running Club Student Scholarship Fund. We suggest a donation of $25 or more. The Booster Club helps the Columbia High School Cross Country team go to running camp, compete in an amazing races around the Northwest, purchase shoes for runners in financial need, and much more! The CGRC scholarship helps high school runners continue their goals beyond high school. Additional donations and donations less than $25 will be available at the race.


You can also 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!



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  • Registration and the Start/Finish will be 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!



    • 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 Registration

    You can still register for the race at the start line!!! See you there!
    Sign up at: Ultrasignup

2017 Backyard Half Marathon Completed Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 
                                                                       Click here for PDF                                   

View from the Top!



RD Allan Dushan

2012 Results: Click here to see PDF

2011 Results: Click here to see PDF

2010 Results: Click here to see PDF
Weather was in the 50's, with Rain at times, and wind. It was downright chilly standing on top!
The top six runners broke last years course record! 
Columbia X-C Athlete Voluteers/RD Allan        Awesome Volunteers @ Finish, and Fence.
Finish Line Area                                                                      Jessica H. Freestyle      Bill Mellow
Louis G.                  Nice Views                                       Rick J.                   Kelly J. & Sarah R.
Dreary View from the top!                    View right after the sweeps passed by.         Finish Kick!
Sweeps Maura, & Jennifer.                    War Paint                Satiated Runners


2009 Results: Click here to see PDF
Partly cloudy, 60's and, windy

Photo's of 2009 (also click on this link for some great shots that Bob Lynes took).

Here is a link to more photo's:

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