Saturday + Sunday:
June 25-26, 2022

The Bridge Burners Challenge

6.25.22

RACE TO BURN THE BRIDGE BEFORE THE CONFEDERATES CROSS!

3.5 MILE RUN & 2.5 MILE PADDLE RACE ON THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER

Ready to run. paddle. smile.

The Bridge Burner Run & Paddle details

Deadlines and Deets

Early Burner (Run & Paddle): $50 Thru 5/1/2022

LATE BURNER (RUN & PADDLE): $60 AFTER 5/1/2022

RUN ONLY EARLY: $30 THRU 5/1/2022

RUN ONLY LATE: $35 AFTER 5/1/2022

PADDLE ONLY EARLY: $30 THRU 5/1/2022

PADDLE ONLY LATE: $35 AFTER 5/1/2022

race Options & Location

Location & Race Timeline: Columbia Crossing 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA 17512. Center is located off the Columbia Exit for Route 30; at the intersection of Walnut Street and Front Street (Route 441). Bib pick up is between 10 AM and 5 PM on Friday, June 24th or beginning at 8:00 AM, Saturday, June 25th. Meet at Columbia River Park pavilion for safety meeting by 8:30 AM. Race begins at 9 AM. Cancellation Policy: This event is held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather or dangerous river conditions, we may delay the start until conditions improve or we reserve the right to transition the race to a run only event.

Run & Paddle Course: Race to burn the bridge before the Confederates cross! Run from Columbia River Park at the bridge entrance up the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail to the Iron Furnaces (1.75 Miles). Collect all your ‘dynamite’ (race baton) you’ll need and race back to the River Park (1.75 Miles). Board your kayak and paddle across the Susquehanna north of the Covered Bridge Piers (1.25 Miles). Once across, drop off the ‘dynamite’ (race baton) and paddle back on the south side of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge to Columbia River Park (1.25 miles). NO real fires/dynamite during the race. This is a wheeled course. The Running portion of the race is a mixed sidewalk and paved trail. There is also a railroad crossing on the course.

Run Course: Follows the Run & Paddle Course above. Finish line is located at Columbia River Park. Run awards will be at 10:00 AM.

Paddle Course: Details coming soon.

Kayak Information: Registrants can provide their own kayak or rent one from a local outfitter like Chiques Rock Outfitters (chiquesrockoutfitters.net). Columbia River Park is a PA Fish & Boat Commission regulated launch, so kayaks must have an unpowered boat launch permit. Visit www.fishandboat.com to purchase the necessary permit. All participants are required to wear a life vest during the kayaking leg and must be equipped with a whistle. Participants must be 16 years and older.

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Awards & Perks

Timing and Awards: Split timing for the running and kayaking legs will be provided by Pretzel City Sports. Results will be posted within 48 hours at www.PretzelCitySports.com. Awards will be given for overall event as well as run-only to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female. Cash prizes from Discover Columbia for 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) place male and female for overall event.

IMPORTANT: The run portion of the race is mixed gravel, sidewalk, and paved trail. There is also railroad crossing on the course. Columbia Crossing River Trails Center facility includes ample parking, indoor restrooms, covered/indoor registration and awards. Kayak drop off and race parking will be available on site.

Entry Fee: Entry Fee includes finisher medal, one  t-shirt and swag bag! Late registrants  may not receive the desired size. Run/Paddle: $50 by May 1. After that and race day: $60; 5K Run Only: $30 by May 1. After that and race day: $35  

Cancellation Policy: This event is held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather or dangerous river conditions, we may delay the start until conditions improve or we reserve the right to transition the race to a run only event.

THE RIVER SWAG

It's a race - but it's about the swag too!

Think of it as better than a 5k, easier than a Spartan Race, and more fun than sleeping in - all for a great cause in the most beautiful setting in the riverlands!
Justin Rule
Bridge Burner Event Team MEmber

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6.25.22

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