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City of Astoria, Oregon


Run on the River 2020

We know you have been anxiously waiting to hear the status of the Astoria Run on the River 2020. The Run on the River committee - made up of dedicated volunteers from the Astoria Parks, Recreation and Community Foundation, the Astoria Parks Department, runners in our community and Buoy Beer Co. have been monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the declarations by the Governor of Oregon and our local government. And with that our fundraiser for the community,  Run on the River, must adapt.  And so…. 

Run on the River is going Virtual. 

While our hearts are heavy that we won’t be able to share a Buoy beverage with you on the Riverwalk this year, our intention is still the same: 

Run on the River is a fundraiser to benefit families and individuals to access health and wellness in our community. That, by the way, is also our number one priority for all of our Run on the River participants, volunteers, sponsors and the community who support our fundraiser - continued health and wellness.

So what does the 7th Annual Run on the River Sponsored By Buoy Beer look like this year? 

For those of you who are currently registered for the 5k, 10k or Half marathon you will automatically be signed up for the Virtual Run. 
The VIRTUAL RUN can be accomplished in the comfort of your own home or on your favorite route in your community while maintaining your 6-foot personal space bubble in order to accomplish responsible social distancing.  We’ll send you a Run on the River 2020 t-shirt, a finisher’s medal (it’s finally orange this year!), and a voucher to be redeemed at Buoy Beer Co. You will also receive a HUGE thanks for helping us provide future scholarships for kids’ swim lessons and youth sports.  

That is not all - our route coordinator John will be creating a run-a-long video you can run to on your own exercise equipment for each of our race lengths. We’ll even make it more realistic by adding some snark from our race announcer, Norma. 

We look forward to seeing your Virtual Run highlights on social media.  #runontheriver #virtualrun 

If you prefer not to participate in the Virtual Run you may choose to donate your registration fee to the Astoria Parks Foundation. Your registration fee will go to the scholarships for the Parks and Recreation Department. We won’t send the t-shirt, or a medal but the people who benefit from the funds raised by our most significant fundraiser will be grateful. 

In the next few days the Registration site will be updated to also include a Virtual Kids Fun Run with kids t-shirt and a Virtual Zero K (an option to get the shirt and medal without the virtual run).  

We know this is a unique time for everyone. Let us know how we can help. The registration is not refundable, but if you feel you need a refund, let us know. We can’t provide a full refund due to the costs already incurred to get our event to this point, but we want to be able to help you too, because you are part of our community as well. 

Thank you for being a part of our amazing community of runners and volunteers and most of all for helping us raise funds in our community. We can not do this without you. 

We’ll be updating the registration page and sending updates on Facebook. We’ll make every reasonable effort to safely provide your swag in May but we will also be rolling with the changes and obstacles COVID-19 may bring. We thank you for your understanding. 

Jennifer Benoit
Volunteer Race Director
Run on the River
Astoria Parks, Recreation and Community Foundation 


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Click here to link to Run on the River registration.





Employee of the Month

Brianna Bowker has led our Recreation Division since 2018 and she’s worked tirelessly since then to raise the bar for the many programs and activities she oversees: youth and adult sports, pre-k childcare, special events, summer camps and after school care for elementary students, and much more.  Brianna is a driving force for our department and sets a positive example for the staff she leads and the patrons she serves.  We wish we could say more to emphasize how important she is to our organization, but we’ll settle for a big THANK YOU BRI!!!!

Park Partner of the Month

We wanted to recognize our community partner the US Coast Guard, and specifically their Rescue Swimmer unit that uses our facilities to train.  Coast Guard personnel are always quick to volunteer assistance and we are so grateful for our partnership with our local USCG members.  Semper Paratus!

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