GALLOP GERTIE FOR A GOOD CAUSE
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The Galloping Gertie Half Marathon, 10k and 5k offer the only race to cross the iconic Tacoma Narrows Bridge twice in the same event! Spanning between Tacoma and Gig Harbor, the original bridge was made famous in 1940 when it collapsed after 5 months of operation, earning it’s nickname of “Galloping Gertie.” We assure you the newest bridge (with the running path) is far more sound and offers you the opportunity to take in amazing views of Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains as you race across Gertie far above the Puget Sound!
The best part?
Funds raised by this event go to support youth programs addressing the nutritional, physical, educational and emotional needs of youth both locally and internationally.
A distance for everyone! Half Marathon, 10K and a 5k run/walk
Complimentary downloadable high resolution race photos
Custom finisher medal (for half marathon participants)
Half Marathon Pace Team courtesy of the Super Pacers!
History Of Galloping Gertie
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge (known as Galloping Gertie) opened on July 1, 1940. It earned its nickname as construction workers would observe the bridge deck jump during period of wind while the bridge was under construction. On November 7, 1940 the bridge collapsed due to high winds blowing through the Tacoma Narrows. 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 in 1950 (this is the existing Westbound Bridge) and the newest Eastbound Bridge (the one you will run across) opened in 2007.