First Annual Bridges to Breakers Century Ride

23 September 2012 | All day | Sauvie Island to Gearhart

Ride from Sauvie Island to Gearhart in the first annual Bridge to Breakers Century, presented by the Joey Harrington Family Foundation to raise awareness and raise funds for bicycle safety. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Register for the Bridges to Breakers Century and support the BTA!

Last summer Joey Harrington was hit by a car while riding his bike on the streets of Portland. The Harrington Family Foundation plans to channel the attention from this accident to educate our community on the hazards of bicycle travel with the aim of reducing and preventing injuries to children. The significance of the issue has inspired the Harrington Family Foundation to organize a signature event that raises both awareness and funds for bicycle safety.  The first annual Bridges to Breakers bike ride will take place on September 23, 2012 and will generate much-needed capital and exposure for bicycle safety.

The event will be fashioned after similar regional events like Reach the Beach, Cycle Oregon and Hood to Coast. The funds generated from the event will be employed to purchase bike helmets that will be distributed throughout our communities by organizations such as the OHSU Sports Medicine, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Trauma Nurses organizations in local hospitals, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and the Children Cancer Association. In addition, the Harrington Family Foundation plans to develop informational and training resources to empower local non-profit organizations to implement the initiative.

HFF acknowledges the importance of team orientation and endeavors to partner with other Oregon institutions to forward its mission. Bridges to Breakers will offer several individual and corporate sponsorship levels with each creating varying opportunities for people to contribute to charities that serve our communities.

The Harrington Foundation has partnered with the following organizations to promote and fund Bridges To Breakers – Helmets for Kids.

Columbia Sportswear
Nut Case Helmets
OHSU Sports Medicine Team
Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA)
Children Cancer Association (CCA)
James R. Kuse Family Foundation

Website and Registration – Beginning May 1, 2012
Electronic registration will be available through the Harrington Family Foundation site as well as the Bridges to Breakers site. Registration fee will be $75 per rider.  Active has created a website for the Bridges to Breakers event that will balance the promotion of the ride, race logistics and information about its partners and supporting charities.

There will be an option for riders to raise another $125, which can be donated to our partner charities. The website will showcase the partner-charities and provide tools to assist participants in their fundraising efforts.  Riders will be able to select the charity that they would like their fundraising pledges to benefit.

Start-Finish Logistics

Oregon is known for scenic and diverse cycling and the routes on Bridges To Breakers are no exception.  The fun and challenging Century Course begins at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, from there participants will head out Highway 30 to Scappoose.  The 60-mile riders, on the shorter course, will start in Vernonia and meet up with the Century riders at the Mist Clatskanie Hwy and Nehalem Hwy 47 junction.  This is where the sweeping pastoral views begin on Hwy 202.

After the first rest stop, the course travels along Fall Creek and Messing Creek before picking up the Nehalem River.  After stopping for lunch at Birkenfield Country Store, riders continue toward the coast with a warm welcome that awaits all finishers in Gearhart at the Gearhart Golf Links and  McMenamins Sand Trap.

There will be five rest stops, approximately 20 miles apart, between the start and finish that will provide food, water, bike repair and first aid resources. Bus rides back to Portland will be available for an additional fee for those riders who do not wish to stay overnight at the coast.

Bridges To Breakers will conclude at McMenamins Sand Trap, located five miles north of Seaside adjacent to the greens at Gearhart Golf Links, for a Beach Party Blast!

If you have any questions please contact Nancy Marshall, 503-929-9405, or