Hood to Coast Relay to take place next weekend

Listen up, all you round-the-clock relay racers. It’s Hood To Coast time again!

The 22nd annual Nationwide Insurance Hood To Coast Relay will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Timberline Lodge, and run through the night until it concludes Saturday in Seaside.

Teams from across the country have helped make Hood To Coast the largest relay race in North America, stretching over 195 miles from Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean.

More than 12,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate on one of the 12-person teams, who will start their journey Friday morning. Each runner will complete three legs of the 36-stage relay, and teams usually stagger their starts to take advantage of individual strengths.

Teams make their way down Mt. Hood on Highway 26, then go through Sandy and Portland before heading through St. Helens, Jewell, and finally, Seaside.

Typical finishing time is between 20 and 35 hours, with certain elite teams finishing in 17 hours or less (the record is 15:44).

Two Hood River Teams, the Gorge Plodders (Steve Becker) and Road Trash (Jeff Irwin), have signed up to run the race, while a number of other local runners including Tom Moline, Kristen Uhler, Jon Gehrig and Scott Becker will also be involved.

In addition to the 195-mile relay race, the annual event will also feature the Portland-to-Coast Walk and the Portland-to Coast High School Challenge.

As of Tuesday morning, four spots remained for the 400-team PTC Walk, and seven spots remained for the 50-team PTC High School Challenge. However, names of local participants were not available at press time.

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