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Hood to Coast Relay
August 23, 2019 - August 24, 2019
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day fourth of August, repeating until August 25, 2023
1,050 teams of 12 runners (min. 6)
Hood To Coast is 199 miles long.
12,600 runners and 3,600 volunteers
HTC began in 1982 with 8 teams, and has filled the team cap for 28 straight years, and on opening day of registration for 21 years straight!
Hood To Coast Relay History
A group of running friends were looking to test themselves in a fresh new challenge. That’s when Bob’s mind (who had also run 35 marathons and 13 ultras) starting churning and came up with the idea of running from nearby Mount Hood, the backdrop for the City of Portland where his family lived, to another favorite weekend get-away…the beach! A group of running friends and competitors would form relay teams, handing off every 5 miles, starting at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood and finishing in the quaint coastal town of Pacific City. As a dedicated runner, Bob knew it was something he and his fellow running enthusiasts would enjoy as a challenging, unique, and truly memorable experience!
The first Hood To Coast Relay took place, August 7, 1982 on a full moon, with 8 teams of 10 runners. Simple spray paint marks were made on the road to indicate exchange points, exactly every five miles. This translated to one exchange point being in the middle of a very busy intersection in Portland!
Word got out of the adventurous Hood To Coast Relay, and the race began to take on a life of its own. As HTC grew each year, it necessitated safer exchange points with more ample parking, resulting in varying leg lengths that continue today. In 1989, the event outgrew capacity for the town of Pacific City and moved to the beachside community of Seaside, Oregon. The distance of the event then increased to 199 miles, with teams growing in size to 12 members, in order to accommodate the extra mileage.
Today, the Hood To Coast Relay has filled its team limit for the last 28 years, and on “Opening Day” for the last 21 years!
In 2006, Felicia Hubber, came on-board the Hood To Coast organization as President and Race Director, and today is Chairperson, overseeing event logistics and long term vision. Felicia has participated in HTC six times, and attended or assisted in the race 34 of the last 37 years. The “Mother of All Relays” looks to continue for many years to come, with a vision for adventure, equity, and continuous improvement at the forefront.
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