The Hood To Coast Relay
what’s the buzz?
what it is…
it’s a 197 mile relay that starts on Mt. Hood, Oregon and ends at the coast in Seaside, Oregon. it’s the largest relay in the world. over 12,000 people compete in the relay! each team has 12 people and the 197 miles is divided up into 3 “legs” per runner. it’s crazy and hard, but an insane amount of fun.
have we done it?
krissie and jenna have, and we’d all love to put together a team and do it again someday.
why we're buzzing...
the race is happening this weekend, starting August 26th, and we're super jealous of the running nerds that get to go up there and go crazy.
the Hood To Coast Relay experience...
why the heck would anyone ever want to do this relay and run that freakin' much and go through all that pain?! we can't lie... it is painful, you sleep crammed in a van, you are stinky and dirty for 24 hours straight, and you're exhausted and hungry and you have to use port-o-potties... but it's a serious amount of fun!
Hood To Coast is pretty much a big group of nutcases - in an awesome way. you see, people don't just put on some shorty shorts and run like crazy. Hood To Coast is notorious for the fun factor. people put together teams with runners of all levels, and they choose funny names, dress in stupid costumes, dance on the side of the road, sing lame songs, and act a fool pretty much the whole race. it's kind of like a bunch of summer camp kids gone mad, and it's for sure an unforgettable experience.
the Hood To Coast course...
the race starts literally on Mt. Hood - at 6,000 ft. - at the Timberline Lodge. so, the first leg alone is like a 2,000 ft. descent in a little over 5 miles. then, the course goes through forests, on highways, over bridges, through downtown Portland, up hills, in the morning, the noon, and through the night for like a 24 hour period! it eventually finishes in the town of Seaside, Oregon - literally on.the.coast.
even though you are tired and stinky and running way too much... you are surrounded by this amaaaaazing scenery and terrain at all times. it's crazy beautiful, and the kind of thing everyone should try at least once in their life :D.
The Hood To Coast Vibe
there are quite a few funny videos on YouTube of teams having a blast at the race, but this team kinda reminded us of ourselves haha...