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Providence Hood To Coast / Portland To Coast Relay
Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 6:00 am - Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 11:00 pm
The 36th annual Hood To Coast Relay is an overnight, long-distance relay race held in the U.S. state of Oregon, annually in late August, traditionally on the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day weekend. It is one of the longest and largest relays in the world, with 12,600 in Hood To Coast Relay, 18,000 total participants, including Portland To Coast Walk Relay and High School Challenge Relay. Considered to be on the “bucket list” for many a runner and walker, Hood To Coast has filled its team limit for the past 26 years, and 19 straight years on “Opening Day” of the lottery. The course runs approximately 320 km, 200 mi, with course length changes by 1-5 km each year due to small changes made by race organizers. Starting at Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mount Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon, through the Portland metropolitan area, and over the Oregon Coast Range, finishing on the beach of Seaside on the Oregon Coast.
Walkers and high school teams may choose to compete in the Portland To Coast Walk or Portland To Coast High School Challenge respectively, both of which are held in conjunction with the main relay and start in downtown Portland instead of Mount Hood.
Open to all interested competitors, but limited to 1,050 twelve-person teams, Hood To Coast has filled its limit on opening day for the past 19 straight years. Teams are chosen each year by lottery from the entries postmarked on the opening day of registration, historically in October of the previous year. The Portland To Coast Walk and High School Challenge are limited to 400, and 50 teams respectively; entries are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis until all spaces are filled.