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Hood To Coast takes on Hilton Head!

The creators of the Mother of All Relays and the most popular relay race in the world land on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Hood To Coast Hilton Head is the flattest and fastest HTC one-day relay course with the journey starting and finishing at the beautiful The Beach House on the #1 Island in the Continental United States. This one-day, one van, six member race features all the sought after aspects of the original Hood To Coast Relay in Oregon. But guess what? No sleeping fields, no major exchanges and no running in the middle of the night. Each team of six will run 60 MILES (or walk 42 miles) with every participant completing two legs of the race.

Pre and Post-event participants get to leave the winter weather behind with 12 miles of pristine beaches, sun, sand, and surf. Enjoy 33 world-class golf courses, 300 tennis courts, over 250 restaurants, and of course our host resort, The Beach House and their iconic Tiki Hut. Just like the original Hood To Coast in Oregon, the Hilton Head experience brings together teams to conquer a breathtaking course, and create a life-long bond.

Hood To Coast Relay Oregon is the most popular relay race in the world with 20,000 participants from all 50 states and 43 countries. The event has sold out for 18 consecutive years, and annually places an additional 40,000 hopeful runners and walkers on a waiting list. This popularity has led to the launch of Hood To Coast China with franchisee, and former NBA All-Star Yao Ming, Hood To Coast Israel, Hood To Coast Taiwan, Hood To Coast Washington, Hood To Coast Pacific City, Hood To Coast High Desert, Hood To Coast Texas, and the next adventures being Hood To Coast Hilton Head and Hood To Coast Europe in 2019.

Hood To Coast Hilton Head

DATE: February 2, 2019

RACE COURSE: The Hood To Coast Hilton Head Relay route will be around 60 miles. Final course maps will be available in the coming months. Each leg will vary in length and be between 3 and 9 miles.

TOTAL TEAMS: 250 Teams

PARTICIPANTS PER TEAM: 6 runners/walkers (at least 4 members per team)



REGISTRATION PROCESS: Registration will open on Friday, June 22nd at 8:00AM PST. Click HERE to register!

About the Relay


From 3:00am – 7:00am and after 6:00pm, runners/walkers while participating must:

  • Carry a flashlight (headlight or similar)
  • Wear one front and one back LED flasher.

From 3:00am – 9:00am and after 6:00pm, runners/walkers while participating must:

  • Wear a reflective vest.

Teammates/support personnel are highly recommended to wear a reflective vest and LED flasher (when not inside the race vehicle), on the course or at any exchange, from 6pm – 9am.

All participants are encouraged to wear high visibility colors during all hours.


Music devices with speakers below the head or outside of the ear are allowed. 

  • Headphones/buds or any other music devices in the ear ARE NOT allowed.
  • Music must be at a sound level considered appropriate to both the general public and other participants.
  • Participants must still be able to hear instructions and general traffic noises.
  • If a Volunteer or Race Official deems the music too loud, the participant must turn down the volume immediately, failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification.


  • The race hires 10 personnel to patrol the entire course from 3 am – 9 pm. 
  • Look for them with Race Official volunteer shirts, reflective vest, event radios, LED lights and headlamps.


  • South Carolina State Law clearly states that no open containers of alcohol are permitted within vehicles.
  • Save the celebration for the Finish Party!
  • Police will be strongly enforcing this law on the course.


  • The Race Course and Finish Area will close Saturday evening at 8:30pm.
  • Any teams still on the course at that time will be requested by Race Officials to either discontinue the race, or plan on finishing by having more than one teammate run at the same time, called “Leap Frogging.”
  • All teams are seeded to finish before the course officially closes, provided your team has supplied honest race pace times.



  • No traffic or police monitors are promised to protect runners and walkers from vehicular traffic along the course.
  • Great care must be exercised at all times by participants and team vehicles.
  • Participants must travel along the correct road shoulder or sidewalk, and obey all South Carolina traffic laws and signals.
  • Self-policing of our event is the reason we will have a lack of injuries or traffic-related mishaps.



  • Teams are responsible for supplying an adequate first aid kit to treat: blisters, abrasions, headaches, heat exhaustion, and other common ailments.
  • Most running/walking injuries are directly related to soft tissue trauma and are effectively treated with ice.
  • We strongly recommend bringing a cooler filled with ice (remember R.I.C.E: Rest Ice Compression Elevation).



There will be a radio at every exchange point along the race course.

If you see anyone in need of assistance, please get their race number, and if possible, let the Exchange Leader with a radio know at the next Exchange Point. They are capable of bringing in an ambulance or even Life Flight if necessary.


In case of emergency, (Start, on course roads, or at Finish), it is each participant/team’s responsibility to seek their own appropriate medical/emergency care. (Remember to write your emergency medical info where provided on the back of your race bib!)


  • No aid stations guaranteed along the course
  • Participants are strongly urged to carry large containers of water in team vehicles! 
  • Most important step you can take during the race is to continuously hydrate (drink non-caffeinated fluids and water).
  • Recommended intake: 12-16 cups of water per day


Race Numbers/Wrist Wraps

–  Race bibs must be worn at all times, and the Wrist Wrap must be carried/worn at all times throughout the race.

No Stopping on Road or in Exchange Parking Area Prior to Parking

–  No stopping, when vehicles are moving, to drop off a runner/walker.  This quickly causes a backup of congestion if vans do not adhere to the rule.

Vehicles Following Participants

–  No vehicles will be allowed to follow behind participants to illuminate the road during night-time legs. These vehicles severely impede traffic.

Conduct on Race Course

– Any conduct deemed unsafe or unsportsmanlike by Race Officials will not be tolerated.  Do not obstruct traffic, play loud music, yell, or honk horns early in the morning or at night in rural/neighborhood areas. Also, no van decorations that are overtly suggestive, sexual, or that contain foul language.

No Parking on Road Prior to Exchange

– No parking is allowed along the road within 500 feet prior to an exchange. Parking is allowed in designated areas only after the exchange point marker. Please park off the road as far as possible, watch for participants, and stay alert to other traffic.


Participant Rotation

– All teams are to rotate their team members in the same sequence throughout the race, not consecutively in a row. (For example, if a participant begins on Leg 2, he/she must stay in the number 2 position throughout the race. The participant would then rotate to Leg 8.  This sequence should continue unless a teammate has dropped out).

Mixed Division Participant Drop Out

– If a runner on a Mixed Division team becomes injured and drops out during a leg, the injured runner must be replaced with the next team member in rotation of the same gender. (See Handbook for additional details and examples.)

Participant Drop Out

– If a team member drops out due to injury or illness during a leg, only the next runner in rotation can take the wrist wrap and continue, (but only to the next exchange point). The next person in rotation can only finish the unfinished portion of the previous leg and go no further. A handoff must occur at the exchange point to the next participant in rotation. No more than one substitution in one leg is allowed. (See Handbook for additional details and examples.)

Race Officials

– Course volunteers, S.C.D.O.T., and traffic safety officials at exchanges are considered Race Officials. They have authority to disqualify a team for rule violations, abusive behavior, or failure to follow instructions given by volunteers. Abusive treatment or disregard for their authority will result, at minimum, in a 60-minute penalty.

Display of Team Vehicle Signs

– Each team is to have one (1) vehicle. Official vehicle signs will be issued to each team (within team bag given at Packet Pickup or Race Check-in Tent). A 60-minute penalty will be assessed for failure to properly display these signs. A team found with more than one vehicle on the race course will be disqualified.



Safety Gear

–  From 3:00am-7:00am and after 6:00pm, all participants on the course must:

– wear one front and back LED flasher 

– carry flashlight, or wear headlamp or hat headlight 

– wear reflective vest until 9:00am

(Each team must present two reflective vests, two flashlights (or Headlights) and two LED flashers for inspection at the Start Check-In Tent. Teams are then issued the official race wrist wrap and allowed to participate).

Save the Party for the Finish!

– Open alcoholic containers, drinking, inebriated participants or volunteers on the course will immediately be disqualified.

No Bicycles or Dogs

– No bicycles or dogs are allowed to accompany participants on the race course. Team members found biking the course are assumed to be accompanying participants and the team will be disqualified.

Public Nuisance Rule

– Participants who are reported to have littered, urinated, or defecated on private property will immediately be disqualified. Please use good judgment and be considerate of property owners along the course. Portable toilets and ample garbage containers are provided at each exchange point.

No Oversize Vehicles

– No vehicles 80″ or wider, or longer than 23′, motor homes, buses or limos are allowed on the course by any team or team support. If you have doubts about the legality of your vehicle, contact the HTC/PTC Office prior to the relay.

Start Time

– Any teams found starting the race earlier than their assigned Start Time will be disqualified


– Music devices with speakers below the head or outside of the ear are allowed.

– Headphones/buds or any other music devices in the ear are NOT allowed.

– Music must be at a sound level considered appropriate to both the general public and other participants.

– Participants must still be able to hear instructions and general traffic noises.

– If a Volunteer or Race Official deems the music too loud, the participant must turn down the volume immediately.

– Failure to comply will result in disqualification.


  • Each team will consist of 4-6 runners or walkers.
  • Racers will run/walk two (2) total legs. (Walk relay is 6 Legs)
  • Racer Order: Racer 1, Racer 2, Racer 3, Racer 4, Racer 5, Racer 6, Racer 1, Racer 2, Racer 3, Racer 4, Racer 5, Racer 6,
  • Order may be different for teams of 5 and 6.


Packet Pick-Up Date/Location TBD.

*Teams that are unable to attend packet pickup will get their packets at the start line.



· Nike Dri-Fit Men’s and Women’s Size Race Shirts

· Race Bib Numbers and Van Signs

· Start Times

· Goodies from sponsors!


The HTC Hilton Head start line is located at the Beach House Resort (1 S Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928)

– Start waves are 3:00am – 7:00am.
– Be aware of participants already on the course as you enter the Start Area


One person from a team is required to check-in; doesn’t need to be the Team Captain

1)  Present team safety equipment for inspection at the Equipment Check-in area 20 min. prior to Start Time

Two (2) Reflective Vests
Two (2) LED Lights/Flashers
Two (2) Flashlights or Headlamps

2)  State your team number to Race Officials

3) Sign and turn in the Traffic Safety Agreement (in handbook)

4)  Upon safety equipment approval, receive your wrist wrap. Without the Race Wrist Wrap and approval of Safety Equipment, teams will not be permitted to start.


Out-of-town teams

– Receive race numbers, race shirts, wrist wrap, and vehicle identification signs at Start Check-in area

– Arrive 30 mins in advance of team start time to collect necessary materials and check-in

Awards will be given to the top four teams in each category.

  • MEN’S OPEN – Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • MEN’S SUBMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • MEN’S MASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • MEN’S SUPERMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 50
  • WOMEN’S OPEN – Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • WOMEN’S SUBMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • WOMEN’S MASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • WOMEN’S SUPERMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 50
  • MIXED OPEN – At least half women. Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • MIXED SUBMASTERS – At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • MIXED MASTERS – At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • MIXED SUPERMASTERS- At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 50


*Mixed Categories: 6 member teams must have a minimum of 3 women to be in the mixed category. Teams with 4-5 members must have a minimum of 2 women. Team’s with less than this number of women will default to a men’s category. Any team with 1-3 men, rest comprised of women, will be classified within the mixed categories.