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HTC Texas will go on! However, it is with a sad heart that we announce Tapatio Springs had a devastating fire on November 4th that completely destroyed the Resort Clubhouse. Most importantly, there were no injuries to our associates or guests, however, at this time, Tapatio Springs Resort will be closed until further notice. Therefore,  public registration opening for HTC Texas will be delayed until December 6th. Again, HTC Texas WILL go on!

The Mother of all Relays is getting BIGGER..Introducing Hood To Coast Texas

The creators of the Mother of All Relays and the most popular relay race in the world bring you another epic relay. Hood To Coast Texas is a 72 mile mostly flat, fast, and friendly journey starting and finishing at the beautiful Tapatio Springs Resort in Boerne, Texas. Just a short drive from San Antonio and Austin, 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, no running in the middle of the night, and no need to take Friday off work.

Hood To Coast / Portland To Coast Relays has sold out on opening day of registration for 20 consecutive years, and places an additional 40,000 people on the waiting list. Hood To Coast Washington sold out in just two hours, and was an overnight success. Hood To Coast Texas will be capped at just 250 teams, so don’t miss this opportunity to experience this relay race in the Lone Star State.

Each team of six will run 72 miles with every participant completing two legs of the race. Participants get to leave the city behind with each leg showcasing something special, like breathtaking hill country, big clear skies, and after a day of traversing hill country, enjoy Tapatio Springs Resort with big-hearted service, awe-inspiring views, and the newly created memories of the inaugural Hood To Coast Texas.

Just like the current Hood To Coast, the new HTC Texas experience brings together teams to conquer a breathtaking course, and create a life-long bond.

HOOD TO COAST TEXAS OVERVIEW

 

DATE: April 14, 2018

RACE COURSE: Hood To Coast Texas is a 72 mile loop course. See Course Maps for more route info

TOTAL TEAMS: 250 Teams

PARTICIPANTS PER TEAM: 6 runners (at least 4 members per team) (walkers are welcome, pace must be 13:00min/mile or faster)

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS: 1,500

REGISTRATION FEE: $800

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Registration will open at 12:01am PST on December 6th, 2017 and will be first-come, first-served. Click HERE to register. 

REFLECTIVE GEAR

NEW IN 2018 – Participants must wear a reflective vest AT ALL TIMES.

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.

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 6:00pm – 9:00am.

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

HEADPHONES

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.

BIKE PATROL

  • 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.

OPEN CONTAINER LAW

  • Texas 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.

COURSE CLOSURE

  • The Race Course and Finish Area will close Saturday evening at 9:00pm.
  • 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.

 

SELF POLICING

  • 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 right road shoulder or sidewalk (unless otherwise stated), and obey all Texas traffic laws and signals.
  • Self-policing of our event is the reason we will have a lack of injuries or traffic-related mishaps.

 

FIRST AID

  • Teams are responsible for supplying an adequate first aid kit to treat: blisters, abrasion, 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).

 

COMMUNICATIONS

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.

EMERGENCIES

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!)

HYDRATION & FIRE DANGER

  • Let’s all do our part to reduce the chance of a forest or grass fire! Each team vehicle should to carry a fire extinguisher, shovel, and gallon(s) of water.
  • No aid stations guaranteed along the course
  • Participants are strongly urged to carry large containers of water in team vehicles!
  • April temperatures in Boerne average 75 degrees, however there’s always a chance that temperatures may be in the high 80’s to low 90’s.
  • 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

30 MINUTE PENALTY

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.

60 MINUTE PENALTY

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/walker on a Mixed Division team becomes injured and drops out during a leg, the injured runner/walker 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 or walker 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, TxDOT, 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.

 

DISQUALIFICATION

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(this must be worn AT ALL TIMES)

(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 Office prior to the relay.

Start Time

– Any teams found starting the race at a time other than their assigned Start Time will be disqualified

Headphones

– 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.

TEAM STRUCTURE

  • Each team will consist of 4-6 runners or walkers.
  • Teams must keep a pace of 13:00min/mile or faster.
  • Racers will run/walk two (2) total 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

Friday, April 13th 3:00pm-8:00pm

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

 

BAGS/PACKETS INCLUDE

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

· Race Bib Numbers and Van Signs

· Start Times

· Goodies from sponsors!

START LINE

The HTC Texas start line is located at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort in Boerne, TX.

– Start waves are 3:00am – 9:00am.
– Be aware of participants already on the course as you enter the Start Area

TEAM CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

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 ( last page in handbook)

4)  Sign next to your team name on the official check-in sheet and receive your timing chip

Upon check-in, your team will be issued the current year Race Wrist Wrap. Without the Race Wrist Wrap and approval of Safety Equipment, teams will not be permitted to start.

 

Teams that did not pick up their packet on Friday, April 13th:

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

– Arrive 45-60 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
  • MEN’S CHAMPION MASTERS – Average age of all participants is 60+
  • 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
  • WOMEN’S CHAMPION MASTERS – Average age of all participants is 60+
  • 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 CHAMPION MASTERS – At least half women. Average age of all runners is 60+

 

*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.