Photo Courtesy: KGW Photographer Eric Patterson
PORTLAND — Thousands of people will run or walk part of the 199 mile route from Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood to Seaside on the Oregon Coast this weekend.
The Hood to Coast Relay started in 1982 with eight teams. Now in its 33rd year, there are more than 1,000 teams of eight to twelve runners each. It has sold out on the first day the past sixteen years.
Nearly 13,000 are participating and the event couldn’t happen without the help of more than 3,500 volunteers.
The route goes from Highway 26 into Portland and works its way to Highway 30 through Columbia County.
The Portland to Coast walk relay and high school challenge are also part of the event. Both are the largest of their kind in the world. More than 400 teams will participate in the 132 mile relay plus 50 teams of high school students. Both start at the Eastbank Esplanade near the Hawthorne Bridge and will finish in Seaside.