The 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 the 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 24 years, and 17 straight years on “Opening Day” of the lottery. The course runs approximately 320 km (200 mi) (the course length changes by 1-5 km each year due to small changes made by race organizers) from Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mount Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon, through the Portland metropolitan area, and over the Oregon Coast Range to the beach town 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.
Hood to Coast truly is the “Mother of all Relays” but once you’ve done it once (which you should), you don’t need to waste your time doing again. The traffic can be a nightmare and traffic on top of 1500 sleep deprived drivers doesn’t make for a good situation. The after part is fun. The medals are cheap and junky compared to any other in my collections. A medal should match the journey and Hood to Coast is an epic journey with a fail of a medal. The race covers some gorgeous terrain that Oregon has to offer but there are just simply too many teams allowed to race to make it worth your time.