hood to coast {what is it?}

by @according2kelly on September 1, 2011

with all this hood to coast relay talk, i’m sure at least a few of you out there, are wondering what is hood to coast? well…

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what is hood to coast?

the 200 mile hood to coast course consists of 36 legs, 12 team members & 2 vans (6 runners in each van).¬†each team member runs three legs, in rotation. for example… runner 1 runs his leg & then hands off the “baton” to runner 2, who is anxiously waiting for him (or her) at the first exchange. runner 2 takes off, while runner 1 rejoins his teammates in the van. the van then leapfrogs down the road to the next checkpoint, to drop off runner 3 – & so on, & so on… with each runner running every 12 legs. make sense?

the legs vary in length from around 3 miles to a little over 8 miles; and the terrain ranges from virtually flat to steep (steep) hills. runners end up running anywhere from 13-ish miles to just about 20 miles. & if that’s not enough pressure, hood to coast teams must complete the course within a 31-hour time limit (averaging approximately 9:30, or less, per mile).

teams start on friday between 3:30 a.m. & 6:45 p.m. in staggered waves of approximately 20 teams every 15 minutes, with the hope that all teams will finish the race by 9 p.m. on saturday.

the hood to coast starting line is at timberline Lodge, just below mt. hood at an elevation of 6,000-feet, & proceeds down timberline road. this wicked crazy, first leg drops 2,000 feet in elevation over about 6 miles, & the following two legs have a combined elevation drop of 2,300 feet in about 10 miles. the remainder of the route passes through hilly rural and sometimes unpaved backroads on the way to the finish line on the oregon coast in seaside.

with over 20,000 runners, 4,100 volunteers, 580 honey buckets (porta potties) on course & participants from all 50 states & 35 countries – hood to coast literally is the largest relay in the world.

anyone out there still wondering what is hood to coast?

read about the ENTIRE totally-awesome-completely-fabulous-epic hood to coast adventure.

6 comments
amanda@runninghood
amanda@runninghood

Yes! Someone had to do this! Awesome! I just did it this year but I've been wondering how many people out there are like WTH???

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

exactly! because it was such an all-consuming part of my life for the last little while, i kind of forgot not everyone knows what hood to coast is, or how it works! did you guys have a fabulous time?! what time did you end up finishing?

Linda
Linda

fantastic post! somehow, after your race posts, I think I am going to take up running. I never do but I am always happy with the idea. nice work, nuunies

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you should! you should! you don't have to start out huge. pick a local 5K! & while I'd love to say I'd do it with you, I don't know when I'll be in NYC. but, I've got LOTS of friends out your way who could run with you!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Hubby has done it a couple of times....Dad...dozens of times. Their only regret? The porta potties by the middle are already overflowing. If you're going to do it...have fun!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

we had SO much fun! & maybe we got lucky - but every "honey bucket" had toilet paper & none were overflowing. The only question is, when are YOU going to do it?

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