Hood to Coast prepares for 36th annual relay

Hood to Coast (SBG photo) 

In just one day, the teams registered to run Hood to Coast will be well on their way to Seaside.

The 36th Annual Hood to Coast Relay starts Friday at Timberline Lodge. More than 1,000 teams of eight to 12 people will make the trek from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast.

Hood to Coast’s fundraising goal was $650,000. Within two days of the relay, the goal was shattered.

"We're looking in the ballpark of $675,00-$700,000 and again, all of it stays local," Dan Floyd, the Chief Operating Officer with Hood to Coast, said. The money goes toward research at the Providence Cancer Center.

There will be 12,600 runners in the Hood to Coast Relay. The runners will come from 43 countries and 50 states.

The first heat will take off at 5 a.m. A team with KATU employees, including Lincoln Graves and Katherine Kisiel, will start at 6:45 a.m.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department is also getting ready for the big weekend, and as Hood to Coast puts it, “the most important items” are now in place.

The 199 mile race will go right through Portland. Exchange 12 is under the Hawthorne Bridge. That’s also where to Portland to Coast race will begin.

The race ends with a big beach party in Seaside. The award ceremony is on Sunday.

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