Runners rise early to race Hood to Coast

Hood to Coast 2017 (SBG photo)

Runners are on their way to the Oregon Coast after getting an early start atop Mt. Hood Friday morning.

The 36th Annual Hood to Coast Relay started at Timberline Lodge. Around 12,600 runners registered for the legendary race, which Hood to Coast says is the longest relay in the world.

"I just run," one runner dressed in a costume, said. "I've been running for awhile, so I just run, run a couple times a week, two or three times and that's all I do."

Most of the teams are split up into two vans. Van one started on top of Mt. Hood at Timberline Lodge. The first runners took off at 5 a.m. The race toward the coast covers 199 miles. Each runner usually has three legs.

"Every year I tell myself I'm not going to do it and then I just do it again," Alex Gonzales, from Portland, said.

It's a painful process and one that spans multiple days. The first group of runners is not expected to cross the finish line until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The last group is expected to finish around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

To follow the journey, search the hashtags: #HTC17 and #FinishCancer

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