Expect to see plenty of boyz (and girlz) in the Hood on Friday, August 24, 2012. Mt. Hood, Oregon to be exact, for the start of the epic relay race that is Hood to Coast. This 199 mile race is now in its 31st year (Joe Rubio, the head honcho of Running Warehouse, ran the race in 1990 and 2010 – read all about it here).
According to the Hood to Coast website, this is the largest relay race in the world. With 12,600 runners and 3,600 volunteers spanning the lengthy course distance, we’ll take them at their word.
There’s no hurdle during Hood to Coast that can’t be overcome with the help of 11 other runners on your team, two reliable supply vans, and a witty, memorable team name (the Nike Dairy Airs, the Logger Joggers, 60% of the Time We Run Everytime, Lost in Pace, and Irreconcilable Distances are just a few of our favorites from last year).
Covering about 200 miles takes a bit of time, even for top teams. Last year, the Knoxville Track Club (minus 10 points for the straightforward name, y’all) blazed through the course in 18:05:07, but most teams cross the finish line around the 25 to 30 hour mark. And since it’s a relay, that gives a good bit of downtime for team members when it’s not their leg to run. It’s a perfect time to hone your van nappin’ and scenery peepin’ skills. But in the end, runners of this race almost universally have a blast and almost certainly gain a few great stories along the way.
Learn more about the race at www.hoodtocoast.com. If you’ve run this race or plan to, share some details with us below!