Posts Tagged ‘Hood to Coast Relay’

Race of the Month: Hood to Coast

August 9th, 2012

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 If you’ve run this race or plan to, share some details with us below!

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2010 Hood to Coast – The Return of Black Flag

September 14th, 2010

20 years ago, I was part of a team that was pulled together at the last minute to run the 1990 Hood to Coast Relay, a 1000 team, 200 mile journey from Mt Hood to the town of Seaside, Oregon where Lewis and Clark ended their journey.  Teams are made up of 12 runners who run in order 1-12 an average of 6 miles each before repeating the order again and then again a third time.  All runners average about 18 miles.  The five time defending champions in 1990 were “The Killer Bees.”  We named ourselves “Black Flag” with the expressed goal of exterminating the Killer Bees.

2010 Black Flag Hood to Coast logo

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