The Mother of all Relays, Hood to Coast celebrates its 31th anniversary this year on August 24 & 25! A major fundraiser for American Cancer Society, this 200 mile relay features over 15,000 participants.
I ran my first two Hood to Coast Relays with KINK in the 90's, then joined the team again four years ago. Running on the team definitely gives me a feeling of accomplishment, as well as sore legs AND stomach muscles from laughing all the way from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast! Celebrating while sitting in the sun at the finish line beer garden makes the sleepless 30 hours worth it!
I've been hearing about Hood to Coast since I moved to Oregon eight years ago. I always thought it sounded like an amazing experience. After running a number of 5k's and 10k's over the past few years, I decided I was ready for a bigger challenge, so when I heard that my company was forming a team for Hood to Coast, I decided it was time for me to give it a try.
Hood to Coast is an unique adventure shared amongst friends all working towards accomplishing a goal. Whether you're a runner or not, everyone's desire and ambition is the same...that, in addition to forever lasting memories, is the reason I love running H2C.
I run HTC because I love to feel like I'm part of a special event. The training and the event itself creates a camaraderie like no other. When I first ran HTC, I was not a runner, so HTC paved the way for my renewed interest in running. Not only do I have a great time with my teammates during HTC...I feel like I'm doing a small part in helping a great cause, breast cancer!
I am running Hood to Coast because I love to run and compete. Also, I moved here from the Midwest, so the concept of running from a mountain to an ocean is still surreal.
Even though I am not an avid runner, HTC has always interested me. Out of sheer luck and good friends, I was able to find an opening. I have heard repeatedly how fun and exhausting the experience can be and really thought this would be right up my alley. I like a little pain and punishment in my life as long as there is fun that comes with it!
I run for the fun, the friendships, the feeling of accomplishment. And, to see my bright family at the finish line in Seaside!
This will be over ten times running on the KINK Hood to Coast Team! I remember years ago spending times with Les Sarnoff, getting lost in the night in our H2C van and running extra legs for injured runners on the team. From running the steep downhill from Timberline to the last mile glory leg on the sand at Seaside and gravel, dirt and paved roads in-between. Lots of memories over the years and I can’t wait to make more on the 2012 race!
Hood to Coast XII and counting. Each year I do it for the dread, the excited expectation, the camaraderie and hilarity mixed with exhaustion, followed by relief that it's over, followed by anticipation of doing it all again next year!