MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (KOIN) – Around 30 hours after leaving Mount Hood, many of the Hood to Coast runners arrived in Seaside, completing their journey.
Half of the KOIN 6 News team arrived at the ocean around 1 p.m. Saturday.
About 12,600 runners left Mount Hood Friday morning for the 32nd annual Hood to Coast Relay, now recognized as the world’s largest relay race.
The teams of runners left from Timberline Lodge in Government Camp.
The 198-mile race, the most popular relay event in the world, consists of runners for 1,050 teams. Along with the running relay, the Hood to Coast also features the 23rd annual Walk Relay and the 16th annual High School Challenge. In total, nearly 20,000 people are taking part from all 50 states and 36 countries.
The race winds its way from Mount Hood to Seaside, hitting Portland, Sandy, Scappoose and St. Helens on the way. Each team’s 8 to 12 members must complete at least 3 of the 36 legs, with each leg consisting of 3 to 8 miles. It ends Saturday, where 70,000 people are expected to be waiting at the finish line in Seaside.
According to organizers, the waiting list to enter the race is at nearly 40,000.