ST. HELENS, Ore. (KOIN) — Thousands of Hood to Coast runners continued their relay race along the 198-mile route to Seaside but had to put up with heavy weather before the finish line.
Saturday morning, Hood to Coast organizers announced:
“We are planning to modify the Finish Party in Seaside to ensure that our participants finish safely. All finishers will now finish on the prom in front of the beach. There will be no beach access. Please remember to dress warm, wear raingear and stay alert.”
It was wet and windy with runners racing into rain and strong gusts. Hood to Coast officials urged runners to stay close to their vans in case they lost cell phone service or came across downed trees from wind damage.
That didn’t bother many runners.
“I like running in the rain. It cools you off. I like it,” Portland’s Joshua Daily said. Hood River’s Daisy Dolan said, “We’re from the Gorge. We’re used to wind and rain. We’re good with that.”
The KOIN 6 team wasn’t fazed, either.
Producer Liz Cohen, who is in her 3rd Hood to Coast, said she’s never experienced these conditions on the relay before.
“We have tarps that we can attach to our van to be undercover,” she said. “We have supplies that we’ll be able to be OK.”