PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The world’s largest and most popular relay race is happening this weekend in Oregon.
The Hood to Coast relay starts at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood and finishes in Seaside, covering 200 miles of Oregon. Starting at 5 a.m. on August 26, 1,050 teams will set off on the 35-leg journey.
The relay is a fundraiser for the Providence Cancer Center, and in 2015 raised more than $565,000 for cancer research, treatment and support services. Providence expects to top that amount this year.
Teams from all over the world come to Oregon for Hood to Coast. Participants this year include Oregon native and Olympic champion Ashton Eaton, his wife, Olympic bronze medal winner for Canada Brianne Theisen-Eaton and 2004 mile record holder Alan Webb.
The 2016 KOIN 6 News Hood to Coast team is:
Jenny Hansson, Sally Showman, Chris Holmstrom, Jennifer Hoff, Jason Vosburgh, Allison Marple-Schlenker, Tia Weinstein, Leif Hanson, Bart Tourville, Carla Miller, Kathleen Spencer, Chris Krup.
Hood to Coast also includes a walk relay and a High School Challenge relay that start near the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland.