Watch out for thousands of runners and walkers on area highways

More than 17,000 runners and walkers will be out along several Oregon highways

Runners along the Hood to Coast route, Aug. 28, 2015 (KOIN)
Runners along the Hood to Coast route, Aug. 28, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The annual Hood to Coast Relay race takes place this Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27.

That means more than 17,000 runners and walkers will be out along several Oregon highways. The route takes racers from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to Seaside. Some sections of the route have narrow shoulders, so please drive carefully and stay alert. About 3,000 support vehicles involved in the event will also be out on the road.

Westbound traffic on US 26 near milepost 30, east of Sandy will be down to one lane approaching the top of Cherryville Hill.

Also expect to see more law enforcement out along the route. State, county and city police agencies will be looking out for dangerous drivers who may put the runners and walkers at risk.

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