The 36th annual Hood to Coast relay in Oregon kicks off this Friday! 12,600 runners in teams of 12 will run 199 miles through the night from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to Seaside on the Oregon Coast where they will celebrate with beers, burgers, team photos and general sleep-deprived, stiff-legged enthusiasm.
This year will be the ninth time I have run Hood to Coast and I’ve learned a lot in those nine years! I’ve learned that I prefer van 2 to van 1, to pack more water and fewer sports drinks than I think we’ll need, that leg 10 is my favorite (though I’m running leg 9 this year), and that finding a place to shower after the first van exchange makes the whole HTC experience more enjoyable.
I have also perfected a very thorough packing list. So, if it’s your first Hood to Coast (or you’re running a similar relay soon) or if you feel like you’re forgetting something, please see below and … DON’T FORGET ANYTHING!