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!
Oregano’s Fail-Safe Relay Packing List
- Two pairs of running shoes (in case you get blisters or have an issue with one pair).
- Three gallon-size Ziplock bags. Pack each bag with one complete change of running clothes, one bag for each leg you are scheduled for. After you run, do a full change into your next leg’s running clothes while depositing your dirty clothes in the now-empty Ziplock.
- Three full sets of running clothes (shorts, socks, shirts, underthings).
- One set of clean normal clothes for after you finish.
- Long sleeve shirt for an added warm layer.
- Warm-ups or sweats for between legs. Staying warm is easier than getting cold and trying to warm up.
- Running cap for the sun or to cover up your hair at the end.
- Stretchy gloves in case temperatures get chilly during a night leg.
- A big duffel bag
- Extra Batteries
- Reflective Vest
- Two Flashy Lights (required for all morning, evening and night legs)
- Bib number and pins
- GPS Watch (there are not mile markers on the course)
- Printout of the route and elevation map for all three of your legs
- Blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
- Medication (any you usually take + Ibuprofen, Benadryl, and Tums or Pepto Bismol)
- Wet Wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Trash bags
- Walkie Talkies (for connecting with your other van in the areas without cell reception, MAKE SURE to decide on a channel before the race)
- Car Charger for Phone
- Contact Case/Solution (if this applies to you)
- Towel & Soap
- Foam Roller
- Window Markers to decorate the van
- Sunglasses & Sunscreen
- A couple activities for down-time: book/Kindle, crossword puzzle book, or a pack of cards
- Nice for HOT legs: a buff or neck wrap you can soak in ice water or fill with ice that melts while you run
- Anti-chafe or BodyGlide
- First aid kit (with at least band-aids and antibacterial ointment)
- CASH! You might find yourself wanting some midnight Doritos when you pass through gas stations or even some Taco Bell at 3:00am.
- Noise maker or cow bell to cheer runners on as you drive by.
- Water, Ice, Gatorade
- Easy-to-eat food for when your stomach gets weird when you haven’t slept for 24 hours (such as Shot Bloks, crackers, grapes, bananas, bagels, and peanut butter and jelly fixings)
Let me know if I forgot anything, and if you’re running this year, have a great race! Run hard and have fun!!