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We Have Been Chosen

The news came today in a two line e-mail that got the day off to a good start.   It simply said that our team check had been cashed.   Which means that one person’s crazy idea to enter into the drawing to run a 12 person 197 mile relay from the top of Oregon’s Mt. Hood down to the Pacific Ocean in Seaside, Oregon was now a reality.  Our team was one of the 1,000 teams chosen to participate in the Nike Hood to Coast Event.  Now the real fun begins.  Planning the order of our runners, which has to be assembled similar to a batting order.  Making the flights, hotel, and van reservations.  And last but not least the training schedule for our team.  This should be a lot of fun! 
Here is a little more information on the Hood to Coast Event:
What are the 2007 dates?  
Friday August 24th and Saturday, August 25th, 2007 
What are the starting times? 
The race start times begin at 8:00am Friday and continue in waves every 15 minutes throughout the day until 7:45pm. Each wave has 20-25 teams. 
How big is it ? 
The Hood To Coast Relay is the largest relay in the world, annually hosting 1,000 teams of 12. The relay is the longest running event in Oregon, the longest major relay in North America, and hosts the largest beach party on the west coast!
Is there a charity that benefits from the race?  
Yes! We are strongly committed to The American Cancer Society and last year donated $107,000 to ACS.  We highly encourage participants and teams to fundraise and support the effort to find a cure.
Where does the race Start? 
Timberline Lodge (elevation 6,000 ft.), on top of Oregon’s tallest mountain, Mt. Hood (11,234 ft).
Where does the race End? 
The finish line for the race is on the sandy beach at the Pacific Ocean, in Seaside, Oregon.
What is the distance? The race spans 197 miles, from the top of Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean at Seaside.
How many Legs are there? 
The race consists of thirty-six (36) Legs. Each runner is required to complete three (3) of the 36.
How long is each Leg? 
Each Leg ranges in distance from 3.9 to 8.2 miles. The Legs also vary in difficulty, from easy to very hard, due to the varying terrain.
How many members are on each Team? 
Each running team consists of twelve (12) members.
How many teams are there? 
Due to the popularity of the race, we’ve had to limit the number of teams for the Hood To Coast Relay to 1,000 teams. We’ve sold out on opening day for over 8 straight years.
Last of all here is a link to the event site:  http://www.hoodtocoast.com/

November 8, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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