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The closure of the Springwater Trail led the runners through Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Brooklyn

DAVID F. ASHTON - In Westmorelands business district, this trio of Hood-to-Coast runners crosses S.E. Bybee Boulevard at a brisk trot. Because of the temporary closure of the Springwater Corridor Trail through the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, while restoration work is taking place there, each of the 12,600 runners in the 2018 "Hood to Coast" relay race had to detour through the Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Brooklyn neighborhoods on their way to the ocean, on Friday, August 24.

This year's "Mother of all Relays" – as its organizers call it – began as the first wave of runners stepped off at 5:00 a.m. at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, on their way to the destination late that evening – the beach at Seaside.

The runners arrived in the metro area via Gresham, taking the Springwater Corridor Trail into Inner Southeast Portland – stopping at Exchange Point 11, in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood, at S.E. 45th Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard, before continuing west across McLoughlin Boulevard.

Because this year's detour route took them along the residential streets of Sellwood, then north along S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, most people didn't take much notice until groups of participants ran through the Westmoreland business district.

At S.E. Bybee Boulevard, several patrons sitting outside Nectar Frozen Yogurt and Kay's Lounge cheered on the athletes as they jogged past.

Passing S.E. Holgate Boulevard, they turned west to 9th Avenue, running along the sidewalks and streets of the Brooklyn neighborhood, before crossing the pedestrian bridge over S.E. Powell Boulevard, north toward their next exchange point at the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge. As the last of the 12,600 runners jogged over that bridge into the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood, life south of Powell returned to normal on August 24.

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