Thousands run thru Southeast in the 'Hood-to-Coast Relay'
The first "Hood to Coast Relay" â€“ which organizers call "The Mother of All Relays" â€“ took place on August 7, 1982, on a full moon, with eight teams of ten runners each. Since then it's steadily grown in participants. So much so that in 2000, for logistical reasons, organizers capped enrollment at 1,000 teams.
Hood to Coast Relay Chief Operating Officer Dan Floyd reflected that the 2020 relay was not held, due to COVID-19 concerns, but despite the pandemic it did return in full force this year on August 27.
That day, a Friday, starting in mid-afternoon and on through the evening, runners headed west along the Springwater Corridor Trail, crossing into Inner Southeast Portland at 82nd Avenue of Roses, and thence into the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. Runners then continued west into the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood.
At the exchange point, along S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard at 45th Place, runners handed off their team's "slap wrist band" to the next runner, who would sprint the next five miles into and through Sellwood, then turning and heading north at Oaks Amusement Park, bound next for downtown Portland.
After handing off to her partner, Lisa Kudos commented, "Coming down this leg was easy, and relatively flat; but I stayed in a 'pack' with others â€“ whom I could have easily outpaced â€“ because some people in the 'camps' along the trail were, well, a bit scary," she told THE BEE as she caught her breath.
However, there were no accounts of any crimes committed upon participants as they ran through Southeast Portland. On into the evening hours, relay race runners streamed through the area, on their way to the endpoint in Seaside, on the Oregon Coast.
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