Last Chance: Three Capes Relay Runs Saturday

Photo Courtesy of Three Capes Relay

Photo Courtesy of Three Capes Relay

Run a relay and you’ll quickly discover you have to be flexible and roll with whatever comes your way. I was so excited to run the Three Capes Relay with my running buddy, her daughter and my son next weekend. Due to last minute schedule conflicts, my team won’t include our teenagers this round. Fortunately, the moms will still represent and, though my team has dwindled, my enthusiasm hasn’t.

My team of two includes my running buddy and me. While we both have plenty of running events on our resume, this one will be a unique challenge.  With five legs between the two of us, we’ll be covering 26 miles on Saturday, rain or shine.

The first leg begins adjacent to Cape Meares Lake and starts with a decent climb right away. With 4.47 miles, it includes views of the Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge, the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Meares Lighthouse State Park. Leg two picks up in Oceanside and continues for 4.11 miles. Most of leg two includes views of the Pacific Ocean and also Happy Camp and Netarts Bay.

Leg three starts at Netarts Bay and remains flat for about 3.5 miles. The final 3 miles of this leg is a climb to the summit of Cape Lookout State Park and includes over 800 feet of elevation. In other words, leg three is the best of the course. Leg four takes over at the summit of Cape Lookout Road and runs through the dunes of Sand Lake. It includes 4.25 miles of Oregon coastline and finishes at Sand Lake Shore. The home stretch runs 7.02 miles, taking off from the Sand Lake Store. Leg five finishes at Web County Park in Cape Kiwanda at Pacific City.Three_Capes_Map

The head coach of the Tillamook Cross Country team, Patrick Zweifel, was trying to come up with a fundraising option for his team and the Tillamook Distance Project.  “I’ve had this vision for 10 years, but now that I’m coaching and needed a good fundraiser, I thought there is no better time than now.” I love any fundraiser that doesn’t include cookie dough or box tops from processed food, healthy and active fundraisers are even better.

A great fundraising option and it’s not too late to register. Depending on how many runners you can rally, the teams can vary:

One person solo marathon $65

Two person team $85

Five person team $150

A great deal for a fun course, water and port-a-potties or bathrooms at every exchange point. This event won’t be chip timed, but volunteers will be helping with splits.  The roads will still be open to traffic, so runners need to stay alert. If you don’t have plans for this weekend, come give this first year a try. A marathon for $65 is a steal, so no excuse if you don’t have a team. The views look amazing, it’s a great program to support and the inaugural year will only happen this Saturday, March 1st.  There isn’t day of registration, so don’t put it off. Check out all event details here. My team isn’t quite the team I planned, but flexibility is part of a relay and our two lady team is perfect.  I can’t wait to see what other challenges come our way.

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