The inaugural Hood to Coast Washington is less than a month away!

It seems like yesterday that the new Hood to Coast Washington was announced and teams rushed to fill the event up in the blink of an eye. Run Oregon decided to field a team, and I (as the continuously terrible captain), put all planning aside because “it’s months away!”… Well, now that the race is just around the corner, I thought I’d present some info to 1) get excited for and 2) make sure no one made the same mistake I did!

Important Dates:

  • May 5th-7th: Packet Pick-Up at Southeast Foot Traffic
    • 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on Friday
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday
    • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday
  • May 11th: Last Day for Free Additions/Substitutions
    • $20 after this date
  • May 20th: Race times posted
    • Starting times between 3am (gulp) and 9am
  • June 2nd: Kick off party at Crescent Park in Seabrook
  • June 3rd: Race Day!

The Course:

Course maps have been modified a couple of times since first being announced, but it appears that they are completely finalized now. Check out below for information on lengths of each leg and their difficulty rating, as well as total mileage. There will be water stations at each leg, and it appears some legs will have water stations along the way, but plan accordingly with bottles or vests if you feel you will need more along the course.

Team captains – don’t forget that you will need to drag and drop your runners into the correct slots inside the team clubhouse. Also, head to the map page for detailed info on each leg. The legs are also included within the Team Handbook, an absolute necessity for everyone to look over!

Gearing Up:

If you glance in the Team Handbook, you will notice some necessities for the event. These include:

  • Copy of Safety Agreement in car
  • 2 Reflective Vests
  • 2 LED Flashers
  • 2 Flashlights or Headlamps
  • “Caution: Runner on Road” Sign in rear of van
  • No in-ear headphones allowed
  • No open containers of alcohol (it isn’t worth the DQ!)


If you haven’t booked a pre-or post-race hotel, check out the lodging page. These may be sold out (or close to it), so consider calling and trying to find something ASAP!

Part of the fun of a relay is finishing together as a team. Within the handbook, there are instructions as to where to locate the team staging area so that everyone can arrive at the finish line as one. Everyone in the team must be ready to go as the number is called, so be ready!

Afterwards, there will be food carts and a Full Sail beer tent, as well as live music til 8pm!

Can’t wait to see you all there!

Hood to Coast Washington
When:  June 3, 2016 – Start times between 4am and 9am.
Where: Lake Isabella to Seabrook, WA (Elma to Seabrook for walking teams)
Registration: SOLD OUT

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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