Race Preview: 2018 Three Capes Marathon Relay


I did a lot of relays in 2017, and one of my favorites EVER was The Three Capes Marathon Relay. As the name suggests, this one day relay will take you to all three capes on the Oregon Coast .. You’ll begin at Cape Meares, pass Cape Lookout, and finish at Cape Kiwanda. This year, the relay will be on February 24th and I’ll be out there again and ready for some fun.

our amazing relay team in 2017

This is a Marathon Relay distance, so you have a few options, depending on the challenge you are looking for. Get together an awesome team of five runners like I did last year and have everyone tackle a piece of the pie, so to speak. Or you can get yourself a friend and do a two-person team and split the distance for a half marathon each. If you are really wanting a great challenge, run the whole marathon distance yourself. I guarantee you won’t get bored, though it likely won’t end up being your PR. The course is challenging, but more on that shortly.

Do you like scenic ocean views while you run? You’ll get them here. The course will take you on an adventure through six State Parks, two National Wildlife Refuges and some truly spectacular views of the Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay, and of course the Pacific Ocean. If you want to check out the course and the description of each of the legs, you can do so here.  Start planning your run!

Now to that “challenging” part. It’s probably worth mentioning that there is a price for those stunning views, and that would be, you guessed it, HILLS. If you love hills, you are in a lot of luck, because there is nearly 2,400 feet of climb on this course. In my opinion, the journey is worth it. I’ll take stunning views with hills over boring flat routes any day of the week. Nothing makes me feel tougher.

Please also note that the roads will NOT be closed for the race, so all runners will need to be responsible and watch for oncoming traffic. Reflective vests or florescent shirts are highly encouraged. It’s cold out there too, so dress for coastal temps.

This event is a fundraiser for Tillamook High School track and field, so there will be no chip timings for the race. The organizers will keep finish times for the teams, but it’s your responsibility to track your own individual leg times.

There will also be no awards given to winning teams for this race, but your race entry fee will get you a performance t-shirt (please note that they run one size larger than a normal t-shirt) and a custom Three Capes Relay Medal at the end of the race. Also, I may have forgotten to mention that this race conveniently ends right by Pelican Brewing. Grab yourself a pint and celebrate after the race .. you deserve it!


What: 2018 Three Capes Marathon Relay 

When: February 24th, 2018 at 9:00AM (Walking teams start at 7:30AM)

Where: Intersection of Bayocean Rd NW and Bayshore Drive. Park at Tillamook High School and take shuttle to the start line. If you are a solo runner and need a ride from the finish in Pacific City, email to discuss.

Register: Here

Registration Cost: 5 person team is $175, 2 person team is $95, Solo Marathon is $65. Race profits shared with Tillamook High School Track.

Packet Pick-Up: Tillamook High School from 6-8pm Feb 23rd. Day of race pickup from 7:00AM-8:30AM (no new registration.)

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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