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Race Preview: 2018 Hood To Coast Washington

For everyone who loves the fun of Hood To Coast but doesn’t care much for spending 2 days in a smelly van, maybe 2018 Hood to Coast Washington will be more your speed! This 1 day relay, which covers 77 miles from Washington’s Hood Canal to the Pacific Ocean in idyllic Seabrook,WA will be both beautiful and memorable. This year, teams of 6 will gather on Saturday, June 2nd in waves that begin at 3:00AM (yes, you read that right) and continue until the last team takes off at 9:00AM.

Each of the 6 members running Hood to Coast Washington will alternate running along the 12 leg course, with each person running 2 legs each. There will also be walking teams of 4-6 people who will complete 52 miles along an 8 leg course. Check out the course map here and start planning out your team’s assignments! All of the legs will have electrolyte and water stops and smoother traffic than what is typical of that “other” relay in August. The course, primarily flat, will be a journey to remember. You’ll start near Lake Isabella State Park and run through the Olympic National Forest and along the Chehalis River and Grays Harbor. You’ll experience scenic waterways, forests, and of course the magnificent Pacific Ocean. The race ends in Seabrook which is an adorable little coastal community you’ll fall in love with if you’ve never been there before.

Speaking of Seabrook, consider staying awhile! “Washington’s Beach Town” is 77 miles from the start of the run (52 miles from the start of the walk) and it’s a great place to stay before or after the race. There are more than a dozen boutiques and restaurants all within reach as well as an amphitheater, a park, games, playgrounds, fire pits, horseshoe pits, a heated indoor pool, and more.  Seabrook will sell out before race day, so make your reservations now.

A new race rule in 2018 is that runners and walkers MUST wear a reflective vest AT ALL TIMES during the relay. Also from 3:00AM-7:00AM and after 6:00PM, all runners/walkers must carry a flashlight/headlight and wear 1 front and 1 back LED flasher. All participants are encourage to wear high visability colors during the race and headphones will NOT be allowed inside of the ears. Music devices with speakers outside of the ear are allowed. You can read more about safety, rules, and penalties in the Hood To Coast Washington Overview.

On race morning, one teammate will need to check in 20 minutes prior to the start time with the required safety equipment (2 reflective vests, 2 LED lights/flashers, and 2 flashlights/headlamps.) The Traffic Safety Agreement (found in the handbook received at packet pick up) will also be required, and you’ll need to state your team number to the race officials. After check-in, you’ll receive your timing chip and wrist wrap and then you’ll be all good to go!!

This race is capped at 350 teams total on a first come first serve basis, so if you haven’t registered, get on it!!



What: 2018 Hood to Coast Washington

When: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Start waves are 3:00AM-9:00AM. Start times will be assigned at packet pick-up.

Where: For runners, the start is located at Lake Isabella State Park (700-768 W Delight Park Rd, Shelton, WA.) Walkers will start at Elma Elementary School.

Register: Here

Registration Cost: $900 per team

Packet Pick-Up: May 19th & May 20th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at Dick’s Sporting Goods (17799 Lower Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego, OR)

About Nikki Mueller (434 Articles)
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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