Race Preview: 2019 Hood to Coast Pacific City

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Hood to Coast is a well-known running event in the Pacific Northwest. Runners come from around the world for the adventure from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon. First started in 1982, the event has grown in size and fame so that the course has modified over the years to make room for more participants. In recent years, the leadership behind Hood to Coast have expanded their races to new locations, including relays in Texas, Israel, and the Netherlands. The leaders have also created an event that goes back to where it all started: Hood to Coast Pacific City.

This one-day, one-van event uses the same miles that were the original ending for the first HTC events. Teams have between four and six members each and start on Saturday, May 4th between 3 and 9am (team starts are based on anticipated race pace). Runners complete 78 miles, starting at Bald Peak, while walkers journey over 54 miles beginning at A-1 Logging. Both groups will end at Pacific City with their whole team celebrating together at the finish line.

Brand new this year is a special medal for the runners and walkers who complete Leg 11. Described as “The most difficult leg in Hood to Coast history,” the 9.09 mile section has no van support for 1,247 feet of elevation gain as you go up and down over a literal mountain. So, make sure you have someone on your team who is a serious badass, or owes you big time, to take on Leg 11.

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Hood to Coast Pacific City (Pacific City)
When: Saturday, May 4
Where: Runners begin at Bald Peak (24730 SW Bald Peak Road). Walkers begin at A-1 Logging (21365 NW Meadowlake Road, Yamhill)
Register: Online
Packet Pick-Up: Friday 4/19 12-6pm or Saturday 4/20 10am-4pm at Hood to Coast Office
(9655 SW Sunshine Court, Beaverton), or Race Day
Cost: $850 (until March 31st, then increases to $900)

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