Last fall was my first time experiencing a one-day Hood to Coast relay, and it was an absolute blast. If you want the adventure of Hood to Coast, but are a little nervous about the distance and crowds of the original relay (the one from Mt. Hood to Seaside), you should check out Hood to Coast High Desert.
One day. One van. Six runners. And no sleeping in a field.
One of our Run Oregon bloggers and my teammate from last year, Nikki Mueller, quoted in the Hood to Coast website about our adventure:
“It was obvious that someone, (a race director genius perhaps,) thought out the course and it was a gorgeous slice of Central Oregon. There was something beautiful everywhere, and though challenging, the scenery was worth that well-earned sweat.”
The course for this relay event is a loop around Bend, with runners and walkers getting to explore beautiful and quiet sections of Central Oregon. The course for runners is 71.2 miles long, with each leg between 4.2 and 7.9 miles (and varying in difficulty). There is also a course for walkers (like the original relay) that starts at Exchange 4 and is 47 miles long. Everyone finishes at Brasada Ranch for a huge party. Each participant will walk away with a Nike race shirt, finisher’s medal, and swag bag treats from sponsors.
The one warning that my team would like to offer for any racers for this year: Be careful about low flying owls in the early morning. Runners start between 4 and 6am. Apparently owls don’t always get out of the way of vans that early in the morning. Yikes!
Hood to Coast High Desert (Bend)
When: Saturday, October 5. Runners start times are between 4 and 6am; Walkers start 5am at Powder House Cove Boat Ramp.
Where: Brasada Ranch (16986 SW Brasada Ranch Road)
Packet Pick-Up: Friday September 27 from 2-7pm at HTC Office (9655 SW Sunshine Court, Suite 500, Beaverton); Friday, October 4 from 5-7pm at Brasada Ranch; or at the start line Race Day.
Cost: $900 per team