This summer I've been telling people how excited I am to go out to Seattle & Portland and have heard multiple times "oh that's for some running thing, right?". YES. Some running thing with that hydration company I love and promote.
Some running thing a.k.a. the largest relay in the world, nbd.
With the increased popularity of series such as Ragnar, runners have become more familiar with relay races. I didn't know too much about Hood to Coast before I was officially running, besides that it was big, awesome, and on the west coast. That's all still true, but I thought I'd fill you in on more facts about the race since I'll be talking about it a lot in the upcoming weeks.
I've been crazy excited because the relay is less than 30 days away!
1. Hood to Coast is a 200 mile (technically 199!) "mother of all relays" race that began in 1982 with only 8 teams and has grown with this year's relay race having 1,050 teams!
2. Hood to Coast (HTC) is the largest relay IN THE WORLD with a capped team limit for the past 22 years. They've filled the team cap on registration's opening day for the past 16 years straight!
3. Each team consists of 12 runners (a minimum of 8 required), who spend 24 hours in the vans and take turns running their legs of the race along with the team timing chip.
For the 2014 relay, Nuun has two teams of 12 made up of Nuun ambassadors and employees on either team- Nuun Energy Lemon Lime (my team!) or Nuun Energy Wild Berry. Meet the HTC Nuun Ambassador team members here!
|I always use my Nuun energy on runs!|
4. This year's HTC relay is from August 22-23, 2014.
5. The race starts at Timberline Lodge on the top of Oregon's tallest mountain, Mt. Hood (11,234 ft) and ends at Seaside Oregon, on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.
|More info here|
6. There are 36 legs in the relay race and each runner completes 3 legs ranging from 3-8 miles each. You can see all the runner and leg details here.
7. I'm Runner 7 which includes legs 7,19,31. Leg 7 is 5.21 miles in the sun at a medium difficulty, leg 19 is 5.89 miles at a very hard difficulty, and leg 31 is 4 miles at a medium difficulty in quiet zone. I'll be running a total of 15.1 miles in 24 hours!
The legs are ranked by mileage and difficulty for the relay race. Nuun asked us our preferences and decided the runner assignments from there.
8. There are many rules and regulations for safety in place including that from 6 PM through 9 AM all runners must wear a reflective vest, carry a flashlight or headlamp, and wear one front & back LED flasher.
|That time I met Kara at the Nuun booth at the Boston Marathon Expo and didn't know what to say.|