HOOD & PORTLAND TO COAST

2023 RELAY INFORMATION

THE MOTHER OF ALL RELAYS

The Providence Hood & Portland To Coast Relays is the most popular and largest  running and walking relay race in the world, annually drawing participants from over 40 countries and all 50 states. Known as the Mother of All Relays, the event takes 8 to 12 member relay teams 196 miles or 128 miles (from Portland) from the iconic top of Mount Hood to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The event has sold-out for 30 straight years and on lottery opening day for 24 consecutive years!

We look forward to celebrating the 41st Annual Providence Hood To Coast, 32nd Annual Providence Portland To Coast Walk, and 25th Annual Les Schwab Portland To Coast Challenge with you on August 25, 2023!

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#HTC23 #PTC23 #PTCC23

EVENT HANDBOOKS

Tell me all about the event...

All of your event logistics questions can be found in your event handbook. From course maps to race rules, to awards, to safety tips and everything in between, the handbook answers all of your questions about the Mother of All Relays!

Be sure to periodically check-in and download an updated version of the handbook. Due to the nature of this 198-128 mile long event, we are consistently updating our handbook to reflect the changes being made daily.

*2023 Handbooks will be released in June 2023

EVENT FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers can be found in the EVENT HANDBOOKS but here are some other questions...

Anywhere from 8-12 runners or walkers are on a team. It just depends on how many miles you want! With 12 teammates, an HTC team members will run 3 legs, or 2 legs for a Portland To Coast team.

Your team of 8-12 runners/walkers will go in relay hand-off fashion from Start to Finish. The event has 36 sections called “Legs”. At each of the 35 hand off locations (called “Exchanges”) your runner or walker will hand off to the next teammate in rotation until everyone has run three legs (or walked two legs).

HTC/PTC has event blue/yellow signage at major crossings and turns. and/or volunteers or hired flaggers. You should study your assigned legs to know your route in advance.

You and your teammates sleep in either your team van or designate sleeping fields that are gated/roped off at Exchange 18, 24 and 30. Get your sleeping bags, pillow and foam pad to catch a few winks if you can. It’s all part of the challenge and adventure!

#AlaskaCarelines Campout

Alaska Airlines is pleased to present the #AlaskaCarelines Campout at Exchange 24! All Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ Members will get exclusive access to a two-person tent while you catch some Z’s before heading off to the next exchange. Just show your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ number to the attendant in order to enter. Valid forms of Mileage Plan numbers include an Alaska Airlines credit card (physical or apple wallet) or Mileage Plan number in the Alaska Airlines app. Not a Mileage Plan Member?! No problem! Click this link to sign up in less than 2 minutes.

Yes, most likely. It is a favorite leg for many runners/walkers surprisingly! The relay covers 24-36 hours, so if you’re running after 6PM and before 7AM, be sure to wear a headlamp, reflective vest and a front and back LED flasher.

HTC/PTC start times are TBD for 2023

Teams will receive  slap band bracelets that they will pass from teammate to the next at each exchange. Official slap bands are given at team start check-in once safety gear has been approved. If you lose it, a simple air or hand tag in the exchange chute will suffice. Official timing is kept on the back of the final team bib

Yes, check the latest handbook for the fundraisers page to see amenity locations

Rotate to the next teammate and continue in the same order, just moving the next runner/walker up in rotation.

The 2023 Relay is SOLD OUT! Contact office@htcrelay.com to learn about opportunities to still participate!

Legs noted are not encouraged for athletes using wheeled devices or hand cycles:

  • Legs 1, 2, 3: paved but extremely steep downhill, descending 4,500 ft. elevation in approximately 15 miles.
  • Leg 9:Over 4 (of 5.38) miles is rough fairly large gravel/rocks (from start of Springwater Trail to Hogan
    Road).
  • Legs 19, 20, 21, 22, 35: rough rocky gravel.
  • Leg 29, 30 (very little shoulder and steep up and down hill with many twisting curves in road).
  • Leg 36:  The last 150 feet of Leg 36, crossing the Finish Line is on the sandy beach. Beach access wheelchairs
    are available for free by reservation here!

For any additional questions, please refer to the Event Handbooks or email us at office@htcrelay.com

KEY DATES

Registration + Participation for Hood & Portland To Coast...
Extra Medal Payment
Size
HTC, PTC or PTCC?

AWARDS & CATEGORIES

You've earned it...

Overall Awards for HTC and PTC Relays Women’s, Men’s, and Mixed Winning Teams will be announced on August 26th on the beach.

Category Awards will be available for pick up on Saturday, August 26th on the beach from 6:30PM-8:00PM at the ‘Info’ Tent with photographer in front of HTC41 and PTC cut outs for pictures. The top 6 teams in each category for Hood To Coast, Portland To Coast Walk, and Portland To Coast Challenge Relay get to bypass the following year’s lottery and get automatic entry as well!

Your Team Category should automatically change as you add team members to your roster in the clubhouse. For any additional questions, please contact us at office@htcrelay.com

HTC Mens OpenAll males, any age, at least one runner under 30.
HTC Mens SubmastersAll males, minimum age of all runners is 30.
HTC Mens MastersAll males, minimum age of all runners is 40.
HTC Mens Super MastersAll males, minimum age of all runners is 50.
HTC Corporate Mens OpenAll males, any age and ALL from the same business.
HTC Womens Openany age, at least one runner under 30.
HTC Womens SubmastersAll females, minimum age of all runners is 30.
HTC Womens MastersAll females, minimum age of all runners is 40.
HTC Womens Super MastersAll females, minimum age of all runners is 50.
HTC Corporate Womens OpenAll females, any age and ALL from the same business.
HTC Mixed OpenAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, Any age with at least one runner under 30
HTC Mixed SubmastersAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, Minimum age of all runners is 30
HTC Mixed MastersAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, Minimum age of all runners is 40
HTC Mixed Super MastersAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, Minimum age of all runners is 50
HTC Corporate Mixed OpenAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, Any age and ALL from the same business
HTC Mens Champion MastersAll males, minimum age of all participants is 60.
HTC Womens Champion MastersAll females, minimum age of all participants is 60.
HTC Mixed Champion MastersAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, minimum age of all participants is 60
HTC Non-Binary OpenAt least half of the team identify as non-binary or other self identification (age categories prompted as teammates register)
Women’s Eliteany age, average registered & actual finish pace of 6:10 per mile or under.
Mens Eliteany age, average registered & actual finish pace of 5:10 per mile or under.
PTC Mens Open WalkingAll male walkers, any age.
PTC Mens Masters WalkingAll males, minimum age of all walkers is 40.
PTC Womens Open WalkingAll female walkers, any age.
PTC Womens Masters WalkingAll females, minimum age of all walkers is 40.
PTC Mixed Open WalkingAny age and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTC Mixed Masters WalkingMinimum age of all walkers is 40 and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTC Mens Supermasters WalkingAll males, minimum age of all walkers is 50.
PTC Womens Super Masters WalkingAll females, minimum age of all walkers is 50.
PTC Mixed Super Masters WalkingMinimum age of all walkers is 50 and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTC Corporate Mixed WalkingAny age and ALL from the same business and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTC Corporate Mens WalkingAll males, any age and ALL from the same business.
PTC Corporate Womens WalkingAll females, any age and ALL from the same business.
PTC Mens Champion Masters WalkingAll males, minimum age of all participants is 60.
PTC Womens Champion Masters WalkingAll females, minimum age of all participants is 60.
PTC Mixed Champion Masters WalkingAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, minimum age of all participants is 60.
PTC Mens Submasters WalkingAll males, minimum age of all runners is 30.
PTC Non-Binary OpenAt least half of the team identify as non-binary or other self identification (age categories prompted as teammates register)
PTC Womens Submasters WalkingAll females, minimum age of all runners is 30.
PTC Mixed Submasters WalkingAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, Minimum age of all runners is 30.
PTCC Non-Binary Openat least half of all runners identify as non-binary or other self identification (age categories prompted as teammates register)
PTCC Mens OpenAll male walkers, any age
PTCC Mens MastersAll males, minimum age of all walkers 40
PTCC Womens OpenAll female walkers, any age
PTCC Womens MastersAll females, minimum age of all walkers 40
PTCC Mixed OpenAny age and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTCC Mixed MastersMinimum age of all runners is 40 and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTCC Mens Super MastersAll males, minimum age of all runners is 50
PTCC Womens Super MastersAll females, minimum age of all walkers is 50
PTCC Mixed Super MastersMinimum age of all runners is 50 and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTCC Corporate MixedAny age and ALL from the same business and at least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary
PTCC Corporate MensAll males, any age and ALL from the same business
PTCC Corporate WomensAll females, any age and ALL from the same business
PTCC Mens SubmastersAll males, minimum age of all runners is 30
PTCC Womens SubmastersAll females, minimum age of all runners is 30
PTCC Mixed SubmastersAt least half of the team members must identify as women or non-binary, minimum age of all runners is 30
PTCC Boys Open13-18 years old, all boys on team.
PTCC Girls Open13-18 years old, all girls on team.
PTCC Boys & Girls Mixed13-18 years old, at least half of the team members must identify as girls or non-binary

HTC & PTC FINISHERS THROUGH THE YEARS

Travel & Accommodation

Just the facts please.

As the official airline of the Hood to Coast/Portland to Coast Relays, Alaska Airlines is pleased to provide discounted travel for participants! Fly Alaska Airlines to Portland and save 10% on flights from any city in the U.S. or Canada (excluding Hawaii and Prudhoe Bay)! Codes will be sent in June 2023

Hood To Coast/Portland To Coast Relays is proud to partner with AC Hotels by Marriott in Downtown Portland to provide a group discount rate to all participants who stay during Hood To Coast/Portland To Coast weekend.

Use this booking link to make your reservations for the 2023 Relay! Link qualifies for reservations made August 23rd-August 28th, 2023. Last day to book: Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

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