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!
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DATE: August 25-26, 2023
RACE COURSE: 198 mi Run, 128 mi Walk, 128 mi Run
PARTICIPANTS PER TEAM: 8-12 team members
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
These teams will NOT be able to pick up their race bag at packet pickup.
Race bags include necessary materials to participate in the event will be held until 3 volunteers have been confirmed.
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. There should be someone within eye shot to follow as well, so hopefully they know their way! 🙂
Download the HTC App for a map of the course and tracking
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!
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 Start times start on Friday and range from 2:30AM-2:55PM, PTC Walk 3AM-6:45AM and PTC Run Challenge start at 6PM.
No, only Van 1 should come to the start
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
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
Yes! Check out the new HTC Training Team. Whether you are a veteran runner, or you are looking to run your first 5K , the HTC Training Team will provide the support and training to achieve your ultimate goals.
Click here to learn more and register!
Each leg ranges in distance from over 3 to 7 miles. All legs are accessible, with the exception of those noted here as not being recommended for athletes using wheeled devices or hand cycles:
*Legs 1-3: paved but extremely steep downhill, descending over 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 20, 21, 35: rough rocky gravel.
*Leg 36: participants cross a very steep, narrow pedestrian bridge over HWY 101. The last 150 feet of Leg 36 is in sand in crossing the Finish Line.
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!
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.
Booking link coming soon!