PORTLAND, Ore. – Thousands of runners are racing from Mount Hood to the Oregon coast Friday in the world’s largest relay race.
The 31st annual Hood to Coast Relay started Friday morning at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. 1,050 teams of 12 will run 199 miles, making their way down the mountain to Portland, then to the finish line in Seaside, Ore.
Friday, teams will exchange runners in Portland on the Eastbank Esplanade, south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
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The event’s two other relays also begin Friday. 400 walking teams will take part in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay and 50 high school teams will run the Portland to Coast High School Challenge Relay.
Both races begin under the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge.
The Oregon Department of Transportation issued a traffic advisory for the following areas that will be affected by relay runners and walkers:
• Highway 26 (Mt. Hood to Gresham): from Friday, Aug. 24, at 4:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
• Highway 30 (Portland to St. Helens): from Friday, Aug. 24, at 5:15 a.m. to Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8:40 a.m.
• Highway 47: from Friday, Aug. 24, at 4:00 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m.
• Highway 202: from Friday, Aug. 24, at 4:00 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8:30 p.m.
• Young's River Loop: from Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
• Lewis & Clark Road: from Saturday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.
• Highway 101 (Seaside area): from Saturday, Aug. 25, at 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Hood to Coast began in 1982 with eight teams. 17,500 people will run or walk in this year’s relays. All 50 U.S. states will be represented, along with 36 countries.
In 2011, the event raised over $517,000 for the American Cancer Society. 436 cancer survivors are running or walking in this year’s relays.