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Hood to Coast hits area next Friday, Saturday


Runners, walkers, volunteers swell population to 25K

On Aug. 23, Columbia County will be alive once again, filled to with the throng of more than 20,000 for the running of the 2013 Providence Hood to Coast relay. The race begins early on the morning of Friday, Aug. 23, and residents of Columbia County can expect race-related traffic for much of Friday and Saturday, on both HWY 30 and HWY 47.

Despite the heavy flow of visitors, however, there haven’t been many problems with participants or spectators in recent years.

“We’ve had no problems [with Hood to Coast], it’s been very well run,” said Lt. Norm Miller of the Scappoose Police Dept. “They’ve always been pretty good about asking the other agencies ‘what can we do better’. I can’t think of the last time that we’ve had a problem.”

Miller said that the department might add one extra person to their patrols for the race days, but that was only as an extra precaution and that there hasn’t been an incident in Scappoose that he can remember in over 10 years.

Up the road in St. Helens things will hopefully be a little calmer than a year ago, when a fire caused Les Schwab to burn to the ground. The relay was briefly rerouted, causing confusion among the runners and support vehicles, but race goers won’t have to worry about a repeat this summer - the new store isn’t scheduled to open until Sept. 6.

The race through the Scappoose and St. Helens areas will include three legs of the relay. Leg 16 runs from the weigh station on HWY 30 to Scappoose High School. Leg 17 runs to St. Helens High School and leg 17 finishes at the Columbia County Fairgrounds before continuing up HWY 30 toward Rainier.

This year marks the 32nd year of the race, which began in 1982 as a new challenge for race founder Bob Foote. In 1998, he started the PDX to Coast High School Challenge, which will see many local high school athletes participating, including teams from both area high schools. A detailed map of the race can be seen www.hoodtocoast.com

If you are running as part of the High School Challenge, the PDX to Coast walk relay, or the full Hood to Coast race, we’d love to hear from you! Contact the Spotlight at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..