|Old Guys Running|
One person left before the picture was taken.
It's time these fellas got some international coverage. Most Hood-to-Coast Relay teams are made up of folks in their 30's and 40's. A 30-year-old body knows how to do more things than a 50-year-old body can remember. Old Guys Running is in the "super masters" category: 50 years old or better. Three of the guys are over 60, one nearly 70.
|My hubby on one of his sections of|
Tops of the Things I get to do today is drive from Portland to the Pacific Ocean to help the team celebrate and fetch my husband, second oldest on the team. He has run this relay every year since 2000. He plans to do it for at least another two years.
Hood-to-Coast relay generates some interesting numbers. 1050 teams of 12 each: 12,600 runners. Each member runs three sections of the 199-mile-Mt. Hood-to-Seaside course--a total of about 16 miles. Two vans for each team: 2100 vans. Three volunteers for each team: 3150 volunteers. Teams from every state in the US. Teams from 37 other countries. In addition, there is a Portland-to-Coast walking relay of 500 teams, plus high school age category running Portland-to-Coast of 250 teams. The rather small town of Seaside swells by 20,000 people on the last weekend of August every year.
So now it's rest and recover, which naturally takes an Old Guy a little longer.