More than 12,000 runners made their way through the eastside from Timberline Lodge last weekend working their way along Highway 26 and along the Springwater Trail in Gresham during the early phases of the Hood-to-Coast Relay.
The most popular spot in the area was the exchange zone at Main City Park where vans cycled through with runners excited to be in the early stages of their two-day journey to Seaside.
One of the coed teams, Twelve Hotties and a Squatty Potty, ran the race wearing multi-colored tutus — a testament to a popular YouTube video.
"We like relay races, and we like to dress up — it's something fun to do," said Alyssa.
"I had to find a use for my sparkle skirt — it was just laying in the closet," laughed Brandon.
It was the team's first trek on the Hood-to-Coast event with members up and down the Northwest from Eugene to Blaine, Wash., on the Canadian border.
Traveling long distances to run long distances is no stranger to the race. Alex Lewis came from Grand Rapids, Mich., to take part, while also getting a chance to spend two days in a van with her brother, who lives in Portland. She raced with a shark hat atop her head, in honor of her Sharknado team.
Veronica Griffin felt some extra inspiration as she came through the Main City Park checkpoint with her teammate and personal trainer Carmen LaFond waving her arms excitedly to begin her portion of the race.
"It's just a blast and a chance to do something hard that is going to challenge ourselves," said Griffin, making her first appearance at the Relay.
When the times were tallied, 31 of the more than 1,000 teams completed the journey in less than 24 hours. The Jacuzzi Boys Athletic Club covered the course in 17 hours, 48 minutes, 6 seconds — coming in about 40 minutes faster than the runner-up Bowerman Track Club.
The print version of this story appears in our Tuesday, Aug. 29, edition.