Runners who have participated in the Hood to Coast relay are encouraged to submit their stories about the event for an upcoming book. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Have you run the Hood to Coast relay?

Two writers are compiling stories from people who have participated in the famous Oregon relay (as runners, volunteers or spectators) for an upcoming book titled “Hood To Coast Memories, An Oral History of the Mother of All Relays.”

Marc B. Spiegel and Art Garner are looking for personal anecdotes surrounding the event – everything from preparing for the race to traditions surrounding it, family members teaming up for it, weddings and proposals that have taken place there and the origin of team names.

The inaugural Hood To Coast Relay took place in 1982, when eight teams of 10 runners covered 150 miles in 30 five-mile legs. Last year, more than 12,000 people competed on 1,050 teams in the now 199-mile event. The race begins at Mount Hood and finishes in Seaside.

Individuals can submit their personal memories through the book’s website at

This year’s Hood To Coast Relay will take place Aug. 25 and 26.