The Morning After
9 am Sunday - sleep is good. And after running 20 miles in the past 30 hours, with only a 30 minute nap along the way, sleep is reeaaally good. Our team crashed at Jim’s place in Gearhart last night, and I think we slept about 10 hours. It was great! For me, this year’s event was special because I shared it with a van of 5 co-workers who had only one previous HTC experience between...
Run all day, dance the night away! KGW Running Footage joins up with a festive team of Disco PTC walkers, cutting up the sand in Seaside. How did we find this energy??
KGW running footage finishes, 2:45 Saturday!!
What would Honey Badger do! →
Running is obviously a huge part of the HTC relay. But runners spend way more time in the van than they do pounding the pavement. So how do teams pass all that time spent in the van? I suppose many of them talk a lot about running. We talked about and watched the hit YouTube “Honey Badger” viral video….and applying the key phrase: “Honey Badger don’t care,.,”...
I couldn't sleep at all last night...
Our Van 1 runners finished our 2nd round of legs near Scappoose a little after 12:30 am. From there, we had a 31 mile drive to the big field in the cosst range where teams unfurl their sleeping bags and try to steal some zzz’s. We hoped to be snoozing by 2 am since we needed to be ready to run again by 5 am. Instead, I found myself trapped behind the wheel in bumper to bumper traffic...
After being ‘dark’ without WiFi in the coast range, we are connected again, here come the updates!
The Midnight Hour
12:05 am: Friday became Saturday during my second leg, a 7-mile stretch through the outskirts of St Helens. The midnight hour captures both the absurdity and the magic of Hood to Coast. Absurd to be running, to exhaustion, on some remote road at an hour when most sane people are enjoying pleasant dreams; magical to see the sea of runner headlamps dancing in the darkness, runners and walkers of...
10:25 pm - just ran into Bob Applegate of the Dead Jocks. He and the Jocks were one of the four teams featured in the Hood to Coast movie that premiered this past year. He is tweeting at #djox. We are both running Leg 5, rated the hardest of the 12 legs, and had fun whining about the fact that half of the 3 extra miles in this year’s race were tacked onto the (impending!) middle leg of...
9:34 pm Friday - we’ve escaped the city lights of Portland, and out here along Hwy just outside of Scappoose, a canopy of constellations is filling the night sky, keeping us company. Collette is out running on leg 15, we are halfway done with our second leg!
5:15 p.m. - Bed Time!
If you are going to run 5-6 miles, three times, all in 24 hours…you better get your rest in between! So a curious feature of Hood to Coast is, if you finish leg 1 at 3 pm - like we just did, you find yourself trying to sleep in the middle of a sunny, hot Portland afternoon. Most of the team is crashed, resting - but Justin and I are just chatting our nap time away. we will see if...
The clever teams and festive people are what make Hood to Coast so fun. These guys from Timberline Rocks were blasting ‘c’mon feel the noise’, and decked out with Big Hair. Rock on!
1:15 pm Africa Hot!
Just finished leg 5, rated ‘Very Hard’, finishing with a 3-mile uphill. It was hot. Africa hot. Now we are in the van, talking about how hungry we all are. Collette says hunger is often confused with thirst, so we are eating AND drinking a lot, just to be safe :) Frank
11:45 am - Running Footage is halfway through leg 1! Heidi, David and Colette are all-first timers, and still smiling after their first runs. Justin is on the road now, then me and Jim. David is the Director of Technology at KGW. He used a mobile app called Run Meter that told him each if his mile splits, while he was running. And posted it to the web, where his wife was watching. And she could...
9:15 Friday - Running Footage is off and…running, with Heidi (#993) leading off in her first HTC!
KGW Running Footage
The countdown has begun! KGW’s Hood to Coast team, “KGW Running Footage”, starts at Timberline Lodge at 9:30 a.m. Friday, with arrival in Seaside early Saturday afternoon. KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino will be back for his 15th HTC relay. Our van two is loaded with TV producers who are veterans of HTC. Van one is full of the rookies, hope we don’t get lost or...