Hood to Coast’s Director of Operations Ross Hubber called the 2019 Hood to Coast Relay “the best Hood to Coast since we started.” The 200-mile relay from Mount Hood to the Prom brought 1,050 teams of 12 runners and 3,600 volunteers. Teams celebrated the finish with food, a beer garden, music and awards.
In its 38th year, the iconic team relay from Mount Hood to Seaside’s Prom has drawn thousands of runners and raised millions of dollars for health care.
The city of Seaside was the beneficiary at the Jan. 13 council meeting as Hubber delivered a check for $26,250. The funds are the city’s portion of an annual fee specified in a five-year contract signed in 2018, starting at $25,000 and increasing 5% a year through 2022, when Hood to Coast will pay the city more than $30,000.
An estimated 50,000 visitors came to Seaside for the event in August.
Hubber offered the city a “huge thank you to everybody in Seaside and every community we passed through over the 200 miles.”
In 2020, organizers plan no major changes, he added.
Councilor Tita Montero complimented the organization for improvements in this year’s race management, but did take Hood to Coast to task for failing to promote or advertise a complaint number. “People need to feel they have some place to register a complaint if something happens that shouldn’t happen.”
Council President Randy Frank said the Hood to Coast organization had done a really good job of addressing the concerns of the town. “It’s just gotten better,” Frank said.
This year’s run takes place Aug. 28 and Aug. 29.