Mt. Hood, August 26th.  The 31st Annual Hood to Coast raised over $610,000 to help in the fight cancer. It was $60,000 more than organizers set as a goal to benefit the American Cancer Society. The 199 mile 2012 Hood to Coast Relay, described by organizers as the largest in the world, included 12,600 runners and 3,600 volunteers over the August 24th – 25th weekend.

An exchange on Mt. Hood for Hood to Coast 2012

An exchange on Mt. Hood for Hood to Coast 2012

Tokyo University Team won the race by finishing the 199 miles in 17:14:37. The six member team averaged 5:11 minutes per mile. Here’s a list of the top ten finishers.

1. Toyo University – 17:14:37
2. Bowerman AC – 17:56:00
3. Knoxville Track Club – 18:14:17
4. Icebreaker Lund – 18:35:45
5. Univ. of Portland Alumni – 19:18:40
6. Google1 – 19:24:08
7. GE Meatballs – 19:27:14
8. Tarahumara – 19:41:42
9. Black Flag – 19:47:07
10. Willamette Dental – 19:47:25

Hood to Coast began in 1982 with 8 teams and has filled the team cap on the opening day of registration for the last 14 years.

This fundraising effort will go a long way in helping cancer research and patient advocate programs in the coming year. www.cancer.org/AboutUs/index.org

Early morning runner at the 2012 Hood to Coast

Early morning runner at the 2012 Hood to Coast

Hood to coast 2012 Medals

Hood to coast 2012 Medals

Here are a few pictures from the 2012 Hood to Coast 200 mile relay. These photos are from the New Hampshire team; RUN FREE OR DIE! The music is by Buddy Bee Anthony, a Portland, OR street performer.

Here’s a nice video of the Gresham exchange this year.

October 10th is the opening day of registration for 2013.

2013 Race Date and associated teams fees will be posted online in late September (after post-event county meetings).

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