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Hood To Coast Relay – Race Report

Posted: September 28th, 2016 Posted In: Community Involvement

The Angus Systems team (One Step Closer) successfully completed the 200 mile (320 km) Hood To Coast Relay!

In doing so, we beat teams representing Nike (we beat most of their corporate teams – but not their Elite team!), Adidas, Intel, WebMD, REI and many others, but we will need to train a little harder to beat the Google team (Google1) who finished well ahead of us!

How We Placed

In the Men’s Open Category we placed 52nd out of 226 teams with a finish time of 29 hours : 11 minutes : 57 seconds  –  to qualify as a Mixed team you need to have 6 women and we only had 2. Overall, out of a total of 1,050 teams we placed 223rd.

Our Fundraising

Thanks very much to all of you who supported us through your donations. With your help, we ended up surpassing our goal by raising over $10,000 combined for the Canadian and American Cancer Societies.

Canadian Cancer Society: $5,096.00
American Cancer Society: $5,896.00 (CDN$)
Overall: $10,992.00

Van 1 Getting ready for the 7 AM Start on Mount Hood

Even though the temperature climbed over 100 ˚F that afternoon, it was cold that morning on the mountain. Notice our nice T-Shirts that Iacocca designed!  Although some were too cold to show them off!

At the Start – Audrey was in the lead!

Audrey was our Runner 1 – which meant she ran legs 1, 13 and 25 (of 36 legs total) – and she went hard from the Start!

A view of Mount Hood

This photo gives a better idea of the size of Mount Hood and how it really dominates the area.

Look in the mirror to see where we started.

This photo taken from the van – still early in the race – but already we had come a long way! – about 50 of the 200 miles total.

While Christopher was off running, Van 1 stops for a quick photo

At each transition one runner would pass a clip-on wristband to the next. Then everyone jumped back in the van to get to the next transition.

Van 1 + 2 – Even though it was getting really hot, spirits were still high!

Every team of 12 had 2 vans of 6 runners. At every sixth transition one van would pass off to the other for the next 6 legs. This allowed each van to have time to eat, sleep (very little!) and stretch!

The Finish! 29 hours later we crossed the finish line on the beach!

Craig from Van 2 ran the last leg down the beach at Seaside, OR. But the rest of his van got caught in traffic – 2000 vans trying to find parking!

Finish Party on the Beach! 12,600 runners happy to have made it to the finish!

At the finish the American Cancer Society invited their top fundraising teams to a reception in a condo they had rented on the beach. They provided food, beer – and most importantly – massages! They rented a separate unit with 4 massage therapists, so we all took advantage of this to try and work out the pain!

A little time after the finish to see the Oregon coast.

The northern Oregon coast is incredibly beautiful and we had the Sunday after the race to tour the area. The photo above was taken on Cannon Beach, OR.

Photo taken at the top of the Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain trail near Manzanita, OR

Our legs were sore, but the hike helped stretch things out! Some of the team had already headed back to Portland.

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Race report by Paul G., Team Captain.

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