HOOD & PORTLAND TO COAST

RULES &
SAFETY

THE 2022 HTC & PTC RELAY IS SOLD OUT

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AUGUST
1 MI
RUN
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WALK

THE MOTHER OF ALL RELAYS

The Providence Hood & Portland To Coast Relays is the most popular and largest  running and walking relay race in the world, annually drawing participants from over 40 countries and all 50 states. Known as the Mother of All Relays, the event takes 8 to 12 member relay teams 199 miles or 130 miles (from Portland) from the iconic top of Mount Hood to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The event has sold-out for 30 straight years and on lottery opening day for 23 consecutive years!

Learn about the important rules and safety to keep your team safe while on the race course.

RULES & SAFETY

Most frequent questions and answers...

When you receive your official race bib, please fill out the important emergency contact information on the back. This is a requirement for all team members to complete before starting the relay.

From 3:00am – 7:00am and after 6:00pm, runners/walkers while participating must:

*Carry a flashlight (headlight or similar)
*Wear one front and one back LED flasher.
*Wear a reflective vest (vest must be worn until 9:00am)


Teammates/support personnel are highly recommended to wear a reflective vest and LED flasher (when not inside the race vehicle), on the course or at any exchange, from 6:00pm – 9:00am. All participants are encouraged to wear high visibility colors during all hours.

Download/print additional signs for your team vehicle! ‘Caution Runner on Road‘ or ‘Caution Walker on Road

Teams or participants found sleeping in un-designated sleeping areas (such as exchange parking) MUST move to one of the designated sleeping areas (Exchange 18, 24, and 30) or risk being disqualified.

 

Participants are allowed to use small tents in designated sleeping fields – except Exchange 30!

If participants do not agree to move to a designated sleeping area (roped off with stakes and caution/surveyor’s tape), they will be disqualified from the race. This is a safety issue of high important.

HEADPHONES
Music devices with speakers below the head or outside of the ear are allowed.

Headphones/buds or any other music devices in the ear ARE NOT allowed.
Music must be at a sound level considered appropriate to both the general public and other participants.
Participants must still be able to hear instructions and general traffic noises.
If a Volunteer or Race Official deems the music too loud, the participant must turn down the volume immediately, failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification.

BIKE PATROL
The race hires 18 bike safety patrol riders to monitor Springwater Trail from legs 9-12 from 7pm to last runner, as well as over 40 motorcycle safety patrol riders from Legs 13-35 for the entire race time period. Look for them, wearing race official shirts,
reflective vest, LED flashers and have event radios for communication if needed.

OPEN CONTAINER LAW
Oregon State Law clearly states that no open containers of alcohol are permitted within vehicles.
Save the celebration for the Finish Party!
Police will be strongly enforcing this law on the course.

COURSE CLOSURE
The Race Course and Finish Area will close Saturday evening at 9:00pm.
Any teams still on the course at that time will be requested by Race Officials to either discontinue the race, or plan on finishing by having more than one teammate run at the same time, called “Leap Frogging.”
All teams are seeded to finish before the course officially closes, provided your team has supplied honest race pace times.

SELF POLICING
No traffic or police monitors are promised to protect runners and walkers from vehicular traffic along the course.
Great care must be exercised at all times by participants and team vehicles.
Participants must travel along the right road shoulder or sidewalk (unless otherwise stated), and obey all Oregon traffic laws and signals.
Self-policing of our event is the reason we will have a lack of injuries or traffic-related mishaps.

FIRST AID
Teams are responsible for supplying an adequate first aid kit to treat: blisters, abrasion, headaches, heat exhaustion, and other common ailments.
Most running/walking injuries are directly related to soft tissue trauma and are effectively treated with ice.
We strongly recommend bringing a cooler filled with ice (remember R.I.C.E: Rest Ice Compression Elevation).

COMMUNICATIONS
There will be a radio at every exchange point along the race course. If you see anyone in need of assistance, please get their race number, and if possible, let the Exchange Leader with a radio know at the next Exchange Point. They are capable of bringing in an ambulance or even Life Flight if necessary.

EMERGENCIES
In case of emergency, (Start, on course roads, or at Finish), it is each participant/team’s responsibility to seek their own appropriate medical/emergency care. Remember to write your emergency medical info where provided on the back of your race bib!

Attached here is our Tsunami Evacuation Route Map if needed while at the beach.

HYDRATION & FIRE DANGER
Let’s all do our part to reduce the chance of a forest or grass fire! Each team vehicle should carry a fire extinguisher, shovel, and gallon(s) of water.
No aid stations guaranteed along the course
Participants are strongly urged to carry large containers of water in team vehicles!
Most important step you can take during the race is to continuously hydrate (drink non-caffeinated fluids and water).
Recommended intake: 12-16 cups of water per day

30 MINUTE PENALTY

Race Numbers/Wrist Wraps
-Race bibs must be worn at all times, and the Wrist Wrap must be carried/worn at all times throughout the race.

No stopping on road or in exchange parking area prior to parking
-No stopping, when vehicles are moving, to drop off a runner/walker. This quickly causes a backup of congestion if vans do not adhere to the rule.

Vehicles Following Participants
-No vehicles will be allowed to follow behind participants to illuminate the road during night-time legs. These vehicles severely impede traffic.

Conduct on Race Course
-Any conduct deemed unsafe or unsportsmanlike by Race Officials will not be tolerated. Do not obstruct traffic, play loud music, yell, or honk horns early in the morning or at night in rural/neighborhood areas. Also, no van decorations that are overtly suggestive, sexual, or that contain foul language.

No Parking on Road Prior to Exchange
– No parking is allowed along the roads within 500 feet prior to an exchange. Parking is allowed in designated areas only after the exchange point marker. Please park off the road as far as possible, watch for participants, and stay alert to other traffic.

60 MINUTE PENALTY
Participant Rotation
-All teams are to rotate their team members in the same sequence throughout the race, not consecutively in a row. For example, if a participant begins on Leg 2, he/she must stay in the number 2 position throughout the race. The participant would then rotate to Leg 8.This sequence should continue unless a teammate has dropped out.)

Mixed Division Participant Drop Out
-If a participant on a Mixed Division team becomes injured and drops out during a leg, the injured runner/walker must be replaced with the next team member in rotation of the same gender. (See handbook for additional details and examples.)

Participant Drop Out
-If a team member drops out due to injury or illness during a leg, only the next runner/walker in rotation can take the wrist wrap to continue, (but only to the next exchange point.) The next person in rotation can only finish the unfinished portion of the previous leg and go no further. A handoff must occur at the exchange point to the next participant in rotation. No more than one substitution in one legis allowed. (See handbook for additional details and examples.)

Race Officials
-Course volunteers, O.D.O.T, and traffic safety officials at exchanges are considered Race Officials. They have the authority to disqualify a team for rule violations, abusive behavior, or failure to follow instructions given by volunteers. Abusive treatment of disregard for their authority will result, at minimum, in a 60-minute penalty.

Display of Team Vehicle Signs
-Each team is to have one (1) vehicle. Official vehicle signs will be issued to each team (in the team bag given at packet pickup or the race check-in tent). A 60-minute penalty will be assessed for failure to properly display these signs. A team found with more than one vehicle on the race course will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION
Safety Gear
From 3:00am-7:00am and after 6:00 pm, all participants on the course must:
-Carry a flashlight (headlamp or similar)
-Wear one front and one back LED flasher.
-Wear reflective vest until 9:00am

Save the Party for the Finish!
-Open alcoholic containers, drinking, inebriated participants or volunteers on the course will immediately be disqualified.

No Bicycles or Dogs
-No bicycles or dogs are allowed to accompany participants on the race course. Team members found biking the course are assumed to be accompanying participants and the team will be disqualified.

Public Nuisance Rule
-Participants who are reported to have littered, urinated, or defecated on private property will immediately be disqualified. Please use good judgment and be considerate of property owners along the course. Portable toilets and ample garage containers are provided at each exchange point.

No Oversize Vehicles
-No vehicles 80” or wider, or longer than 23’, motor homes, buses, limos are allowed on the course by any team or team support. If you have doubts about the legality of your vehicle, contact the HTC/PTC office prior to the relay.

Start Time
-Any teams found starting the race earlier than their assigned start time will be disqualified.

Headphones
-Headphones/buds or any other music devices in the ear are NOT allowed. Participants must still be able to hear instructions and general traffic noises. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

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