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 196 miles or 128 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 24 consecutive years!
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Teams with at least one member residing within a 100 mile radius of Portland are considered local and must provide three (3) race volunteers or one (1) Exchange Leader (while positions last). If interested in providing an Exchange Leader, contact [email protected]
There is no buy-out option to providing volunteers. Teams are responsible for ensuring their volunteers complete the mandatory online training, show up on time, and fulfill the required tasks.
Please refer to the Zipcode Finder to see if your team is considered local.
Starting at 10am PST, check your Team Clubhouse account for the “Add Volunteer” button. Invite your three required volunteers to the volunteer portal via email.
*The volunteer tab will become available in early July. Check out the key dates document to learn more. All local teams are required to provide three volunteers or one exchange leader.
*Volunteers will receive an email from the HTC/PTC Team Clubhouse where they will need to accept the volunteer invitation. If your volunteers do not receive the email, ask them to check their junk mailbox. Still experiencing issues? Contact us at [email protected]
Hood & Portland To Coast participants, volunteers, contractors and employees strive to create equal opportunities and a welcoming, non-discriminatory environment. We are all working together to create an inclusive race community!
Race Volunteers: Race volunteers are located at the physical Exchange point. They report to the Exchange Leader, and check in at the Exchange point. Duties include:
Volunteer Monitor: Volunteer Monitors are positioned along important course turns within half a mile to several miles of an Exchange. A monitor directs participants and vans in a certain direction. They report to the Exchange Leader, and check in at the Exchange point.
Equipment Sitter: An ‘Equipment Sitter’ stays with and watches important race equipment at the Exchange. This is done in the time period between the Portland To Coast Walk Relay and Hood To Coast participants, when no one else is at the Exchange. The volunteer can read, talk on phone, etc. as long as they are at the Exchange, watching the equipment.
Exchange Leader: An Exchange Leader is the point person that manages all volunteers at the given exchange point. Exchange Leaders go through the regular volunteer training as well as an extensive virtual training with the HTC Staff. All volunteers check-in with the exchange leader when they arrive for their shift and when they leave.
When you arrive:
Look for the HTC Exchange Leader, wearing a race official HTC polo and baseball cap. You will sign in with the official Exchange Leader who will provide guidance on your specific assignment.
Reflective vests, flashlights, or other lighted devices requirement:
Headphones worn outside the ear only:
Do not direct traffic on the roads:
Volunteer shifts are approximately 5 hours. If you are an Exchange Leader volunteer, shift lengths are 6-8 hours.
All volunteers must be 18 years of age to volunteer at the Hood & Portland To Coast Relay event.