And they're off: Hood to Coast Relay is under way - KCTV5

And they're off: Hood to Coast Relay is under way

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Mt. Hood, OR (KPTV) -

More than 12,000 runners have started hitting the road for the annual Hood to Coast Relay.

The event kicked off from the starting line at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood Friday morning. Runners and walkers will make the 198-mile trek to Seaside for what organizers call the largest relay in the world.

The starting waves began at 6:30 a.m. Friday and will continue through 6:45 p.m.

Drivers are advised to watch out for the some 17,000 people, including volunteers, who will be on Oregon highways during the race.

Highway 26 westbound near Milepost 30 east of Sandy will be narrowed down to one lane approaching the top of Cherryville Hill to provide parking for support vehicles.

Highway 30 will see intermittent westbound lane closures in the community of Burlington east of the Sauvie Island Bridge. Runners will cross the highway at Highway School Way and Walnut Street.

State, county and city police agencies along the relay route will have a visible patrol enforcement presence. Anyone observing a dangerous driver should contact Oregon State Police at 1-800-853-8412 or 911.

Hood to Coast wraps up with an all-day celebration at Seaside on Saturday. For more information, go to www.hoodtocoast.com.

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