Hood to Coast

For exercise nerds, after a good workout, there is nothing better than talking about that workout. Or after a 10K, comparing split times and pacing. Or after the STP, discussing who’s got the worst saddle sores. Or after a 197-mile relay race from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Ore., making a movie about it! The boosterish but well-crafted Hood to Coast celebrates four middle-of-the pack squads among over 1,000 teams and 12,000 runners at the 2008 event. (It’s the largest relay race in the world, we’re told.) Predictably, each of the four featured teams has obstacles or past tragedies to overcome. One woman suffered a heart attack at the ’07 relay, then defiantly returns to run with a triple bypass and cardio monitor. Yes, these weekend warriors are obsessed, but the HTC, founded in 1982, is more of a rolling party than hard-core Olympic suffer-thon. Hardly anyone sleeps as 12-athlete squads alternate among the route’s 36 segments (the winners average five-minute miles). And when they finally reach the ocean, the junk food and beer never tasted so good. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

March 22-24, 6 p.m., 2011

 
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