We are thrilled to announce the 4th annual Hood 2 River Relay will be held on June, 2017. Have you made up your teams and registered? This is THE kickoff party of the Gorge summer season. Find your friends who like to ski, run, bike or kayak and put together your 2-5 person team or go it alone if you're a pro outdoor recreationalist.
Starting high on Mt. Hood you can test your downhill speed with 5 legs that drop you 6000 feet of elevation to the banks of the Columbia River. In between you will race through the Mt. Hood National Forest, Hood River Valley and on the Columbia River. Follow up your achievement with a BBQ or we have some awesome food from Tofurky for those who are vegetarian at the Full Sail Brewing post-race party.
Alpine Ski Course
Distance: 1 mile
Overall Elevation Loss: 1000 Feet
Alpine leg is a fast flowing course with wide set gates to accommodate each wave of competitors. The course runs down Mt. Hood Meadows South Canyon (condition dependent) before transitioning to the Trail Run Transition area. Each competitor will receive a lift ticket good for a practice run and a race run. Mt. Hood Meadows grooming crew will have the course buffed for race day. Waves will be limited to 50 people or and include a Leman’s start to string competitors out and eliminate collisions. Ski helmets required.
Trail Run Course
Distance: Approximately 3K
Overall Elevation Loss: 300 Feet
Trail run starts at the bottom of Mt. Hood Express and then runs up the bottom of Easy Rider Chair Lift were they will connect into the Upper Umbrella Falls Trail. You will climb a total of 120 feet of elevation in the first half mile before descending 300 feet to the Road Bike Transition. Expect both snow and dirt for this run and bring shoes with good tread, or heck if there's a significant snow pack wear Snow Shoes! The run takes you along the creek and is beautiful. Competitors must stay on the trail and marked course at all times.
Road Bike Course
Distance: 27.0 miles
Overall Elevation Loss: 3645Feet
Description: Road Bike leg will start at Teacup Snow Park and consistently descend HWY 35 from the flanks of Mt. Hood down to the beautiful farmland and orchards of the Hood River Valley. The road has been recently paved and is sure to boast blistering times. The bike to run transition will be in the quaint community of Pine Grove.
Distance: 6.7 miles
Overall Elevation Loss: 582 Feet
Description: Run leg will take competitors through the beautiful orchards of Hood River Valley before dropping down into the vibrant downtown Hood River and out to the banks of the Columbia River. Once again a net loss of elevation is sure to produce a super fast run pace.
Distance: 1.5 miles
Overall Elevation Loss: 0 Feet
Description: Paddlers will begin on the big wide open beaches of Marina Beach near the marina. They will begin their paddle up river to a loop around the east banks of the Hood River Inn property were the wind is sheltered. Once around the loop they will come back to Marina Beach were they will pull their boats out of the water and then quickly try to find their running legs for the ¼ mile sprint to the finish were the party will be in full swing!