PORTLAND -- An estimated 20,000 runners and walkers are expected on Oregon's roadways this weekend for the 30th Annual Hood to Coast relay race.
Drivers were asked to use caution when approaching or passing participants and support vehicles.
Participants will start at Timberline Lodge before sunup on Friday and much of the race will be routed along U.S. 26, into Portland, and U.S. 30, from Portland to the St. Helens area. The race then continues on smaller roadways westward en route to Seaside, ending after dark on Saturday.
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Westbound traffic on U.S. 26 east of Sandy will be narrowed down to one lane approaching the top of Cherryville Hill to provide support vehicle parking, the Oregon Dept of Transportation announced. The area sits at the west end of a two-mile section of center cable barrier.
State, county and city police agencies will provide increased patrols along the relay route.
The relay is a massive event, with 1,250 running teams (250 added this year) 400 walking teams and 50 high school challenge teams.
Anyone who see dangerous driving near the race route was asked to call Oregon State Police at (800) 853-8412, or call 9-1-1.
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