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Contact:    Robin Maxey                                                                  August 21, 2013

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Courtney To Take Part in Hood to Coast For 19th Time

(SALEM)  -- Senate President Peter Courtney will attempt to complete his 19th Hood-to-Coast Relay Friday and Saturday.


“I’m 70 years old. I have bad feet. I’m broken down. I shouldn’t be doing this, but I have to do it. I need Hood-to-Coast. I need to challenge myself. I need to push myself to the edge physically, mentally and emotionally,” Courtney said. “Every Oregonian should run the Hood-to-Coast at least once. It is the experience of a lifetime and will teach you more about yourself in 36 hours than anything else you can do.”


The relay takes place in late August every year with 12,000 runners divided into teams of 12 covering the nearly 200 miles from Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood to the Pacific Ocean in Seaside. Called “the largest relay in the world,” the event raises money for the American Cancer Society.


Courtney first ran the Hood-to-Coast in 1991 as a substitute runner contacted at the last minute by a team which had lost one of its members. Since 1995, he has competed with his team, Peter and the Wolves.


“Hood-to-Coast is the ultimate test for every individual runner, but it’s a team event. It’s all about the team. You eat together. You live together in a van. You suffer together. You triumph together. For two grueling days and one very long night, your team becomes your family,” Courtney said. “For me there’s always been something special about being part of a team.”



Photo opportunities: Courtney is scheduled to run Leg 12, which exchanges with Leg 13 on Springwater Trail near Oaks Park in Portland; Leg 24 near Mist; and Leg 36, which arrives on the beach at the finish in Seaside.