'12 Hotties and a Squatty Potty' among hilarious racers running Hood to Coast

KATU reporter Genevieve Reaume poses with members of "12 Hotties and a Squaty Potty" team during this year's Hood to Coast relay. (Photo: Genevieve Reaume/KATU News)

Hood to Coast relay runners are on their way to Seaside right now. They'll run through the night and arrive sometime on Saturday.

Early on Friday morning, the runners gathered at Timberline Lodge. In the chilly morning air, the racers sifted through the branded gear and danced to try and warm up. Some even questioned what on Earth willed them to run the longest relay race in the world.

“Every year I tell myself I’m not going to do it, and then I just do it again,” Alex Gonzales, from Portland, said.

Samantha Cairnes, who got a last-minute invite to run, anticipated a long few days ahead. “[It’s] going to be insane the whole time,” Cairnes said.

More than 1,000 teams registered to run in the sold-out race. Among the 12,600 runners were some familiar faces.

For many, the party at the end is the motivation to survive the 199-mile race.

"We migrate to hydrate at the beer garden," Jack Folliard, who has run Hood to Coast 23 times, said. Folliard was wearing a moose hat on his head. His team is named, “The Drooling Moose Migration.”

The mountain was full of fun costumes like Folliard’s. One group of people from the team “12 Hotties and a Squatty Potty” were all decked out in rainbow.

“Well, we thought this was a normal attire, so we just didn’t want to stand out,” a team member said.

Over the thousands of runners, more than 100 came from China. Others hailed from Europe and Australia.

Together, they’re running to #FinishCancer because the funds raised for the relay will go toward research at the Providence Cancer Center.

The racers will finish on the beach sometime on Saturday. The award ceremonies will be on Sunday.

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