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Hood to Coast runners bracing for rain and potentially record breaking winds

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Nearly 20,000 people are in midst of running the Hood to Coast Relay Friday, and aside from braving the rain they’ll likely now have to make the trek in record winds.

There’s a lot that can happen in the nearly 200 mile journey, and runners say they try their best to plan for it all. 

But Mother Nature is throwing them a real curve ball this year.

Event staff setting up the relay finish line in Seaside are now bracing for the rain, and potentially record breaking winds too. People like the crew with Oregon based company Boothster.

 “We just wanted to do something that stood out and made a tent look different,” said Senior Boothologist John- Paull Davidson.  “We’ve been working really hard on this, we’re proud.”

The company designed a one-of-a-kind pavilion for the Oregon Lottery out of recycled paper tubes that are biodegradable.  It’s now being coated with wax to protect their hard work from the elements.

 “We also have gaps in the tubes so if there’s winds in theory it will slide right through gap, at least that’s what we’re hoping for.  The tent is also screwed to the floor and zip-tied in,” said Davidson.

Event organizers tell FOX 12 they met to develop a plan to withstand the winds that are predicted to hit the coast at the very moment the first round of runners are set to finish the race.

 “If we see the winds starting to build and it looks like a threat, we’ll be ready to mobilize the plan,” said Hood to Coast Founder Bob Foote.  “We’ll take some of the high tent towers off, we’ve already lowered the stage towers and we’ve double braced all of the low tents on the ground.”

Organizers say they’re holding on to hope that won’t need happen. But, at the very least, are preparing for rain.

“We may get spared the winds, but it could be a record for Hood to Coast with record rainfall at the finish,” said Foote.  

Organizers also say if it gets to be really awful out at the coast, they’ll essentially pull the plug on the whole thing and evacuate the area.   Adding that their number one concern is for people’s safety. 

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