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Hood to Coast relay beefs up security, changes leg of the race

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The organizers of the Hood to Coast relay have made a number of changes to the relay this year including a route change to the Springwater Corridor.

The race itself is a 200-mile course with people from all 50 states and 35 countries. With that in mind, organizers said safety is a number one priority.

Organizers said they will have increased security including a mobile bike patrol and volunteers along the Springwater Corridor. It is a main path that will be taken in the relay.

Leg 11 from Southeast 122nd avenue to Southeast 82nd avenue will not be included in this year's route.

While officials have not given a specific reason, they took to the Hood to Coast website and wrote:

"They will continue to focus on participant and volunteer safety in order to protect the integrity of this amazing event."

People who use the Springwater Corridor said they often see strange activity at night which they feel may be a reason for the change.

"I see people walking up and down here at night, I ride my bike here at midnight and I see people walking up and down," Jaci Tuffli said. "There's been a lot of attention on this area. There's even posters around here specifically from the city and now they're paying attention to it."

Another man who uses the trail said he has had his own experiences with strange activity on this part of the corridor.

"There's definitely human refuse and broken glass that you'll see on the trail occasionally and I know where we live it's not too too, bad, but further down the path, especially along Johnson Creek and 82nd it can get pretty nasty."

The new change will affect overall mileage of the race, course ratings and leg direction.

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