A most memorable summertime traffic jam to avoid occurs in late August, the weekend of the Hood to Coast Relay Race In 2011 the annual event drew over 20,000 runners and included 250 teams over 2010. The net result? 500 more vehicles than in 2010. Most teams use vans to shuttle runners along the 36 legs of the race, packing traffic from Timberline to Seaside. Frustration peaked as many vowed never to participate again. Runners, some children, have been seriously injured during the race in past years including 2008 and 2009. In 2011 runners reported being spit on and yelled at by irritated drivers—all for a $110 per racer fee. Organizers promise to take steps, including reducing the number of teams, to minimize traffic jams and risk of accident, next year.
Summertime Mount Hood Traffic
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