Chinook resident Lesley Zellmer ran a 196-mile relay with 12,000 new friends


September 6, 2023

Lesley Zellmer Photo

Lesley Zellmer Photo Members of the Pace Makers pose at the finish line of the 41st Hood To Coast Relay held late August in Oregan. Lesley Zellmer, of Chinook (first row kneeling, second from left) and her sister, Liz Bemenderfer, of Colorado (first row kneeling, second from right) were part of 12,000 runners who completed the two-day relay. Readers familiar with "Wake Up Montana" may recognize morning anchor Tana Kelley between the two sisters. Team members came from five different states, most connected through jobs in the medical field.

Lesley Zellmer, from Chinook, recently mentioned to me she had just returned from Oregon where she participated in a relay run from Mount Hood to the Coast at Seaside, Oregon. I knew she was a runner but was not familiar with this relay which, turns out, has been held for 41 years and, for the record, is 196 miles long.

Per the relay group's official website, "The Hood to Coast Relay (HTC Relay) is the most popular and largest running relay race in the world, annually drawing participants from over 40 countries and all 50 states. Known as the "Mother of All Relays," the event takes 12-membe...

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