Dear 3 Cape Relay Team Captains,

Thank you for signing up for the Three Capes Relay to be held March 1st.  This is important information that everyone on your team should know.  Please pass this information on your team members.  If you’re running solo or in a 2 person team, well, I admire you a lot.

Firstly, I would encourage you all to sign up for updated information/results for the 3 Capes Relay on our website at  You can find the signup form on the footer of any page.  If we have any information that needs to get out the few days prior to the race we can e-mail you.  And you’ll then get results of the race later that weekend.

Because of the variability of finish times, we will not be having an awards ceremony.  Teams will be awarded medals as they cross the finish line.  Although we do not have chip timing, we will be keeping track of split times for each leg.   Finish times will be posted at the finish, but split times will not be released until later that weekend and released via a post at .  If you sign up for updates as described above, you’ll automatically be e-mailed these results.  My daughter is competing at the state swim championships that weekend and I will not be able to post these official final results until Sunday evening/night.

We encourage team captains/team to pick up your packets and shirts from 6 to 8 pm Feb. 28th in the main foyer of Tillamook High School.  Last minute registrations can be taken at this time.  We will not be accepting new registrations on race day.  We are available at this time to personally answer any questions you may have about the race (we are available anytime via e-mail at .  We may have a few extra shirts for sale, but can only guarantee free shirts for those teams who registered prior to Feb. 17th.

Team captains (or the team member picking up the packet) are required to sign the Safety and Traffic Agreement at packet pickup time.  Please share this information with all your team members.  Everyone should review our traffic and safety plan.  Each individual runner/walker is required to fill out their medical information on the back of their bib.  This is necessary in case there is any need for medical attention.

For those teams unable to pick up your packet on Friday evening, we will be at the start line and available from 7-8:30 am.  We will not be accepting any new registrations at this time.  At 8:30 am. we will hold a prerace meeting to review safety rules and to answer any last minute questions.  We encourage everyone to be there for that meeting.  The race starts promptly at 9:00 am.

The starting line is at the intersection of Bayocean Rd. NW and Bayshore Drive adjacent to Cape Meares Lake.  There is limited parking along the lake.  You may also park along the shoulder of the road that heads out to Cape Mears county park on the spit just NE of the starting line.  There should only be one vehicle per team.  Park all other vehicles at Tillamook High School and use only one team vehicle along the course.

There is no drive through traffic on leg 1 due to a road closure.  You must drive around to the first leg exchange in Oceanside.  It is 12 miles to the first exchange zone in Oceanside.  If you are not familiar with the detour, please see this map.  After the race start, drive promptly to exchange zone 1 as to not miss it.  Runners, do not worry, you’ll be able to run through the road closure.

We encourage teams to drive the course prior to race, hopefully the night before.  You may underestimate the amount of time required to make this trip if you try to do it the morning of the race.  We will be starting promptly at 9am.  Please familiarize yourself with the course and each respective leg.

There will be at least two volunteers at each exchange zone.  Make your exchange (i.e. touch) between the two cones at each exchange.  The volunteers will be able to give you advice on where to park and advice on the closest bathroom at these zones.  Water cups will be available at each exchange zone.   They will be recording split times as well.  Please be sure they get your number before you rush off.  If you’re running through the exchange, you do not need to worry about going through any cones, etc.  Exchange zones and water stations in most cases will be located on the right side of the road since that is where the space is located. Since you’ll be running on the left side of the road, please be careful crossing over into the exchange zones/water stations.

The finish line is at Web County Park at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City.  Runners will need to turn right into the parking lot (just adjacent to Pelican Pub) and continue about 50 meters to the finish line.  The finish line may be adjusted in case the weather is real nice and the parking lot is busy.  Just look for the orange cones and signs.

Please remember that traffic will not be stopped for this event and have the right away.  Please run on the left side of the road and on the shoulder if possible.  There are many hills, sharp corners, and blind spots so please be very careful.  We will have signs warning cars of runners on the roadway, but it only takes one crazy driver to cause a big problem.  The use of headphones is prohibited.  You cannot hear a car coming behind you with music playing in your ears.  Again, please review our safety and traffic plan and share them with all your teammates.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We appreciate your feedback, good or bad.  And most of all lets have fun, despite any circumstances.  I’ve envisioned this relay event along this course for over 10 years.  It is very fulfilling to work together as a team to accomplish a challenging task. I wish you the best of luck.  Again, please e-mail me at with any questions you might have or if necessary call my cell phone at 503.812.9190.  A list of phone numbers to call with problems during the race will be provided at check in time.


Patrick Zweifel

THS Cross Country

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