Relay runs from Douglas to Coos County

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The annual Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay drew in runners from all over the Pacific Northwest.

The 67-mile, five person relay was started in the early seventies by the South Coast Running Club.

Pete dawson took over as race director 18 years ago, making it a fundraiser for Camp Millenium. "I was talking one day with a woman who I run with. I said it would really be nice to bring back that relay race, and she said, "Let's do it, and let's do it as a fundraiser for the camp," So, that's when it started," Dawson said.

The course follows along the Coos Bay Military Wagon Road. "It goes up through the woods, you get to watch the east fork of the Coquille River start as a tiny little creek and then grow into a big river," said Dawson. "It's just really pretty."

Runners had a staggered start beginning at 6:00 am in the KPIC parking lot.

Dory Bennett, a runner in the relay says it's more than just getting exercise. "It's just supports a good cause. I like to get out amongst the runners, it's a social thing," Bennett said. "It's getting out amongst other people that have likewise interests."

The relay finished at the Fred Meyer in Coos Bay.