Photo by Carrie Lundell

Here at Greatist, we’re all about adventure. From hiking the Appalachian trail to surfing indoors, the team loves a fun challenge. So when I found out about an opportunity to run in one of the largest relays in the world, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

This year I’m running Hood to Coast, a relay that spans 200 miles from Mt. Hood, Oregon, to (you guessed it!) the Oregon coast. Teams of 12 runners split the distance, each running three different legs, totaling 17 miles: down mountains, along trails, and through cities, until crossing the sandy finish line.

But what makes this so freakin’ awesome isn’t just that we’ll be running at all hours of the day (and night!) across one of the most scenic states in America. I’ll be running with Nuun, one of Hood to Coast’s sponsors. (If you haven’t tried it, Nuun is a self-dissolving, sugar-free electrolyte tablet that helps people stay hydrated while running, biking, or sitting around at their desks.) When the company announced they were hosting three teams of running bloggers, I enthusiastically applied and was chosen through my own blog to join in on the fun.

Want to catch a glimpse of the action? Check out highlights from last year’s race.

The gun goes off on Friday, August 24th. Follow me on Twitter (@lschwech) and Instagram as I capture how my team and the other Nuun crews are doing while we head to the Pacific — fully hydrated, and all. I’ll be joining 29 other wonderful bloggers, along with the team at Nuun, so make sure to check out their blogs and cheer them along, too. And stay tuned for a recap once I return to hear about the friendships made, sights seen, and miles covered along the way!

What was the most epic race you’ve ever done? Any tips for a newbie racer like me? Share them in the comments section below!

Disclosure: Accommodations and all other arrangements to attend Hood to Coast were paid in full by Nuun. As with all Greatist stories, any content we publish is independently written and never in exchange for goods or services.