The third season of Reel NW will include a film that looks at four teams competing in the largest relay race.
All films in the KCTS TV series, which began Friday, are made by Northwest filmmakers, shot in the Northwest or feature a Northwest subject.
Airing on Friday will be “Hood to Coast,” which follows four teams on their epic journey to take on the world’s largest relay race. The teams include a 67-year-old heart attack survivor determined to conquer the race that almost killed her, a rookie team of animators totally unprepared for the 197-mile adventure race, a family in mourning running to honor the memory of a loved one, and a group of aging jocks who show they still know how to have a good time.
The film, showing at 9 p.m., was directed by Christoph Baaden and Marcie Hume.
The Hood To Coast Relay has run every year since 1982. It involves 12-member teams that divide into two groups of six, each member running three legs from Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood to the Oregon Coast.
In 1982, only eight teams took part. Now the race is capped at 1,000 teams. The event attracts runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.
The movie follows the four teams over the course of 11 months, from their preparations through race day.
“We realize that winning isn’t everything in a film that takes a celebratory look at personal motivation and attempting the extraordinary,” the directors said on the film’s website.
In addition to airing on television, nearly all Reel NW films will be available online on the KCTS 9 video player after the on-air broadcast. Online content will include guest blogs from Robert Horton and in-studio interviews with the filmmakers.
Learn more about the movie at hoodtocoastmovie.com. You can get more details on the series at kcts9.org/reel-nw.