Hood to Coast founder and chairman Bob Foote has been replaced after not recognizing the top women’s teams during the awards ceremony for the relay on Saturday in Seaside.
Organizers announced Foote’s daughter, Felicia Hubber, the race director since 2006, as the new chairwoman. Hubber will also continue as race director.
Chief operating officer Dan Floyd said the decision was the result of a conversation between himself, Foote and Hubber, and is a decision Foote “100 percent supports.”
“What’s not being said is that Bob has suggested this for years, that she take over,” Floyd said. “Felicia agreed, and has decided now is the time for her to chart our future as an organization.”
The leadership change comes after Emily Pritt, a member of the top women’s team named “Goats N Roses,” tweeted about how the top walking, high school and men’s teams were awarded trophies at Saturday’s ceremony. Pritt said that when she asked Foote why the women’s teams weren’t acknowledged, he told her to “Go talk to someone who cares.”
The relay, a race from Mount Hood to Seaside, historically has only recognized the top three finishing teams overall, as well as the top high school and walking teams, during the awards ceremony.
The organization has since apologized, promising the top three women’s teams will be recognized in future ceremonies.
“We’re happy to be moving in the right direction,” Floyd said.