Klondike Road Relay: 1,396 people and 110 miles

For Juneau Runners, September means some seriously crazy running. For the past 31 years, teams of runners run, walk or crawl–whatever means necessary–through a relay-style, ten-leg race that begins in Skagway and ends nearly 110 miles later in Whitehorse (most of it in the middle of the night).

The length of the ten legs vary from just over 5 miles up to 16 miles. The terrain is quite hilly (especially for leg 2) and can be quite challenging.  This year it rained on and off for the first five legs, and was very foggy for most of legs 2 and 3.

There were 1,396 runners making up 146 teams from all over Alaska and parts of Canada. Some runners are in it strictly for the fun, others are mildly competitive, and some teams are downright determined to win.

It was a good year for Juneau runners, placing within the top three in three categories: Open, Mixed and Women’s only.

In the Open category, the C.C. Striders took second place with a total time of 14.29.34.

In the Women’s Only category, Hard Women are Good to Find, took third place with a total time of 16:44:16.

And in the Mixed category, Team 8 took first place with a total time of 12:22:46.

For more details on the race, visit the Klondike Road Relay results page.

 

Juneau teams on the ferry riding to and from the Klondike this weekend share their thoughts on the race:

 

Enjoy the Klondike Road Relay – 2013 slideshow.

Decorating cars for the Klondike

Buckwheat Donahue lines up runners at the Klondike starting line

Klondike runners have fun supporting other runners

Klondike runner in the heavy fog

Mexican themed, Klondike check point three

Wizard of Oz themed Klondike check point four

Saturday morning Klondike runners

Klondike Red Dress Runners enjoy the finish

Rainbow After the Klondike

Klondike after, after party on the ferry

Many teams enjoy the tradition of decorating their support cars before the race begins. Here the Twisted Blistered Sisters have a little pre-party paint time.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

Buckwheat Donahue lines up runners at the Klondike starting line and also entertains the masses gathered to watch.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

Along the route team members have fun while supporting their team members. Here the Twisted Blistered Sisters create a tunnel of love for their runner, Jessica Schmitz, on leg 1.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

Much of the Klondike is run in darkness, this year runners ran legs two and three in the cover of fog too.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

Volunteers at each of the ten check points make sure runners are safe and that their transitions go smoothly. And at check point three, volunteers usually create a theme their for their station.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

At check point four, volunteers created a Wizard of Oz theme to welcome in runners from leg-three, the princess leg, and get leg-four runners off to a good start.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

The Red Dress Runners and Twisted Blistered Sisters enjoy a little friendly competition as the sun rises on the subtle fall Yukon colours.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

After a long night of running and partying in their RV, the team of Red Dress Runners enjoys a well deserved rest on the grass before the heading off to the after party.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

The entire 109.5 mile Klondike Road Relay route is stunningly beautiful. The thing is, most of it is run in the darkness of night. Most runners appreciate the silence and beauty that night brings, but are also happy to check out their leg the following day as they return from Whitehorse. This was the splendor many Juneau runners were treated to on their return trip.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

After the relay and after the after party, several teams kept the party going on the ferry ride home.
Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO News

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