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.
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