By HANNAH FLEACE
The 4th annual Skagway Marathon will be Saturday, June 13 at the Skagway Ferry Terminal. The full marathon runners and half marathon walkers will begin at 8 a.m. and the half marathon runners will begin at 9 a.m.
Marathon organizer Kristin Wagner said they decided to stagger the race this year, “Just so everyone comes in around the same time.”
Online registration is available at www.skagwaymarathon.org until 11:59 p.m. on June 10. The cost is $40 per person and includes a custom Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters tech t-shirt, custom completion medallion in the shape of Alaska and a custom bib.
Late registration is June 12 from 5-8 p.m. at AB Hall. The cost is $50 and participants can pick up their bibs at that time or on the day of the race.
The brutal full marathon is from the ferry terminal to West Creek Road and back, tracing fjord coastline and hilly Alaskan country.
Wagner describes the participants as adrenaline junkies. “You have to watch out for bears and moose,” she said. “It’s in a unique location and has that element of danger.”
The half marathon, also strenuous, is from the ferry terminal to Nahku Road and back.
The Skagway Marathon is a certified qualifier for the Boston Marathon and draws locals as well as “50 staters,” people who run marathons in every state.
“We’re trying to promote healthy living and being outdoors,” Wagner said.
The event is sponsored by Duff’s, the Municipality of Skagway and the Skagway Development Corporation. Wagner said the marathon typically draws around 120 runners and walkers and a slew of volunteers.