Runners take part in the Klondike Trail of ’98 Road Relay on Sept. 9, 2017. Teams of 10 tackle the 175-kilometre route, which follows the White Pass route that the stampeders took during the Gold Rush from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse. PHOTO BY MARISSA TIEL/WHITEHORSE STAR
By DAN FOX
A total of nine Skagway teams tackled the long stretch of highway between Skagway and Whitehorse in the 35th Annual Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, with several of the Alaskan athletes putting in standout performances throughout the lengthy event.
“It actually went really well,” said Kaylie O’Daniel, who ran Leg Four of the relay for Skagway team Snafu. “We all had a lot of fun, we always do.”
Snafu, a corporate team captained by Beth Smith, placed 53rd of 160 overall with a final time of 17:21:34. Snafu Too, also captained by Smith, placed 85th overall, with a total time of 18:07:48.
Nicole Kovacs, running as a team of one from Carcross to Whitehorse, completed her 44-mile jaunt in 8:39:10. She set an average speed of 5.1 miles-per-hour for her day of running.
Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters, a team featuring several of the Skagway School District’s cross-country runners, ranked 94th out of 160 overall, with junior Danny Brady finishing in third place for his leg of the race, Leg Two. Duff’s team had a total time of 18:27:42 minutes.
Parkies, Pluckers and Blowers, with captain Michael Tranel, finished 47th overall, with a final time of 17:09:18.
The Alaska Excursions team made 11th place out of 160, and finished second out of 26 in the corporate category. Captained by Blake Bottle, the Alaska Excursions team had a final race time of 14:56:06.
The Skagway Brewing Company team also made a good showing, with Michael Kulachkosky taking third place in Leg One of the race, with a leg time of 1:03:12. The team took 32nd place overall, with a final time of 16:24:21
The WP&YR Highballers with captain Allyson Nannini made the trek in 18:02:52 for 81st place out of 160.
FindingHUP, with team captain Abby Myers, had a final time of 17:49:02, and placed 73rd overall. FindingHUP is also the name of a non-profit organization, started by Myers’ brother-in-law with the goal of providing positive, life-impacting experiences for people dealing with paralysis. Myers recently coordinated a 5k run in Skagway to support the organization as well. This year’s road relay marks the third time the FindingHup team has run, and the fourth relay for Myers.
“We actually did really good, it was our fastest time this year,” Myers said.
Senator’s Cup Class of 2017
Amara Liggett – Anchorage
Becky Jensen – Skagway
Bill Zagrocki – Anchorage
Caro Rosier-Polley – Auke Bay, AK
Chera Boom – Anchorage
Corey Roussell – Whitehorse
Dan Monteith – Juneau
Dan Robinson – Juneau
Dianne Bruce – Whitehorse
Dolly Kremers – Juneau
Greg Lane – Whitehorse
Jared Erickson – Juneau
Jenn Roberts – Whitehorse
John Kremers – Juneau
Julie Meyer – Calgary, AB
Kathy Kartchner – Juneau
Lisa Worden – Juneau
Marcia Lalonde – Whitehorse
Maura Sullivan – Whitehorse
Megan Ahleman – Juneau
Ric Wilson – Anchorage
Steve Agee – Anchorage
Susetta Cole – Juneau
William Grether – Anchorage