PHOTO COURTESY OF CHILKAT CHALLENGE TRIATHLON 

The second Chilkat Challenge Triathlon will be held in Haines on July 1.  The triathlon is a 40 mile paddle/bike/run race in and alongside the Chilkat River, and is a celebration of what the river means to the entire community as a source of food, jobs and recreation.
“Simply put, the Chilkat River is the backbone of our entire culture here in the Chilkat Valley,” said Race Marshall Gershon Cohen in an email.
The race is being hosted by the NGO Alaska Clean Water Advocacy (ACWA.)
Cohen said the number of entrants has already doubled from those who entered last year. The paddle portion will start at Mosquito Lake and end at Klukwan (8 miles). Racers will then bike to town (22 miles). The race finishes with a 9.5-mile run from town to Chilkat State Park. Racers can enter as individuals or as teams of either two or three. Teams can have folks in a two-person canoe or kayak if they choose, or racers can paddle alone.
There will be prizes again this year for the winners, with gifts being donated by Patagonia and REI, Northern Alaska Outfitter, and others. Entry is $75. Racers can can register through www.chilkatchallengetriathlon.com.
A mandatory pre-race meeting will be held the night before on the Parade Grounds in Fort Seward.