By Leigh Armstrong

Over 160 people showed up on June 8 to run in the annual Duff’s Skagway Marathon and half-marathon.

The route started at the Broadway dock and went through town, up Dyea Road, past the Taiya River until the runners reached a loop point at the last culvert off of Westcreek Road and circled all the way back. The race can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, even though the terrain is a lot rockier in Skagway

Most of the runners, 121 of the participants opted for the half-marathon, which looped by Nakhu Road. 

Ian Weir, a resident of Whitehorse, took home the fastest time at 2 hours, 48 minutes and 42 seconds. 

There was a half-marathon walk for anyone seeking to enjoy the exercise, and beauty of Dyea. 

Ukrainian Ievgen Soloviov is currently on vacation with a friend in Alaska and Canada, and they ran the half-marathon. “We’re on a tourist trip in Canada and Alaska. We found this event and decided it would be great to run on the historical Klondike Road,” he said.