By Lilly Milman
Skagway residents Paul and Abby Myers, Becky Jenson and Mindy Miller all traveled to Whitehorse to participate in the Yukon River Trail half-marathon on Aug. 4.
Advertised as one of the toughest marathons in North America, the Yukon River Trail Marathon route mostly runs through the wilderness, with sections along the Millennium Trail, Schwatka Lake and Yukon River Loop Trail. There are half- and full-marathon events in addition to a relay race, and the course is divided into four legs that are between 5- and 8-miles long each. While the terrain is known to be rugged, the trail is marked.
The runners began the 13-mile course at 10:30 a.m. in Rotary Peace Park, Whitehorse, which is also where the race finished.
Paul Myers finished in two hours, 53 minutes and one second, and was 91st out of 131 participants. Right behind him was Abby Myers in 92nd place with a final time of 02:53.01. Both were in the open category for ages 14 to 39. In the masters category for ages 40 to 49, Miller ran the race in 03:17.56 and finished in 117th place. Jenson participated in the walking half-marathon and finished first in the masters category with a time of 03:41.47.