Skagway runners mark date,get set for Klondike Road Relay

Skagway runners are gearing up for the 26th annual Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, held Sept. 5-6, from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon. The event celebrates the history of the Klondike Gold Rush, paralleling the route stampeders traveled on their way to the gold fields more than a century before.
The race kicks off in front of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, and continues throughout the night. Teams comprised of 10 members run a 110 mile relay along the Klondike and Alaska Highways, crossing the international border to finish at Shipyards Park in Whitehorse on the morning of Sept. 6.
The course is made up of 10 legs, each a different distance, which vary in length from 5.6 miles to 16 miles. Alternatively, teams can enter the walking, ultra (one-person team), and youth categories, which start in Carcross, Yukon and include legs 7 through 10 exclusively.
Skagway teams have traditionally shown a strong presence at the race.
This year five running teams will represent Skagway:
• “A Running Borealis,” led by team captain Kate McNatt
• “Gold Rushing Rangers,” team captain Eleanor Heidkamp-Young
• “Skagway Brewing Company,” team captain Mike Healy
• “Skagway Pizza Station’s Team SNAFU,” team captain John O’Daniel
• “WP&YR Highballers X,” team captain Jeremy Simmons
This year Skagway also has four women’s walking teams, all organized by Skagway’s Dottie DeMark. Keep an eye out for walking teams “Windwalkers,” “Windwalkers Too,” “Walk Won’t Run,” and “Walk Won’t Run 2.”
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Skagway Cross Country ready to run
Team poised to shoot for region’s top spots

With more than three weeks of practices behind them, Skagway High’s cross country team is ready to start racing.
Coach Kent Fielding said it was too early to make any real predictions about the season.
“It looks hopeful, but we’ll have to see after the first meet how they’ll stack up against the teams in Southeast,” he said.
They’ll find out soon. The first meet is this weekend in Sitka.
Sitka opted to move from Class 4A to 3A this year, Fielding said. He wasn’t sure how adding the bigger school would affect the region’s dynamics. Skagway, a 2A school, races in the 1A-2A-3A division in cross country.
Haines and Skagway could be the favorites for the top two, but when you put Sitka in the mix, it’s a little hazy, he said.
Which team will be one and which will be two? Fielding doesn’t know.
“When we look at the girls, Haines has one of the favorites for regions coming back, and she’ll be a plus for them,” he said, adding that Skagway had some strong runners graduate last year, but still looks like they could do well.
On the boy’s side, Fielding said Skagway has two top runners in the region returning – Mickey Wilson and Quinn Weber – but he didn’t want to make any predictions before the boys started racing.
The girls team includes: Amanda Jensen, Paige Hahn, Emily Herbig, Kaylie O’Daniel, Rori Leaverton, Anna Korsmo, and Kayla Henricksen.
Boys running for SHS this year are: Mickey Wilson, Quinn Weber, Logan Weber, Tyler Forester, Devin Fairbanks, Ian Klupar, Danny Moore, and Airk Cochran.
The Panthers will travel to Petersburg for their second meet, Sept. 6, and Haines for the upper Lynn Canal meet Sept. 12.

UPDATE: The Skagway girls finished second overall and first among 1A-2A-3A teams at the Sitka meet, and the boys placed two runners in the top 10 among small schools. Details in Sept. 12 issue.

Fishing now open at Pullen mouth
King salmon caught close to the mouth of Pullen Creek won’t count toward regular bag and possession limits under a new order from the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
Anglers, both non-residents and residents, can keep two kings of any size from the ore terminal area, which is the region between the Railroad and Ore docks, said a statement from Fish and Game. The regular fishing license and king stamp is required.
ADFG biologist Rich Chapell said the liberalization would allow people to catch hatchery fish from salt water now that the egg take was over.
“We had a great return of fish this year, so we want to give people the chance to harvest a fish,” he said.
Chapell said the egg take finished Aug. 13. The new regulation opened the area up Aug. 20, and will last until 11:50 p.m. Sept. 15, but Chapell said most fish are probably gone by then.
The area, squashed between cruise ships and docks, won’t help charter captains very much, said Dockside Charters Captain Greg Jones. It’s not a nice place to take clients, he said.
But Jones was happy for the state, and Skagwegians in general.
“It’s great that the state of Alaska got all the fish they needed for the egg take,” he said.
The bag and possession limits in Pullen Creek are four kings, any size, until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 14. Those fish also don’t count toward the annual non-resident limit.
In the Taiya Inlet (excluding the terminal area), the limit is one fish, 48 inches or longer for non-residents, 28 inches or longer for residents. –MD