Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

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Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

Postby TeamHoundandRedhead » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:34 am

...and they're not exaggerating. I just completed my 4th year doing the half-marathon in Skagway, AK - I visit my friends in Whitehorse, YK and we road-trip down there, about 2.5 hours with absolutely breathtaking scenery. You go through a little bit of British Columbia so we joke that you get to visit a province, a state and a territory all in one road trip.

The race starts at the dock and goes 2 miles along the edge of town, across the bridge and up to Dyea Road. That part is flat. There are no other flat parts, lol. Dyea Road is a long hill - not too steep but just very long to the top. There's a touristy lookout spot where I always stop for a selfie, then a glorious downhill to an inlet, around the inlet, stop for a selfie with the beautiful scenery there, then up another hill to the turnaround. The full marathon keeps going up the mountain - my friend who is an experienced trail runner did the full our first year and says "never again." The half turns around and goes back along the same road, except the glorious downhill is now a long, gradual uphill. Back to the touristy spot and then finally down the steeper hill to the flat road. That flat road feels so long towards the finish line at the dock. This year the weather was forecasted to be 20C with maybe some rain - it was 9C with gale-force winds. You know those dreams where you're running and not getting anywhere? I felt like that getting to the finish line because the headwind was so brutal right at the ocean.

But I got 'er done in 2:37:02 (average for me) and got the medal which is shaped like Alaska. Will be back to tackle those hills next June!

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Re: Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:39 pm

Thanks for the report.

Why haven't the pics been posted?
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Re: Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

Postby Habs4ever » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:51 pm

Very neat race! Thanks for posting. And yes, where are the pictures?
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Re: Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

Postby TeamHoundandRedhead » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:01 am

Pics, as requested:

The view from the top of that first hill:
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The glorious downhill:
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Beautiful inlet around the 10K mark:
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Coming back from the turnaround:
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Me and my Alaska shaped medal with my friend's sled dog (that dog did the Iditarod a few years ago):
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Re: Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:57 am

That is hilly! And beautiful. Cute dog too.
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Re: Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

Postby Avis » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:11 pm

Nice report, and great pictures! Thanks!
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Re: Skagway, Alaska half-marathon - "5% Tough, 95% Brutal"

Postby Nicholas » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:22 pm

Looks like a fun race...other than the gale force winds!
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