Challenging Terrain of Eaglecrest Ready for Runners

    Scenic views will ease the efforts for runners, and walkers, during Saturday's Eaglecrest Races.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Trail and Road Runners Club in association with the Juneau Ski Club is hosting a multi-run event on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Eaglecrest Ski Area and according to race director Tom Meyer the Eaglecrest Races are an opportunity to tackle Eaglecrest's challenging, and beautiful, terrain.

      The races are also a good substitute for the Klondike Road Relay being held at the same time this year and for those local runners who would have otherwise joined a Klondike relay team.

      There are four courses to choose from and each is doable by walkers or runners of any level.

      A one-mile out and back run up the Eaglecrest summer road (the lift service road) and back to the finish line at the Eaglecrest parking lot. A good test for speedsters looking to enjoy the day, or any runner of any speed looking for a nice work out.

      A four-plus-mile run up the summer road to the ridge between upper Ptarmigan and Black Bear lift stations and back to the finish line. This is a quad burner. Little time is allowed to adapt to the uphill. Runners begin the climb roughly 15 seconds in. All running or walking abilities are encouraged to register as the views make any effort worth the output.

      A five-mile run up the Eaglecrest Road (Fish Creek Road) to the parking lot. This is a pavement run with a steady incline that will test your initial sprint speed, then start slowing easing you into a rolling climb and a finishing flat sprint. Is an enjoyable outing for any level of runner as the environment heading up is worth looking at.

      And the most challenging course is a nine-plus-mile run that combines the five-mile Eaglecrest Road portion with the four-plus-mile summer road/ridge portion with a return to the parking lot finish line. Well worth the effort for any level of runner as the views from the top are spectacular as is the scenery up and down.

      The five and nine-plus-mile courses start at 9 a.m. at .5 mile Eaglecrest Road. Runners can register at the .5 mile start line. The one and four-plus-mile courses start at the Eaglecrest parking lot at 9:20 a.m. and runners can register at the lodge area or below at 0.5 mile.

      Registration fee is $20 for adults and $5 for 18 years and younger participants. All proceeds benefit the Juneau Ski Club.

      There is no pre-registration; register day of the event and before the start times. This event will be timed. All four courses finish results are eligible for Nugget Alaska Outfitter Cup award points.

      The race complies with all CBJ COVID-19 guidelines and masks and social distancing are required.

      For pre-race questions, you can contact race director Tom Meyer at tommeyer@gci.net.

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