Photo: Long Days of Summer

    Adult runners Zach Bursell, Chandler Kemp and Finn Morley work on their speed after a local high school practice at Adair Kennedy Field. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Unless you have an aversion to sunny days - I am known for my Swedish sports burn* - the long hours of summer open up opportunities for first timers, casual enthusiasts, die-hard time crunchers and, well, old bones like me to get outside, rain or shine.

      This photo shows 2011 Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé graduate Zack Bursell, 2008 Haines High School graduate Chandler Kemp and 2021 JDHS graduate Finn Morley working on their speed drills after a local high school practice at Adair Kennedy Field.

      Bursell, a JDHS track coach, ran at the University of Portland and Western Washington University, Kemp ran at Cornell University and Morley is running at Vassar College.

      The impact of the sun’s rays hitting their backs and casting long shadows represented more than a sports photo to me. I found rebirth, dedication, joy, exhilaration, inspiration and, well, hope - and then I curled up on the turf and crawled towards spots of shade.

    * (author's note: Swedish sports burn is usually preceded by my skins reflection of the suns ultraviolet rays and glare which can blind passers by, sorry. Please wear sunscreen even on cloudy days - 80% of UV rays still reach you. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before venturing outside, reapply every two hours, especially if sweating, swimming or intensely exercising.)

    Above - 2011 Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé graduate Zack Bursell, 2008 Haines High School graduate Chandler Kemp and 2021 JDHS graduate Finn Morley work on their speed after a local high school practice at Adair Kennedy Field. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

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