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It seemed a crazy notion last year that Ketchikan might be able to top the Guinness World Record for number of participants in a rain boot race — although, come to think of it, what other community is better equipped, rain boot-wise, than this one?
And we almost did it! We had a whopping 1,008 people donning their XtraTufs, but needed 1,367 to break the record set in the United Kingdom in 2009.
This year, we’re serious: We can do it. The new library is the staging area for the race, with people getting ready beginning at 2 p.m. for the race which is slated to start at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
Racers will go along the Third Avenue Bypass to the parking lot at Third and Washington streets.
It’s easy to be part of the action: Get a registration form — you can pick one up at The Plaza mall — and fill it out, using your legal name (otherwise your participation won’t count). Then show up, rain-boot shod (any brand is OK), turn in your registration, and run. Your speed doesn’t matter; you can walk if you like. It’s the numbers that count.
If ever there were a contest that screamed “Ketchikan,” this is it. Let’s beat that record in 2013.