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Stampede set for Saturday

Daily News Staff Writer

The Ken Teune Sourdough Stampede is set to take place Saturday morning. Consisting of 5K and 1-mile races, the Ketchikan Running Club event is geared toward families as well as marathon runners.

Both races begin and end at the Gateway Recreation Center. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., followed by the mile race at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K (3.1-mile) race starting by 9 a.m.

The mile race runs from the rec center to a marker on the Shoenbar trial and back. The 5k runs from the rec center, around the baseball field, down Deermont Street, along Stedman Street and North Tongass Highway to the U.S. Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, and then back to the rec center along the same route.

Registration is $15, but kids, veterans and running club members can participate for free. Walking and running are permitted.

Race director Sarah Harney said that spectators are welcome as well.

“Spectators are absolutely encouraged,” she said. “I’ve gone and done half-marathons throughout the U.S., and spectators are huge for participants. … My thing would be to just tell them to cheer any runner on and tell them that they’re doing a great job. Especially the kids. I believe that kids run harder and faster when they know someone’s cheering for them.”

Light refreshments will be available after the race, including doughnuts provided by Alaskan and Proud. Doughnuts were a favorite post-run snack of the race’s namesake, Ken Teune.

Teune was a charter fisherman in Ketchikan for many years. He taught at Clover Pass Christian School, served as an elder at South Tongass Alliance church, and coached the Clover Pass cross country team. According to Harney, the long-running race was renamed for Teune following his sudden passing three years ago.

“He had a really big heart for people and he loved to run,” Harney said. “If anyone knew Ken and wanted to come out and honor him, this would be a great chance for them to do that,” she said.

For those on the fence about taking part Saturday, Harney had the following words.

“I would tell them to come and just have fun,” she said. “There will be people there to record times and record placement of runners so that everyone can find out their personal achievement, but most of all, this is a family event — to come out and move their bodies and just have a good time.”