Hills from Hell 2020

Seth and Gina Gross finish the Virtual Hills from Hell race on June 18. The Hills from Hell consists of 1,150 feet of elevation gain over six miles. The Gross’ ran it in 1:18:41, doing so on an historic weather day in Ketchikan, in which the First City accumulated more than three inches of rain, and wind gusts exceeding 20 mph. Photo courtesy of Seth Gross

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Running and Walking Club has kept its racing schedule up to speed virtually the past couple months.

After nearly 30 participants competed in the Virtual Totem to Totem Half Marathon in May, a dozen hardcore runners voluntarily chose to race the Virtual Hills from Hell.

Thr race ended Sunday. It opened on June 12.

Hell’s route has an elevation gain of 1,150 feet over six miles. It starts at Alder Park, and finishes across the street from KRBD.

The Hills from Hell originally was scheduled for April 25, but due to the novel coronavirus, the race was postponed and eventually ran virtually.

Runners used GPS apps, such as Strava, MapMyRun and RunKeeper, to track their time. Because it was ran virutally, anyone outside of Ketchikan was able to participate, but they had to track the same elevation gain in just a few miles.

May Flood was the only participant to compete outside of Ketchikan, doing so in Juneau. She ran 1,283 feet over 7.7 miles, finishing in one hour, 28 minutes and 19 seconds.

Ketchikan’s Sean Vail placed first out of the 12 runners, finishing the Hills from Hell in 44 minutes and three seconds.

Katie Sivertsen was the top women’s finisher, completing Hell’s route in 53 minutes and 55 seconds.

The race was free. The running club is considering running other races this summer virtually to abide by health mandates.

Here are the Virtual Hills from Hell results:

1. Sean Vail — 0:44:03

2. Adam Dixon — 0:49:53

3. Katie Sivertsen — 0:53:55

4. Brayden Gentry — 0:54:50

5. Chris Biagi — 0:58:24

6. Bill Elberson — 1:05:42

7. Crystal Vail — 1:14:18

8. Gina Gross — 1:18:41

9. Seth Gross — 1:18:41

10. Leigh Woodward — 1:21:22

11. Penny Hamlin — 1:21:22

12. May Flood — 1:28:19 (remote, 7.7 miles, 1,283’).

*Names and results courtesy of the Ketchikan Running and Walking Club.