Blueberry Arts Festival Fun Run 2019

Runners sprint uphill on the morning of Aug. 3, 2019 during the start of the 5K and 10K Blueberry Arts Festival Fun Run on Grant and Main streets. The race will be done virtually this year, and run from July 31 through Aug. 9. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

‘Tis the Blueberry Arts Festival season.

Even though the weather has been gloomy this summer, the calendar is fast approaching August. And that means gearing up for another Fun Run through the streets of Ketchikan.

The Blueberry Arts Festival Fun Run will be done virtually this year, like all other community races this summer. The Ketchikan Running and Walking Club has opted to go the virtual route to ensure the health and safety of the community during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The virtual run will kick off on Friday, and can be comlpeted anytime between then and Sunday, Aug. 9.

It’s a safe bet that over the course of those 10 days rain will be in the forecast. But participants can choose any day to compete, and pick which course  best suits them.

Participants can either run or walk the 5K or 10K routes, or the one-mile trek — or do all three. Prizes will be awarded to age group winners.

The races are free to participate in this year.

The race routes will be the same as previous years, but without the convenience of traffic guards or assistance at street crossings, so organizers encourage participants to be on the lookout for day-to-day traffic.

Several free activity apps can be used to track distance and time, including Strava, MapMyRun and RunKeeper. The Ketchikan Running and Walking Club has a club page on Strava, similar to Facebook.

Although the virtual Blueberry Arts Festival Fun Run is free this year, donations or Ketchikan Running and Walking Club memberships help support future races, as well as a college scholarship for Ketchikan High School athletes. Membership forms can be found at ketchikanrunningclub.com.

Submitting results

Race results can be submitted on the running club’s page at Strava.com. Results should be named “Virtual Blueberry 5k/10k/1 mile.”

Results also can be emailed to katie.sivertsen@k21schools.org, with the participant’s full name and age.

Photos are encouraged.

Final results will be available after Aug. 9.

Race routes

5K/10K

• Start at State Building (Main and Grant streets).

• Up Grant Street.

• Right on Bawden Street.

• Left on Park Avenue.

• Right on Woodland Avenue (not Deermount Street).

• Left on Stedman Street.

• 5K turn around just south of Coast Guard Base (marked).

• 10K turn around at south corner of South Tongass Services.

• Continue on Stedman Street toward town (do not turn up Woodland Avenue).

• Stay left on Dock Street.

• Right up Main Street.

• Finish at State Building (corner of Main and Grant streets).

One Mile

• Start at State Building (Main and Grant streets).

• Up Grant Street.

• Down Schoenbar Trail.

• Turn around at Schoenbar Middle School.

• Take Left on Schoenbar Trail (do not head back up the hill to Grant Street).

• Left on Park Avenue.

• Right on Dock Street.

• Right on Main Street.

• Finish at State Building (corner of Main and Grant).