KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Just as it did two weeks ago, the Ketchikan High School cross country team will compete in a virtual race on Saturday.

Virtual meets will be the new normal this cross country season, due to the novel coronavirus. Ketchikan will be running its portion of those races at Ward Lake.

Kayhi boys will get set and go at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Kayhi girls will get on their mark soon after the boys finish.

The race is officially labeled as Thunder Mountain High School’s home meet, although schools throughout Southeast will be competing from their home course.

To make up for each course’s difference — Juneau has steeper hills; Ward Lake is considered flatter — the coaches will use a math formula devised by the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country staff, using last year’s race times in Juneau and final results on Saturday.

Schools must submit their results to Thunder Mountain’s coaching staff by 2 p.m. Saturday.

Spectators are welcome to watch the First City’s cross country squad at Ward Lake. Social distancing and masks are encouraged.

The road that stretches around Ward Lake will not be closed and trails won’t be marked off, so drivers and hikers should be aware of cross country meet that will be underway throughout the area.