The Ketchikan Running Club is off to the races.
The KRC’s Grand Prix hit the ground running on Tuesday, as the first of five races jump-started the series that will stretch into the end of July.
Every Tuesday until July 27, participants will compete for points through a series of trail runs. The route and distance changes from week-to-week, but they each begin at 6 p.m. at Ward Lake.
Runners receive points based on their placement in each race, but also can accrue points just by showing up to participate, according to KRC. Extra tallies even are available for Ketchikan High School cross country runners or KRC members — meaning there are many ways to climb the leaderboard.
After Week 1, Henry Vail holds the top spot on the youth leaderboard; Manda Kitson is No. 1 on the women’s leaderboard, and James Myers has the lead on the men’s side.
At the end of the five-week Grand Prix, the top three adult male and female runners, as well as the top three U-18 male and female point earners, will win prizes.
Week 1’s route was a pair of laps, clockwise, around Ward Lake, which is almost three miles, according to KRC. Seven people participated.
In the boys’ youth category, Vail trailed Mickey Lapinski by nearly eight minutes.
But the 12-year-old Vail was able to leap over the incoming high school senior on the points leaderboard, holding true that it’s not always the fastest runner to top of the charts in KRC’s Grand Prix.
Vail finished his laps around Ward Lake in 26 minutes, 18 seconds, but accumulated 160 points through varying ways. Lapinski raced around the course in 18 minutes, 28 seconds, and received 120 points.
Fourteen-year-old Casey Styles finished between the two, in 22 minutes, 12 seconds. He has 115 points.
Myers finished first, overall, in 17 minutes, 25 seconds, and also has 160 points. Kevin Staples and Brad Clere were second and third, respectively, on the men’s side.
Staples finished in 24 minutes, five seconds, and received 155 points. Clere completed the course in 29 minutes, 25 seconds, and has 150 points.
Kitson was the lone woman runner to participate, finishing in 34 minutes, 51 seconds. She has 150 points.
But with only one woman participating in Week 1, the division is wide open to earn prizes — and the same can be said for the other divisions, as well.
For the top three in each division, prizes include Bigfoot pottery pieces made by Leif Sivertsen, and free entry in a future KRC race.
For more information, visit KRC’s website — ketchikanrunningclub.com — or the KRC Facebook page —Ketchikan Running Club.
Spots open for remaining races
Registration for the entire Grand Prix series is closed, but participants still can register for the remaining races, individually, through KRC’s website.
Each individual race registration closes at 4 p.m. every Tuesday, but in-person registration also is available before each race begins at Ward Lake.
It is $10 per race, with 100% of the registration fees donated to the Kayhi cross country team, according to KRC.
Week 2’s race is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on July 6.
July 6: Kayhi XC course (Frog Pond, out and back, lap around Ward Lake, finish at Ward Creek Bridge; 3.1 miles).
July 13: Salvage Loop (Ward Creek Trail out, Salvage Trail back; roughly 3.3 miles).
July 20: Perseverance Lake (out and back, turn around at bridge; roughly five miles).
July 27: Kayhi XC long loop (Ward Creek Trail out, Salvage Trail back, Pipeline Trail to Tongass Highway, head toward Frog Pond Road, Frog Pond Trail back to Ward Lake, back to beach via the road; roughly seven miles).