The Ketchikan Running Club is on track to host a pair of upcoming community races.
The Deer Mountain Challenge is scheduled to kick off Saturday morning, and seven days later, on Aug. 28, it will host the Calamity Triathlon.
Here are details for both races:
Deer Mountain Challenge
The trek up Deer Mountain will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at City Park.
Participants will wind their way up to the trailhead, and continue along toward the mountain’s summit, for a champagne reward.
According to the National Weather Service, Saturday morning’s weather is expected to be partly sunny, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper-50s. Scattered showers aren’t expected to start until late-morning.
Or in other words, a nice day for a run.
Registration for the race is free.
For more information, visit www.ketchikanrunningclub.com, or the KRC’s Facebook page — Ketchikan Running Club.
Co-sponsored by the KRC, Ketchikan Gateway Borough Parks and Recreation, and Alaska State Parks, the Calamity Triathlon is back after a one-year hiatus.
The three-part race features kayaking, running and biking legs, with participants able to compete solo or in teams, according to the KRC. Teams can be male, female or co-ed.
The triathlon’s first leg — kayaking — is set to start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Totem Bight Beach. Kayakers will head toward, and around, the Gravina side of Danger Island, heading back to Refuge Cove.
From there, the second leg will pick up and begin its route.
Runners will take off from Refuge Cove, along Sunset Drive to Tongass Highway, racing northbound, to the far end of the D-1 Loop.
They will race up the D-1 Loop, to the D-2 Loop, heading south on the D-2 Loop, back toward Tongass Highway.
Continuing along the highway, runners will cross Industrial Road, and follow it toward Totem Bight Road, and the state park’s entrance.
Bikers will take over at Totem Bight State Park, cycling eight miles northbound, from the state park to the Settler’s Cove cul de sac, at the end of Tongass Highway.
The finish line will be set up at the cul de sac, with an award ceremony scheduled to begin after all participants have crossed the finish line.
Participants must be at least 14 years old. Minors are required to have a parent’s or legal guardian’s consent.
Kayaks and bikes will be available for rent.
Onsite registration will be available from 8 a.m until 9 a.m. on Aug. 28 at Totem Bight State Park.
But preregistration, and online registration, is “highly encouraged,” according to the KRC, due to the Calamity Triathlon being a multi-layered event.
In-person registration is available at Ketchikan Parks and Recreation, or online at www.ketchikanrunningclub.com/races.
For more information, visit www.ketchikanrunningclub.com.