Totem to Totem 2019 Rotary Beach

Elementary school-age kids gather together at Rotary Beach prior to the start of the 2019 Totem to Totem half marathon. Photo courtesy of Gretchen Klein

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Totem to Totem half marathon has been postponed, according to a press release from the Ketchikan Running and Walking Club.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, the 13.1-mile race has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 12 due to the growing concerns of the coronavirus.

The race has drawn as many as 300 participants in the past, including 100 elementary school age students, according to the press release, which states that having many people within the starting space at Rotary Beach raises the risk of the virus being transmitted.

“We hope this change will allow people to get healthy, and opportunity to train longer,” said race director Gretchen Klein. “It’s a day that the many come out to complete personal goals, and run in someone’s remembrance at the race; the decision wasn’t made lightly.”

Registration will remain open at www.ketchikanrunningclub.com.

There is a $60 preregistration fee, and everyone who participates will receive a T-shirt and medal. There also are refreshments at the finish line, which is at Potlatch Totem Park, as well as exhibitors and tours of Potlatch Totem Park provided at the end.

For those who had preregistered for the race in May, the Ketchikan Running and Walking Club will honor refunds if requested.

When the race is ran this fall, it will be the 38th annual Totem to Totem half marathon. The route originally started at Saxman Tribal Hall, and finished at the Totem Bight State Park in the 1980s.

The current trek begins at Rotary Beach and ends at Potlatch Totem Park, and covers almost every part of the city.

For more information, participants can reach out to Gretchen Klein at gretchen.klein48@gmail.com.