The Totem to Totem Half Marathon has moved to a virtual race this season.

Following the recent rise of novel coronavirus cases in the area, and Ketchikan moving to its Community Risk Level 3, the Ketchikan Running Club will not be hosting in-person participation for the event, originally scheduled for Saturday.

“(This) unfortunately, for us, means that outside gatherings are limited to under 30 people,” the KRC said in a press release on Wednesday. “In light of this development, the Ketchikan Running Club’s board of directors made the difficult, but necessary, decision to move the race to a virtual format. It is our responsibility and priority to keep you and our community safe.”

The new virtual Totem to Totem Half Marathon will run from Saturday through May 16. The KRC has a runsignup.com website for participants to enter virtual results, and there will not be an additional charge to register for the virtual event.

The route for the half marathon winds its way through town, starting at Rotary Beach and finishing at Potlatch Totem Park. Participants still can run, walk or be on a relay team.

According to the press release, the club still expects there to be a number of people running the route on Saturday.

“We understand that you all have trained very hard for this race, so we encourage you to still run this Saturday, but the Ketchikan Running Club will not be there with water support or to officially time the race,” the club said. “If you are participating this Saturday, Dawson Construction has agreed to clear a path on the water side of the highway in the construction zone by the airport. If you are participating after Saturday, we recommend that you choose an alternative route to avoid the construction zone.”

The KRC still will hand out race packets on Friday at The Landing. Registered participants will receive a Totem to Totem race T-shirt, a completion medal and a $25 gift certificate to The Landing. The gift certificate is in place of the club’s annual pre-race dinner that is typically scheduled the night before the half marathon.

Packet pickup is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

The KRC also has other prizes that can be won in a raffle, including boxes of chocolate and coffee, sport wear, fruit baskets and two Alaska Airlines tickets.

For more information, visit the Ketchikan Running Club’s Facebook page.