Here’s a shout-out to the intrepid runners and walkers who wil be tackling the 13.1-mile Totem to Totem Half Marathon that starts at 9 a.m.  Saturday morning at the Rotary Beach Park.

They’ll be heading north on a course that travels through Saxman and downtown Ketchikan and on out the road past the Shoreline Drive area, Ward Cove and the Refuge Cove area en route to the finish at the Totem Bight State Park. It’s great to see the participation in the Totem to Totem, and we wish every participant well along the way.

Along with encouraging the runners and walker on Saturday, we’ll also sound the cautionary note for folks out sharing the roads with the runners and walkers.

There’s a lot of potential for participants to be in close quarters with vehicles and pedestrians along the way. Rain is in the forecast, which can diminish visibility. If you’re out driving on Saturday, we urge you to be on the lookout for the half-marathon participants, helping to ensure that everyone stays safe.

Ketchikan is fortunate to have these kinds of recreational opportunities. Even if not directly involved, we all can do our part to make it a positive event for everyone.