15th Annual Prince of Wales Island
Marathon and Half Marathon
Come join the celebration and take part in the 15th Annual Prince of Wales Island Marathon on May 24, 2014, for a run and travel experience you will not soon forget! We also offer a half marathon and various relay options for the full marathon. And we welcome both runners and walkers to our celebratory 15th staging of these events!
Prince of Wales Island is located in the Alaska Panhandle in the southeastern portion of the state, which is the northern terminus of the Inside Passage, a protected waterway twisting between islands and fjords. Our island is 135 miles long and 45 miles wide and is the third largest United States island after Hawaii and Kodiak.
Although Prince of Wales Island itself is large, the marathon course is the standard 26.2 miles and will be newly certified and RRCA approved. For the 2014 out-and-back course, runners and walkers will start at the Craig High School, travel along the Klawock Channel portion of the Inside Passage, turn left at the Crossroads in Klawock to head out to what many consider to be one of the most scenic routes in Alaska: The Big Salt Lake Highway.
Turnaround points will be closely monitored by race officials and traffic control personnel for both the half marathon and marathon participants. Marathoners will experience rushing streams and inspiring mountain vistas that will both challenge and reward them in the middle portion of their course. The half marathon course has fewer of these dramatic hills, but offers scenery that is equally stunning and gratifying.
Congratulations to the 2013 marathon and half marathon winners!
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (photo right) took the men’s marathon top spot with a time of 3:01:40 and Debbie Cropper won the women’s marathon with a time of 3:33:49.
Tansy Christ won the women’s half marathon with a time of 1:34:26 and Alex Daniels won the men’s half marathon with a time of 1:36:35.
Prince of Wales Island is the home to ten communities whose residents share the coastline, mountains, rivers, lakes, and Tongass National Forest with a wide variety of wildlife including eagles, deer, elk, bear, whales, ravens, seals, wolves, salmon, halibut and many other species. POW Island and the Tongass National Forest are within the Pacific temperate rain forest zone, encouraging a dense growth of Sitka spruce and western hemlock and moderate temperatures.
Runners and walkers are likely to catch a glimpse of the island’s wildlife as they traverse our scenic course. Prince of Wales Island is especially active during summertime when salmon return to their streams to spawn.
Our island is also the traditional home to both Tlingit and Haida Native tribes. Maintaining a thriving Native culture is important to local tribes and can be seen in their totem parks, potlatch ceremonies, dance regalia, cedar canoes, long houses, cedar bark weavings, carved masks, and traditional food gathering practices.
Prince of Wales Island with its mild temperate climate and stunning scenery offers many opportunities for walkers, runners, hikers, photographers, sportsmen/sportswomen, spelunkers, bicyclists, campers, kayakers, canoeists, and other adventurers. Our island truly offers a buffet of activities for the outdoor enthusiast.
Please visit the Prince of Wales Chamber Commerce website – www.princeofwalescoc.org – for more detailed information about lodging, tours, transportation, recreational opportunities, sightseeing, and other services.
Race packets may be picked up at the CTA Hall in Craig on Friday, May 23, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The CTA Hall is located at 1330 Craig-Klawock Highway and serves as race headquarters during the race events. Registrations will also be available during this time.
A pasta feed will be available at the CTA Hall in Craig on Friday evening. This is a fund raising event for a local youth group and also includes the posting of the colors in honor of veterans as well as a special welcome from a local Native dancer attired in elegant Native regalia. The evening is rounded out with a brief participant orientation and question-and-answer period, followed by a presentation by our guest speaker Laura Skladzinski from New York City.
Participants seeking transportation to the start line will be able to sign up for this at the CTA Hall at this time. Our race store will also be open and various displays will invite viewing. Of course, it will be a wonderful opportunity to relax and meet with island residents and visitors to compare race notes.
Transportation will be provided from local lodges and bed and breakfast establishments to the starting line at Craig High School for those participants who signed up at the CTA Hall on Friday. The expansive lobby of the high school will be open for prerace stretching and last minute race conversations. Restrooms are also available along with the option to drop your race bag at the secured clothing drop area.
The Adult Alternative Aid Station Relay Team will have a 7:00 a.m. start; all other participants will have an 8:00 a.m. start. The course will remain open for eight hours following the 8:00 a.m. start.
The lobby is available after the race for more substantial post-race food items and the comparing of race experiences. Of course, our traditional homemade cookie station is also open to all. Ten-minute massages may also be purchased for a nominal fee. And van transportation to local lodging facilities will be available.
A “Spash and Dash” option is available at the City of Craig’s swimming pool from noon to 4:00 p.m., during which participants presenting their race bibs may use the pool facilities, including the Jacuzzi and sauna, without charge.
The awards ceremony will take place back at race headquarters at the CTA Hall that evening and is always a fun event for all. At this time, all marathoners will be asked to vote for their favorite aid station.
Our aid stations are staffed by volunteers from local organizations who are experienced, dedicated, and over-the-top enthusiastic. Aid stations compete for a coveted traveling trophy each year, making their efforts to serve all participants go way beyond that proverbial extra mile. Aid stations will provide Gatorade, water, lemon drops, fruit, other forms of nutrition, along with an abundance of moral support and good cheer. They also have available first aid kits for participants needing basic first aid assistance. Vans travel the course throughout the event and stop at aid stations to provide rides to relay participants as well as other support. Four EMT crews are also on the course throughout the race day to provide more intensive medical support.
Because we seek to include all levels and ages of participants while promoting team camaraderie as well as the enjoyment of running and walking, we provide several options for relay teams. We award plaques to 1st – 3rd place teams in both the 4-person and 8-person relay team categories. Although we strongly encourage relay teams to recruit either four or eight members, we also offer an open category for those few teams which are unable to do so. There is no plaque awarded for this open category. There are designated exchange points at aid stations for the 4-person and 8-person relay teams.
Local island schools also form Youth Alternative Aid Station Relay Teams, consisting of students in grades Kindergarten through middle school. These young runners are a yearly highlight of our race as they run from aid station to aid station, and without fail, cheer on ALL other participants.
Note that no runner or walker will be allowed to participate on more than one team or in more than one race category.
Participants who register by midnight, Alaska Standard Time on April 15, 2014, will benefit from the Early Bird discounted race fees and will receive a long sleeved tech-shirt on Friday, May 23, when race packets are picked up. Participants who register after this Early Bird Deadline will pay standard race fees and will have a shirt on order which may not be received by race day. The race committee insures future delivery of these shirts to participants. Therefore, accurate mailing addresses are a must.
Runners on the Youth Alternative Aid Station Relay Teams will receive a cotton, short sleeved tie-dye race shirt.
Medals are awarded at the finish line to all marathon and half marathon finishers. Medals for relay teams are likewise awarded at the finish line when the last relay member completes the final leg. As our 15th year is the year of the salmon, the medals will feature the highly prized salmon in its jumping splendor.
Here is a look at this year’s AMAZING, one-of-a-kind Prince of Wales Island Marathon participant medals created by local artists Kathy Peavey (glass artist) and Deborah Ross (local cedar products).
Full marathoners are automatically entered into our May 24 drawing for a travel package. This includes a pair of ferry tickets (round-trip) off and on of the island; Both tickets are good for a vehicle, a driver and one passenger. Other participants, volunteers and spectators are afforded the chance to win this drawing by purchasing raffle tickets at our race events and other venues. The drawing will take place after the awarding of winners’ plaques. The winner need not be present to win this drawing.
Many other drawings are held during the awards ceremony on the evening of May 24 at the CTA Hall. These are free and are open to all in attendance. Prizes may include restaurant coupons, clothing, tools, grills, deck furniture, art work, coupons for services from local businesses, running shoes, baskets of island items, fishing gear, hats, backpacks, jackets, and many other items. Note that for these drawings, winners must be present.
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Because of generous sponsors and much local support, we are able to offer reasonable race fees.
We offer special rates for our Early Bird Registrations, which are good until midnight, Alaska Standard Time on April 15, 2014. Thereafter, standard fees will apply, with the online registration closing on May 21, 2014, at midnight, Alaska Standard Time.
Paper registrations are available during this entire time frame and follow the same pricing schedule. Please contact Ann James at firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding paper registrations.
Registrations for both the adult and youth alternative aid station relay teams close on April 15, 2014, at midnight, Alaska Standard Time; no registrations will be accepted after this deadline. These are paper registrations and are done through Ann James at email@example.com.
Refunds are not granted for any reason. Online registrations and paper registrations follow the same fee schedule as noted below.
Our 2014 guest speaker Laura Skladzinski comes to Prince of Wales Island from across the nation: New York City! While growing up, Laura preferred musical theater pursuits to sports and had not run a single mile until 2006. During a summer spent in Florida, Laura decided to work on her goal of running one mile without stopping. After achieving that goal, she went on to conquer one, two, three, and then ten, until she hit twenty-two miles, prompting her to decide to try the marathon distance.
Her first marathon was the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, which she says she picked because of the promise of an all-you-can-eat-ice-cream finish line treat for finishers. Her family and friends lined the course, displaying signs that read “Run to the Ice Cream, Laura!” to urge her on.
Her new quest then became to run a marathon in all fifty states by her 25th birthday – shortened to her personal mantra “50 by 25”. She began writing a running/fitness blog, detailing her journey as she crisscrossed the country to run marathons, all while holding down a full-time job during the week as a business strategy consultant. In June 2010, she broke the world record as the youngest woman to run a marathon in all 50 states, as certified by the 50 States Marathon Club. Only two women have managed to break this record since 2010.
Since setting this record in 2010, Laura has continued to run marathons – often as a coach or a pacer. In 2010, she coached tennis pro Justin Gimelstob to run the New York City Marathon and was featured in the New York Times for this accomplishment. Continuing with her coaching pursuits, Laura earned her coaching certificate from the Road Runners Club of America in 2012, and was honored as one of Athleta’s ten sponsored athletes that same year.
Laura ran her 100th marathon in November of 2013 at the ING New York City Marathon and has the goal to make the Prince of Wales Island Marathon her 110th. Laura will speak at the pasta feed on May 23, 2014, at the CTA Hall in Craig and will surely entertain the audience with anecdotes from her marathon journey – all the way from running with wild horses in Wyoming to experiencing 119 degrees of heat at the Boulder City, Nevada, start line. She will also speak to local youth groups and will be at the CTA Hall on Saturday evening to lend a hand in awarding plaques to winners in each category.
We are always on the lookout for sponsors. . . they have allowed and encouraged us to maintain and improve our marathon events over the last fourteen years. Sponsor contributions help fund winners’ plaques, medals, guest speaker expenses, volunteer shirts, sponsor shirts and plaques, postage, swag bags, freight, hall rental fees, course improvements, course certification fees, safety-oriented supplies, and items needed to stage the Friday and Saturday evening events.
Sponsors contributing a minimum of $250 are listed on the back of participant, sponsor, and volunteer shirts. Bronze Level Sponsors ($250 – $499) also receive a plaque for display, while Silver Level ($500 – $1,499) and Gold Level Sponsors ($1,500 and up) receive a medal-embedded plaque. Silver Level and Gold Level Sponsors have their company logos on the back of all shirts. All sponsors receive race posters for display. Supporters ($50 – $249) likewise receive a poster. All supporters and sponsors receive recognition in the race booklet along with publication in the local chamber’s monthly newsletter and other print/radio ads.
Race sponsor/supporter packets may be requested from Ann James at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the sponsor deadline is March 1, 2014; sponsors invitations go out in three waves: mid-September, January of 2014, and the last call in mid-February of 2014.
Supporters, sponsors, and local businesses are invited to supply an item for inclusion in our swag bags.
Alaska Marine Lines
Tongass Trading Company
B-3 Contractors, Inc.
Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce
Island Air Express
Inter-island Ferry Authority
City of Craig
R&M Engineering-Ketchikan, Inc.
Prince of Wales Health Network
Outer Otter Sportfishing
The Nature Conservancy
Petro Marine Services
Silver Sea Adventures
Southeast Road Builders
Whale Tail Pharmacy
Tyler Rental, Inc.
Silver Bay Seafoods
North Star Group and Veronica Slajer
Black Bear Store
Diversified Investments & Insurance
Log Cabin Sporting Goods
Zat’s Pizza, LLC
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Camo Shop, LLC
Thorne Bay Market
NAPA Service Auto Parts
Salmon Sez Speech & Language Therapy
Best Western Plus Landing
Cleary Computer Services
Craig Bar and Liquor