Click through the slideshow above to see scenes from the 2015 Alpine Adventure Run.
Seventy-five runners braved a wet Sitka morning on Saturday (7-18-15) for the 22nd annual Alpine Adventure Run.
The seven-mile course takes runners up 2,000 feet from sea level to the Gavan Hill ridge, and then to Harbor Mountain Road.
Sitka’s Sam Scotchmer won the race for the sixth straight year. At 1:06:34, he was four minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, Jed DeLong.
Compared with past years, he said, the 2015 race was a little mellower.
“A little lower key, a little muddier, not any competition from out of town,” Scotchmer said. “It was a nice day, though.”
Emily Clark of Sitka won the women’s race, crossing the finish line at 1:26:04. She was followed less than a minute later by Ketchikan’s Tansy Brown.
Clark called it a “wet and wild” race, and said it’s always fun — and always a little more painful than she remembers. Clark has also won the race before. But, she said, it’s not the winning that brings her back.
“It just feels good to cross the finish line, no matter what place you’re coming in,” Clark said. “Front of the pack, back of the pack, you have the same pain, same glory when you cross the line.”
You can find a full list of the runners and their times here.