Organizers of the Mount Roberts Tram Run are expecting a fast and muddy race Saturday. Recent work on the trail has replaced some of the switchbacks with shorter, steeper sections of Mount Roberts Trail, and the shortened course could result in record times.
The race is held later in the year, also. August rains have made for a muddy path up the mountain, said Dirk Miller, co-race director.
“I’m looking for a slippery and speedy run on Saturday,” he said.
The course is a grueling 3.5 miles up Mount Roberts. Runners pass the the upper tram building and finish at the Father Brown’s Cross. Finishers get a free ride down on the tram.
The Southeast Road Runner’s race is sponsored by the Mount Roberts Tramway. The annual run up Mount Roberts begins at the lower Tram Station at 490 S. Franklin St. Check-in will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the station. The race costs $5 to register in advance at the downtown and valley Alaska Clubs, the Nugget Outfitter or Foggy Mountain Shop. Registration on the day of the race costs $8.
Runners start at the South Franklin tram parking area and head up Franklin Street to Basin Road and the new Mount Roberts trail head. From there, the racers proceed up the trail to Father Brown’s cross, which overlooks town 2,500 feet above sea level. The popular mountain run gets underway at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The tram donates day tickets for runners entered in the race. The tickets can be used anytime during the 2011 tram season. Runners also get a free ride down the tram after finishing. For information, contact: Paul Dick at 586-3469 or Dirk Miller at 463-6751.