Saturday’s Nifty-Fifty run is slowly starting to fill up with competitors. While the pace of signing up could be directly related to the enormity of the event, with it's grueling up hill climbs on Perseverance and Salmon Creek, the coasting portions of coming back down allow for a bit of replenishing of the energy stores.
Runners should not be alarmed or afraid of the race. Volunteers will be at aid stations with water and Gatorade on each portion and, since each leg is an up-and-back or and out-and-back, encouragement will be passed at least twice on each portion.
The course is divided into three legs, each of which starts and finishes at the end of Basin Road furthest from town according to race director Keith Levy.
Leg one goes from there out Basin Road and back, then up Perseverance Trail, turn right onto Red Mill trail, go up to the Glory Hole overlook, then back down to Red Mill Trail, continue out on Red Mill Trail until it connects with Perseverance Trail, turn right on Perseverance trail to the end, then turn around and come back to Basin Road on Perseverance and return to the start.
Leg 2 goes out Basin Road to the Flume, then through the highlands to Glacier Highway and out Glacier Highway to Salmon Creek Trail. Go up Salmon Creek Trail to the power station then return the way you came.
Leg 3 repeats leg 1.
Legs 1 and 3, Perseverance Trail are 9.75 miles each; Leg 2, Salmon Creek Trail is 11.5 miles. There is a 7.5-hour time limit and runners must be at least 16 years old on race day.
Three runners from out of town have signed up to do the full 50k: Terri Hayes (female) from Florida is 70 years young, John Margerison of Traverse City, MI is 72 and Sarah Deboer of Maple Falls Washington is 30.
Four Juneau runners have also signed up to represent the local endurance racers: Daniel Strong, John Stearns, Jordan Cottingham (25) and Shannon Hasty.
At least 10 relay teams are expected to compete.
The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. Last year 40 runners braved the adventure.
The fee is $6 to pre-register at www.ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=19042 or contact Keith Levy at 586-1427, firstname.lastname@example.org. Runners can also show up and register at the race before 9 a.m. for $8 per person.