Girls on the Run to close out season with beach-themed 5K community fun run on May 13

 
The Sitka Girls On The Run program will host celebrate the end of its ninth season with a beach/Hawaiian themed five-kilometer run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 13, with the start-finish line at the Crescent Harbor covered shelter. The fun run and ceremony will honor the girls, who have been training all spring at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

This is a family friendly event, and tutus and bright colors are encouraged, but not required. Volunteers and cheerleaders also are needed so they can make the event extra special for our participants. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Volunteer — There are quite a few volunteer positions available, some of which also allow volunteers to run in the event (all allow volunteers to be cheerleaders). Volunteer time requirements vary by assignment. Please register at http://tinyurl.com/GOTR5K2017. Please contact Lauren Havens at lhavens@safv.org or 747-3489 with any questions.
  • Cheerleader — Position yourself along the course between 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. to cheer the girls on as they run. The run starts at the Crescent Harbor covered shelter, runs along the Sitka Sea Walk and through the Sitka National Historical Park’s Totem Trails and back, so there are plenty of places to cheer people on. Bring a sign and bright colors and a positive attitude.

Girls On The Run is a life-changing empowerment program for girls in third through fifth grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory five-kilometer (3.1-mile) running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The 12-week program is one of several in the region. GOTR of Greater Alaska operates Girls On The Run programs in Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Yakutat, along with similar programs in other Alaska communities. Check out what the program is all about. Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) hosts the GOTR program in Sitka.

Please help spread the word and encourage family members and friends to make the 2017 5K Community Fun Run a success.

Mosquito Cove Trail to be closed for trail maintenance on July 21

Mosquito Cove Trail photo by Matt Goff of SitkaTrails.org

Mosquito Cove Trail (photo by Matt Goff of SitkaTrails.org)

SitkaTrailWorksLogoThe Old Sitka State Historical Interpretive site parking lot and the Mosquito Cove Trail will be closed Thursday, July 21, so that Sitka Trail Works can helicopter transport gravel for a trail maintenance project.

Additional trail maintenance work is scheduled later this summer and is being funded by a Recreational Trail grant. Sitka Trail Works apologizes for any inconvenience.

For questions, please call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.

KCAW-Raven Radio to host Only Fools Run At Midnight on June 25

 

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Mark your calendars! Sitka’s wildest running event, the 13th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight, is coming up at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Sitka Fire Hall. KCAW-Raven Radio is delighted to bring you this costume-clad evening full of family fun and prizes.

Registration is open at kcaw.org and the entry fee is $20. Prizes awarded for fastest finishers, best costumes, and wackiest centipede (five or more people attached in some form or fashion). Creativity is encouraged.

We’ll have t-shirts for the first 175 to register, and lots of entertainment and fun to keep folks wide awake for the midnight run.

For questions and more information, visit www.kcaw.org or contact 747-5877 or send email to foolsrun@kcaw.org.

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Walking and winning in the Park Prescriptions program at Sitka National Historical Park

Sitka National Historical Park Ranger Ryan Carpenter, left, congratulates Andy Bone after Andy won a $25 prize in the Active April Park Prescriptions drawing on June 4 at the park. (Photo by Sharon McIndoo)

Sitka National Historical Park Ranger Ryan Carpenter, left, congratulates Andy Bone after Andy won a $25 prize in the Active April Park Prescriptions drawing on June 4 at the park. (Photo by Sharon McIndoo)

ParkPrescriptionsPad_Page_1When Andy Bone’s friends ask him what he wants to do, often times he response is “let’s go for a walk in the park.” Earlier this summer, Andy’s passion for walking and love for the park paid off as with a $25 prize in the Active April Park Prescriptions drawing on National Trails Day, June 4, at Sitka National Historical Park.

Andy and five other members of the community won a variety of prizes for walking, running and recreating within the park. Prizes included $100, $50 and $25 dollars provided by the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation. The Sitka Community Hospital Foundation also distributed gift certificates donated by Russell’s and Work and Rugged Gear.

ParkPrescriptionsPad_Page_2Clara Rear, who won $100, said she finds the Park Prescriptions program a “fun opportunity to go walking with kids.”

For Diane Larsen, who won $50, “It’s fun to walk with ladies from church. And I appreciate the opportunity to get out and walk.”

Vienna Vaden won a gift certificate from Work and Rugged Gear. She said, “What I love about the Park Prescriptions program is that I can walk with my mom one day, walk with a church friend one day and walk with my daughter the next day. The park staff allows flexibility in the times we walk so I don’t have to commit to 6 am or 8 at night. … My mother played in the park as a child. I played in the park as a child, and now I play and walk with my children.”

“Just get out and walk. It’s worth it,” said Sandy Griffith, who won a gift certificate from Russell’s.

To participate in the program and to be eligible to win during the next quarterly drawing, stop by Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center to pick up a Park Prescriptions card. Then get the card stamped by a park employee whenever you walk the park’s trails.

For more information about the program, contact Ryan Carpenter at 747-0121 or ryan_p_carpenter@nps.gov.

Sitka Trail Works to host Sea Lion Cove hike June 11 on Kruzof Island

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SitkaTrailWorksLogoReady for a day at the beach? Sitka Trail Works is offering a trip to hike the 2.5-mile trail to the beach at Sea Lion Cove on outer Kruzof Island on Saturday, June 11. The Allen Marine Tours catamaran will leave Crescent Harbor dock at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and will return at 5:30 p.m. The 45-minute boat ride to the trailhead at Kalinin Bay is through the protected waters of Olga Strait and Salisbury Sound.

If you are looking for a day-hike that packs the most diversity for your effort, the Sea Lion Cove trail is a must. Muskeg, mountains, forest, rushing streams, a lake, estuary and a sandy beach, Sea Lion Cove trail has it all. Littered with driftwood and brilliantly colored seaweeds and shells, hikers spend hours combing the sand for treasures.

Although finding transportation to Sitka’s brilliant neighbor — Kruzof Island — can sometimes be difficult to access, Sitka Trail Works offers transportation and company once a year on this guided hike. The trip is a great way to meet new people with similar interests, enjoy a diversity of habitats, and bring home a few beauties for the beach combing collection.

This trip is part of Sitka Trail Works’ calendar of annual guided hikes which promote trails and get hikers out to enjoy Sitka’s amazing trail system. Find the calendar at sitkatrailworks.org. Guided hikes are important fundraisers for the organization, too.

Call Sitka Trail Works soon, 747-7244 to sign up and purchase your $100 ticket, which includes a Sitka Trail Works membership. The hike sells out quickly.

Use Park Prescriptions hikes of Sitka National Historical Park for an Active April

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Several local groups are using the Park Prescriptions program to promote an Active April with hikes of the Sitka National Historical Park. If you take the challenge, you can win prizes by hiking the park trails during April.

Park Prescriptions is an award-winning program started in 2011 where local health providers tell you to go take a hike, and then write it up as a prescription. By taking your Park Prescriptions with you and getting it stamped when you hike the totem trails at Sitka National Historical Park, you can become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including cash from the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation and merchandise from local merchants. Just turn in your Park Prescriptions RX card by April 30 after completing some hikes of the park.

The Active April Challenge is hosted by the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation, Sitka Community Hospital, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), and the Sitka National Historical Park. Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by hiking the park.

Click this link to hear Ryan Carpenter of the Sitka National Historical Park, Doug Osborne of Sitka Community Hospital, and Lauren Hughey of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) discussing the new Active April Challenge during a recent Morning Interview on KCAW-Raven Radio.

Never mind the weather, Winter Walk Day is Wednesday, Feb. 3

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In recent years many people have heard and/or participated in International Walk To School Day in early October. But did you know there’s a Winter Walk Day on Wednesday, Feb. 3?

Winter Walk Day was started in Canada, and is celebrated by school children, office-workers, families and community groups. While there is no national Winter Walk To School Day in the United States (yet), in recent years events have spread to Vermont, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine and other cold-weather states, and some parts of Wisconsin dedicated the entire month of February as Winter Walk To School Month. The main focus is to get people up and moving, preferably outdoors, so they stay healthier. The goal is to go for a walk lasting at least 15 minutes.

(FYI, for those students who prefer to bike to school, your day is coming later in February. This year marks the first International Winter Bike To School Day on Friday, Feb. 12, which is the same day as International Winter Bike To Work Day. Watch for details on Sitka events soon at our Sitka Cycling website.)

List of walking benefits from KidSport Alberta

List of walking benefits from KidSport Alberta

Living in Alaska, it’s easy to hibernate indoors when the weather turns cold. But staying inside and not exercising can hurt your health. That’s why many Alaskans say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.” If we let bad weather keep us from doing things we’d never get anything done.

So how can people in Sitka celebrate Winter Walk Day on Feb. 3? Parents can walk their kids to school (if you don’t live near your children’s school you can drive to about a mile away from the school and walk from there). Other options are to go for a family walk after dinner, go hike one of Sitka’s trails, or get out and take a lunchtime walk. Just put one foot in front of the other and repeat as often as you can.

For those of you who worry about it might get cold, here are some tips for cold-weather walking:

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots (in Sitka, you might need a pair of ice cleats on icy days)
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind (in Sitka, make sure it’s waterproof due to our frequent rain)
  • Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat (avoid cotton)
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen (check with the SEARHC or Sitka Community Hospital injury prevention departments for info about free reflective tape)
  • If possible, change wet clothes at school – tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks
  • Below -25oC (-9ºF) is considered too cold for walking so move your walk indoors or select another day for outdoor activities or walking to school