Juneau, AK (KINY) - A special run will be held at the Perseverance Trail on Saturday in memory of a phenomenal Juneau runner that tragically lost his life during a run.
Race Director Paul DeSloover tells us that the Juneau Trail & Road Runners Ben Blackgoat Memorial Race has been going on for more than 20 years. He explained to us Ben Blackgoat's story and why it's important to keep him in memory.
"Ben was an outstanding runner at Juneau Douglas High School. About 21 years ago he was training in the fall after the season was over. He was running at Perseverance Trail, hit an ice patch, and tragically fell to his death. At that point in time, he was the fastest runner in the state of Alaska."
"He was just overall a really nice guy. The tragedy happened on the day before Thanksgiving, so it was a solemn Thanksgiving for a lot of people in Juneau."
He then explained the details of the race.
"People can register Saturday morning at about 8:15am with the race starting at 9am. You can run either two, four, or seven miles; runners don't have to decide how far they're going to run until they've hit the various turnaround spots and someone there will mark their bibs. If they're feeling great they can go the whole way. If they're not feeling so great, they can run a shorter distance."
The race will start on Saturday June 16th at 9am, while those looking to register should show up a bit earlier. Funds raised and donations accumulated will go to the local cross country teams. Registration for adults over 18 will be ten dollars, while those 18 and younger will only have to pay a dollar. DeSloover invited everyone to come out and enjoy the race, plenty of food and drink, and camaraderie.
The Perseverance Trail will remain open to the public during the race.