The whale at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park will be the starting point of a 5K or 1 mile race benefitting the Eldred Rock Lighthouse. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The whale at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park will be the starting point of a 5K or 1 mile race benefitting the Eldred Rock Lighthouse. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Run will benefit historic lighthouse

Get ready for a light run.

Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run starts after sunset Saturday and benefits the Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association. It is one of two such races planned in 2019. The other will be the summer Foghorn Race.

The lighthouse is in northern Lynn Canal and was built in 1905 and placed into service in 1906. The association’s goal is to obtain a lease to the lighthouse property, restore the building and create a visitor’s center and maritime museum.

The race begins at about 3:30 p.m. at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park near the whale statue and follows a lit boardwalk path downtown. Participants are encouraged to bring lights and ice cleats if necessary. A high of 22 degrees and a low of 9 degrees are forecasted for Saturday, according to The Weather Channel’s website. No precipitation is expected.

Registration is $20 the day of the race, or $10 for students. Children younger than 5 can participate for free.

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