Brian Murphy descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Brian Murphy descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Photos: Juneau Ridge Race

A mud and sweat affair.

Check out these photos from the Juneau Ridge Race, a 15-mile mountain running race to the top of Mount Juneau and along the Juneau Ridge.


• Contact sports reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or nainsworth@juneauempire.com. Follow Empire Sports on Twitter at @akempiresports.


Franz Mueter, left and Alex Andrews lead a group of runners up Basin Road at the start of the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Franz Mueter, left and Alex Andrews lead a group of runners up Basin Road at the start of the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

A group of runners head up Perseverance Trail at the start of the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

A group of runners head up Perseverance Trail at the start of the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Ed Hand, left, and Ray Imel descends from Mount Juneau along Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Ed Hand, left, and Ray Imel descends from Mount Juneau along Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Sean Reilly descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Sean Reilly descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Justin Fantasia descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Justin Fantasia descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Allan Spangler runs across Gold Creek on Perseverance Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race at Cope Park on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Allan Spangler runs across Gold Creek on Perseverance Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race at Cope Park on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Thor Lindstrom descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. Lindstrom placed fourth overall with a time of 2:58:57. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Thor Lindstrom descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. Lindstrom placed fourth overall with a time of 2:58:57. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Rachel Phelps descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain, including around 20 women. Phelps was the top women’s finisher with her time of 3:01:40. Emma Hatcher placed second and Naomi Staley placed third for women. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Rachel Phelps descends from Mount Juneau along the Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain, including around 20 women. Phelps was the top women’s finisher with her time of 3:01:40. Emma Hatcher placed second and Naomi Staley placed third for women. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Franz Mueter descends from Mount Juneau along Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Franz Mueter descends from Mount Juneau along Granite Creek Trail while competing in the Juneau Ridge Race on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Mike Allen, left, and Kimberly Campbell congratulate one another after crossing the finish line of the Juneau Ridge Race at Cope Park on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Mike Allen, left, and Kimberly Campbell congratulate one another after crossing the finish line of the Juneau Ridge Race at Cope Park on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Barbara Baysinger completes the Juneau Ridge Race at Cope Park on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain, including around 20 women. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Barbara Baysinger completes the Juneau Ridge Race at Cope Park on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Over 60 runners participated in the 15-mile mountain running race that featured approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain, including around 20 women. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)