Before the Juneau parade on the Fourth of July, the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team will host the Glenn Frick Memorial Mile. The race, resurrected for its third year by the JDHS team, begins at the Juneau Racquet Club/Alaska Club parking lot and follows the parade route.
Registration is 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. while the race begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. The event is a fundraiser for the cross country team, with a pay-as-you-can cost and a suggested donation of 10 dollars.
The race has its roots in the early 90s when Frick, a local distance and ridge running guru, would direct the race from his pickup truck. Participants would throw their donation in his truck bed and follow behind Frick, who would strap a large display clock on his truck.
Frick passed away in 2014. JDHS cross country co-coach Tristan Knutson-Lombardo said Frick was known as a “trickster, mountain goat and all-around prankster.” Co-coach Merry Ellefson said Glenn was a “super mentor to so many of us in Juneau in many ways.