Runners leave Mayor Bill Overstreet Park for the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)

Runners leave Mayor Bill Overstreet Park for the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)

Running for historic lighthouse’s repair

Run 4 Rock 5K supports lighthouse group’s efforts

Headlamps came in handy during a darkened community run along the Juneau Seawalk on Saturday afternoon.

That was race organizer Sue York’s plan all along.

Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run started a half hour after sunset and gave a nod those who kept a different kind of lamp — Eldred Rock Lighthouse — shining for much of the 20th century. The Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association sponsored the run. Since 2014, the nonprofit has been working to shape up its 113-year old namesake, and it’s not going to be an easy job.

“We all pass the lighthouse on the ferry, and it looks beautiful from a distance, but it’s actually in really bad shape,” York, the executive director of the lighthouse association, said. “So our association is in the process of gaining a lease from the United States Coast Guard. Once we get that lease signed, we will be going out there with work parties and a lot of volunteers and restoring it so that it’s safe for the public.”

The event attracted over 70 participants. Ellie Cullum won the 1-mile run in 11 minutes, 58 seconds, and Hiram Henry took the 5K with a 19:34.

“The weather being clear was a huge reason I think we had a good turnout,” York said. “Even though it was cold, the boardwalk was nice and crunchy instead of icy.”

Another run, dubbed the Foghorn Race, is slated for April 20. Foghorns were used to ward off ships from hitting the rock.

Eldred Rock Lighthouse was staffed for over 60 years, from 1906-1973, according to an online blog. The lighthouse is located on the northern end of Lynn Canal, about 20 miles southeast of Haines. To learn more about Eldred Rock Lighthouse or to join the ERLPA, go to eldredrocklighthouse.org.

Run 4 the Rock Results

1 Mile Results — 1, Ellie Cullum, 11 minutes, 58 seconds. 2, Melissa Cullum, 12:02. 2, Izzy Cullum, 12:02. 4, Indiana Strong, 16:33. 5, Dan Strong, 16:34. 6, Kieran Tungsip, 17:18. 7, Angelica Tungsip, 17:27. 8, James Dorn, 19:09. 8, Justin Dorn, 19:09.

5K Results — 1, Hiram Henry, 19 minutes, 34 seconds. 2, Jim Ustasiewski, 20:30. 3, John Bursell, 20:31. 4, Collin Wigfield-Gorvin, 20:56. 5, Justin Jones, 21:15. 6, David Phillips, 21:43. 7, Skylar Tuckwood, 22:00. 8, Katie McKenna, 22:01. 9, Brian McTague, 22:27. 10, Houston Laws, 22:36. 11, Eliza Dorn, 24:00. 11, JJ Hinderberger, 24:00. 12, Eric Carter, 24:01. 13, Gus Marx, 24:30. 14, Cindy Tuckwood, 24:38. 15, Owen Woodruff, 25:08. 16, Jim Andreas, 25:09. 17, Christina Kolden, 25:10. 18, Barbara Thurston, 25:11. 19, Meredith Gillman, 25:37. 20, Robert Vicario, 25:51. 21, Erin Smith, 26:36. 22, John Kennon Kirk, 26:40. 23, Alicia Petershoare, 27:10. 24, Alida Bus, 27:11. 25, Breanna O’Farrell, 27:14. 26, Lucrecia Mervine, 27:20. 27, Jennifer Thorsteinson, 27:22. 28, Kim Campbell, 28:43. 29, Jamie Bursell, 28:44. 30, Andrew Erickson, 28:49. 31, Ayla Erickson, 28:51. 32, Jared Erickson, 28:53. 33, Jasmine James, 28:53. 34, Nick Hatch, 29:01. 35, Bradelle Padon, 29:02. 36, Kristin McTague, 29:22. 37, Maren Haavig, 29:28. 38, Mark Neidhold, 29:30. 39, Annika Schwartz, 29:51. 40, Lindsay McTague, 29:52. 41, Heather Parker, 29:57. 42, Joann Rieselbach, 30:00. 43, Jeff Gnass, 30:08. 44, Alberta Laktonen, 30:17. 45, Kevin Enloe, 31:12. 46, Tamala Booton, 33:11. 47, Ariana Duskin, 33:37. 48, Ariane Goins, 33:37. 49, Stephanie Kohlhase, 33:41. 50, Heidi Hamilton, 34:29. 51, Ryia Waldern, 34:30. 52, Karlme Wiebold, 35:12. 53, Mindi Shoemaker, 35:49. 54, Sue Mason, 35:50. 55, Theresa Miller, 35:51. 56, Manna Boudreaux, 36:02. 57, Heather Powell, 36:35. 58, Kalila Arreola, 30:14. 59, Danielle Arreola, 40:26. 60, Ed Johns, 42:28. 61, Linda Kruger, 48:24. 62, Jenny Smith, 52:51. 63, Tess Lee, 53:40. 64, Bianggle Remedios, 53:40.


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Runners line up at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park for the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)

Runners line up at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park for the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)

Runners line up at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park for the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)

Runners line up at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park for the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)

A runner travels along the Juneau Seawalk during the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)

A runner travels along the Juneau Seawalk during the Run 4 the Rock 5K and One Mile run on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew York)