Last week I returned to Montana from Alaska, where I was spending time with my parents and finalizing the route for P.A.C.E. Trek 2009. That 500-mile route, along with dates, is shown below. You can also see the route online at www.pacetrek.com/route.htm. Essentially, I’m planned the trek so that I will average 31 miles per day for 17 days on the pavement, encountering many of Alaska’s highlights – including Juneau, Valdez, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Denali National Park, the Arctic Circle, glaciers, villages, and much more.
Also, my family is now on Facebook (www.facebook.com) and you can find me by doing a search for my name. Perhaps Facebook will provide me with another means for getting word out about P.A.C.E. and how it is designed to promote youth fitness around the globe. I’ve been getting caught up on several e-mail messages regarding the 2009 Alaska run and if you’ve been waiting for a reply to a message, you should receive it soon! Currently, there is only one school signed up to participate in P.A.C.E. Trek 2009 from the state of Alaska, and that’s a school where one of my sisters teaches at. I’m truly struggling with getting information about P.A.C.E. Trek 2009 out to teachers in Alaska. So, anything that you can do to help with that would be appreciated. Also, I’ll consider giving school presentations during the trek through Alaska as the schedule allows.
Okay… here’s the Alaska route for April 20 through May 12, 2009:
April 20 (Monday) ─ 25 mile Run
Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau to Juneau-Douglas High School via the Capital.
April 21 (Tuesday) ─ No Running
Planning to do school presentations in Juneau.
April 22 (Wednesday) ─ No Running
6-hour ferry ride to Haines, Alaska; then, begin vehicle transport to border.
April 23 (Thursday) ─ No Running
Day of vehicle transport to Alaska/Canada border at Highway 2 location.
April 24 (Friday) ─ 30 mile Run
Alaska/Canada border to Tok, Alaska; then transport to Chistochina.
April 25 (Saturday) ─ 37 mile Run
Chistochina to Glennallen; then transport to Tolsona.
April 26 (Sunday) ─ 37 mile Run
Tolsona to Copper Center; then transport toward Valdez.
April 27 (Monday) ─ 33 mile Run
Final 33 miles of Highway 4 into Valdez (Alaska Pipeline Terminus).
April 28 (Tuesday) ─ No Running
Day of vehicle transport to Eklutna.
April 29 (Wednesday) ─ 13 mile Run
Eklutna to Eagle River and then giving a school presentation.
April 30 (Thursday) ─ 12 mile Run
Eagle River to Anchorage; then transport to Wasilla.
May 1 (Friday) ─ 26 mile Run
Wasilla to Willow.
May 2 (Saturday) ─ 29 mile Run
Willow to Trapper Creek; then transport to Cantwell.
May 3 (Sunday) ─ 30 mile Run
Cantwell to Denali National Park Visitor’s Center.
May 4 (Monday) ─ 35 mile Run
Denali National Park Visitor’s Center to Anderson.
May 5 (Tuesday) ─ 35 mile Run
Anderson to Nenana.
May 6 (Wednesday) ─ 30 mile Run
Nenana to approximately 25 miles from Fairbanks.
May 7 (Thursday) ─ No Running
Day of vehicle transport to milepost 85 of Dalton Highway.
May 8 (Friday) ─ 30 mile Run
Milepost 85 of Dalton Highway to Arctic Circle. (If Weather Allows!)
May 9 (Saturday) ─ No Running
Day of vehicle transport from Arctic Circle to Fox.
May 10 (Sunday) ─ 25 mile Run
Fox to North Pole (and the Santa Claus House!).
May 11 (Monday) ─ 36 mile Run
North Pole to mid-point on way to Delta Junction.
May 12 (Tuesday) ─ 37 mile Run
Finish trek in Delta Junction at Alaska/Canada Highway milepost zero.
Paul J. Staso
P.A.C.E. Trek (Promoting Active Children Everywhere)
P.O. Box 3404, Missoula, Montana 59806
Paul’s Solo P.A.C.E. Running Treks:
─ 2006 P.A.C.E. Run Across America – www.pacerun.com
─ 2008 P.A.C.E. Trek Across Montana – www.pacetrek.com/montana
Paul’s Running/Walking Curriculums:
─ Virtual Trek Across America Curriculum – www.seeusrun.com
─ Virtual Trek Along Route 66 Curriculum – www.kids66.com