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By Dan Rudy 

Runners mark Alaska Day, raise cash for cancer


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Sixty-five runners take off Saturday morning, embarking on the Alaska Day 5K and Half-Marathon organized by Wrangell's Southeast Beasts. Demonstrating resilience despite all weather, the group also raises money to support charitable organizations. This race raised $2,000 for the local hospital's cancer care fund.

There was a good turnout for the Southeast Beasts' first-ever Alaska Day five-kilometer fun run and half-marathon Saturday morning, with around 65 participants.

It was an almost perfect Alaska morning, with swiftly drifting clouds a creamy hue, a pair of ravens chasing after each other overhead, and not a drop of rain to be seen. Runners lining up at the starting line shuddered slightly as they were reminded of the season by a hearty gust.

They seemed relieved when the air-horn finally sounded, cueing them to proceed.

"We were going to try to have a shotgun start this morning, but we couldn...

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