Two hairy runs are coming to the capital city this weekend and next.
Mendenhall River Community School is hosting the “Mustache Dash” Saturday at the covered area behind the school. Runners will be given sticky mustaches (while supplies last) to adorn their faces with while they run.
The 1-mile and 5-kilometer races begin at 9 a.m. and cost $10 for adults and $1 for kids. Pre-registration is available at The Alaska Club, Pavitt Health &Fitness, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter and MRCS.
The race is sanctioned by the Juneau Trail and Road Runners and will count toward the NAO Cup standings.
The Gastineau Humane Society hosts its fourth annual “Run Fur Fun” 1-mile and 5K race the following Saturday (April 21) at the Mendenhall Campground next to Skater’s Cabin. It’s the only race of the year in which participants are encouraged to bring along their (leashed) four-legged companions.
“Dogs, just like people, benefit from exercise,” said Samantha Blankenship, the executive director of the Gastineau Humane Society. “It not only helps their bodies, it helps their mind and their spirit too, so it’s a fun way to bond with your animal and other animal lovers in the community.”
The races were attended by close to 200 participants last year, Blankenship said. The registration fees — $20 for adults and $5 for children — go toward helping GHS take care of its shelter animals.
“It helps us take better care of them until we can find them a forever home,” Blankenship said.
The Alaskan Brewing Company will be handing out beer samples after the event for humans 21 and over.
The race is also sanctioned by the Juneau Trail and Road Runners and will count toward the NAO Cup standings.