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Runners 'All Shook Up' Over New Mascot At The 2019 Polar Bear Run

The sun made a rare but welcome appearance for the sixty-one participants who ventured out to Front Beach on Sunday, February 24th for the 2019 Polar Bear 5K Run. The race was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, but as the wet and windy weather persisted, the Unalaska Parks, Culture and Recreation team changed the race to occur exactly 24 hours later.

Both human and canine racers began gathering at 1pm on Front Beach Road, and those who were expecting a Clarence the Polar Bear sighting were in for a rocking surprise when Elvis appeared as the race mascot. "Elvis" did not disclose his real identity, but racers couldn’t help but notice that PCR Operations Manager Nick Cron was nowhere to be seen at the event.

Elvis sends the runners on their way at the start of the race.

Seasoned athletes, joggers with dogs, walkers with babies and every combination in between took off down Front Beach Road before taking a quick sip of water turning around past the landfill to complete the race.

Blaine Henning was the first past the finish line with a time of 20:40, and won first place for the teen boys category. Cameron Dean won first place for the adult male category and Melissa Good won first place for the adult female category. Racers can find personal results below. 

After the race, friends, families and finishers basked in the sun and enjoyed Elvis's favorite snack: peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 

A few runners pose for a picture post race.

Thanks to the Unalaska Parks, Culture and Recreation for hosting another fantastic Polar Bear Run!

Chrissy worked as the Arts & Culture Director from 2015 until she moved away from the community in 2019. She now works with us as a consultant, producer, and video editor on special projects.