On Saturday, April 25th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tok Trot 10K event was held “virtually” and attracted participants from seven states and three countries. A total of 53 single entries and two full family entries completed a 10K on a course of their choice and observed social distancing protocols. A total of one runner ran the actual course.
This legendary event was created in 1980 and annually hosted every year since by Paul and Nancy Kelley. The race normally begins and ends at the Tok Visitors’ Center, in Tok, Alaska, and runs 3.1 miles straight out and 3.1 miles back on the Alaska Highway. There is a $1 non-entry fee. After the race, the Kelleys and friends put on one of the best picnics imaginable!
You can see the 2020 results here.
There is somewhat of a cult following for the Tok Trot, and over the years folks have driven from Fairbanks and beyond to participate. Given the current situation, the word spread that the event would be held virtually, and the turnout was awesome. However, per Paul, “for me the most special ‘virtual’ moment for the Trot was many years ago when a former Tokite was stationed in Baghdad during the conflict there. She talked some of her fellow soldiers into running the Trot in the Green Zone of Baghdad…this was before I even knew what “virtual” running was….”
Meanwhile, if we follow the recommendations for social separation and other guidelines, we can keep running and ultimately beat the virus. Be safe!