35-mile paddle/cycle/run along Southeast Alaska’s Chilkat River

Greetings!

The 1st Annual Chilkat Challenge Triathlon (CCT) was held on July 15th and was hailed as a great time for all involved. Clouds were low but spirits were high, as racers completed the 35-mile course along the Chilkat River by boat, bike, and on foot through one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

1st Place

  • Men – Ross Ellingwood Haines 3:03:01
  • Women – Alisa Beske Haines 3:21:47
  • Team – A’s Ablaze Juneau 3:05:41 (Alisha Falberg, Adam Moser)

2nd Place

  • Men – Dylan Nelson Haines 3:15:02
  • Women – Abigail Myers Skagway 3:46:56
  • Team – SEACC Juneau 3:10:55 (Bryn Fluharty, Dave Alpert)

3rd Place

  • Men – Rustin Gooden S. Carolina 3:33:20
  • Women – Kathleen Froese, Whitehorse 3:48:55
  • Team – Border Buddies Haines/Whitehorse 3:11:17 (Thom Ely, Haley Henderson, Antonia Manolis)

Senior Division

  • 1st Wayne Smyth Whitehorse 3:35:18

We’ve updated the Full Results so all racers can see their split times., and the Steering Committee has already been meeting to plan out next year’s race, which is anticipated to double or triple in size. The 2nd Annual CCT will take place on the July 4th weekend. Please stay tuned to this website to find out the date of the race and the pre-race meeting. Here’s a link to the gallery, and please send us your best photos if you want them added to the page.

We really enjoyed meeting so many of you and hope to see you in Haines again next year.

CCT Steering Committee


The CHILKAT CHALLENGE is an annual, 35-mile paddle/cycle/run along Southeast Alaska’s Chilkat River, through the heart of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Beginning at Mosquito Lake ~30 miles north of Haines, Alaska, paddlers race down the Chilkat River, past the Tlingit Village of Klukwan and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the world’s largest congregation of bald eagles. After an 8-mile paddle (canoe or kayak) racers  swap their boats for bikes and cycle 20 miles alongside the Chilkat River on the Haines Highway. The final leg is a 6–mile run along the Chilkat River from Haines to Letnikof Cove. From Mosquito Lake State Park to Letnikof Cove racers are surrounded by snow-capped mountains and glaciers, giant forests of spruce, hemlock, and cottonwood trees, bald eagles, and maybe even a bull moose or mama grizzly bear!

The CHILKAT CHALLENGE is destined to become one of the world’s great races but it will be more than just fun and a test of skill, strength, and stamina in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. ACWA is sponsoring the CHILKAT CHALLENGE to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the Chilkat River and the fish, eagles, bears, and people of the Chilkat Valley who have depended on the Chilkat River’s wild salmon runs for more than a thousand years.

The CHILKAT CHALLENGE is a great event, for a great cause. Please contact us through this race website if you would like to help sponsor the race with financial support or make a donation of outdoor gear and other prizes. For more information about ACWA’s efforts to protect the Chilkat River, visit our project website at www.acwa-alaska.org.

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