Readers on the Run 5K

v. VI: October 6, 2013

2012 Readers on the Run 5K

2012 Readers on the Run 5K

The 6th annual Readers on the Run!  This fun 5-kilometer footrace, poetry composition contest, and fundraiser for the John Trigg Ester Library is held every year during Alaska Book Week, on the first or second weekend of October. This year’s sponsors included Beaver Sports, the Blue LoonGoldstream Sports, Rosie Creek Farm, and Taylor’s Gold-n-Stones. Check out photos from last year here!

The race starts and ends at the Ida Lane Clausen Gazebo, opposite the Ester Post Office, looping through west Ester and the Tailings. Contestants are judged on times, poems, and costumes.


Ian Herriot dressed as a gold miner / Felix Pedro was one of our prize winners, and the group prize went to the foxes, including Lauren and her child and Lisa Baraff. Judge “Bribe Me” Corey DiRitigliano literally shone in his gold pants and braid (but he didn’t get a prize).


There were five winners in the poetry contest. Judges included Jonathan Britton, Deirdre Helfferich, Jackie Stormer, and guest judge UAF visiting professor Sean Hill. The winners were:

#1, by runner 3577, Cathy Walker

#2, by runner 257, Kaithryn Ott (a.k.a. the Freudian Slip)

#3,  by runner 116, RJ Stevens (a.k.a. Superman)
inspecting fall
with trees
from four years ago
my love


#4, by runner 119, Darcy Misel

#5, by runner 259, Vanessa Stevens (a.k.a. the Green Lantern)


Race Times


  1. Christie Shell, #121, 31:10
  2. Molly Rettig, #235, 32:00
  3. Vanessa Stevens, #259