PUBLISHED: 3:29 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Totem to Totem run held in Ketchikan
Seventy-two runners and walkers hit the pavement Saturday morning, May 12, at Totem Bight in brisk over cast skies for the challenge of the Totem to Totem 13.1 mile run and walk.

Greg Singstad burst the front and never slowed down. Karen Lane took the lead for the women.

What would a race be with out a little excited and challenges such a lose shoe, a tight hamstring, or just the good old side cramp? Whatever, it might have been every single person who started finished their portion with a big grin.

There was a wide range of teams who took part in the relay walk and run portion. Ketchikan General Hospital, Curves, KTKN/KGTW Radio, Boy and Cub Scouts, the Coast Guard, and Annette Island Road Project staff joined in the challenge.

Beck Crabtree and Robin Goranier from You Take The CupCake dropped off gourmet cupcakes for all the runners and walkers. There were prizes and lots of stories to share at the end.

The Ketchikan Running Club and the ADA of Alaska's Pennock Swim Challenge conducts Annual fundraising campaigns to raise awareness of the local diabetes educational programs in Ketchikan.

The goal of the Totem to Totem Run is to help with the efforts to purchase anodyne therapy machines for the treatment of neuropathy in diabetic patients and diabetes education for children at Ketchikan General Hospital Diabetes Program. Recently, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles donated $5,000 toward this effort. There is still an additional $21,000 needed for the purchase of this equipment. The Ketchikan Running Club's Totem to Totem Run and Walk will be pitching in towards this effort.

Any matching donations would be greatly appreciated at the Diabetes program at the KGH.

Bernie Hendrick, a Type II diabetic and local runner, credits running the last six years to enabling him to keep his glucose levels in place without medication.

Due to a recent injury Hendrick sat out the Totem to Totem run this year, but he was instrumental in volunteering throughout the event on Saturday.