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Kat to Kat 2020 event a great success


March 12, 2020 | View PDF

I want to send huge thanks and respect to all the Kat to Kat 2020 participants who made the fourth annual event a great success.

Thank you to the 59 racers and six mountain safety men who rolled with the challenging mountain conditions. They climbed to 2,500 feet through whiteout, then descended the same steep slope through powder snow and hard-pack, then charged down the road back to the fairgrounds.

Thank you to the finest businesses in Haines, Whitehorse and Juneau as well as the Southeast Alaska State Fair, that sponsored the race and provide year-round benefits to our communities. Also, thank you to the solid crew of volunteers who sacrificed their chance at glory to make the whole thing possible: Jess Kayser Forster, Courtney Culbeck, Beth Douthit, Rachel Saitzyk, Macky Cassidy, Chad Beibrich, Lizi Wirak, Giselle Miller, Jeff Moskowitz, Graham Kraft, Bart Pieciul, Kevin Forster, Dave Simmons, Chris Downer, Zach Tarleton, Ray Reeves and Andy Hedden.

Haines’ backyard is truly rad, as are the wide variety of people who get up to play in it.

Haines Huts is stoked to continue facilitating fun events like this mountain adventure race as we work to fundraise for our first public use cabin near Mt. Tukgagho. Visit us at if you want to learn more or pitch in!

Lindsay Johnson


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