Summer Traditions Find Way Around Construction

Friday, July 25 2014

Unalaska’s annual half-marathon and Camp Qungaayux are back on track, despite construction in Summer Bay.

Northern Alaska Contractors is building a new bridge over the salmon stream in Summer Bay. It’s closed to the public right now, but workers have put up a temporary footbridge.

The Bobby Johnson Summer Bay Classic is PCR’s half-marathon, and the racecourse is supposed to cross that spot. After weeks of uncertainty, PCR recreation manager Ben Bolock says they got permission Friday to run the race as planned.

"[The contractor] mentioned to us that the temporary bridge would be operational for us, for the Bobby Johnson Summer Bay Classic, and that we’d be able to use it and not have to have an alternate course," Bolock says.

PCR staff plan to meet with Northern Alaska before the race on Aug. 23 to go over logistics for using the footbridge.

Meanwhile, parents, kids and mentors will get to use the bridge for Camp Qungaayux, too. The annual culture camp starts Sunday afternoon at Humpy Cove. Students and teachers will be walking across the temporary footbridge, and taking van shuttles out to the beach.

Children entering fourth grade and up will be learning about traditional Unangan foods, arts and crafts.

And the Qawalangin Tribe invites the community to attend a spaghetti feed fundraiser Saturday night for the camp. It starts at 6 p.m. at the high school.

As for the temporary Summer Bay bridge -- it’s still off-limits to the general public at all other times until work is completed in September.



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