Totem Trot -- August 12, 2017 -- Annual Sheldon Museum Fundraiser




The fourth annual Totem Trot, a fundraiser for the Haines Sheldon Museum, had 79 participants. 21 runners and two walkers participated in the ½ marathon from Chilkoot Lake to downtown Haines that passed the town’s 16 totem poles. The start was delayed by 30 minutes as participants watched a mother bear fish for salmon, throwing two fish to the cubs waiting on the shore. “Seeing bears at the start made the race worth it,” said Leo DiSanto, a participant from Millersville, PA. He was the top money raiser, encouraging his friends to support the museum and posting regularly on Facebook for the benefit of his fans. Etta Jones and Amy Griffin made a special trip to Haines just to attend the Totem Trot. They started early, walking the entire half marathon in 4 hours and 14 minutes. They brought friends, who acted as sweep and cheered their progress. Daniel Shier returned from Whitehorse, winning the half marathon with a time of 1:38:49. Eric Buchi, also from Whitehorse, came in second with a time of 1:39:57 and Rustin Goodin was third with a time of 1:39:41.  Moya and Zoe Painter of Whitehorse were the fastest women with a time of 1:52:01.


16 runners, including the Haines School cross country team completed the 5 kilometer course around 12 totem poles inside Haines’ city limits. Four runners were from outside of Haines, including two from Tallahassee, Florida and one from Baltimore, Maryland. George Siyez came in first with a time of 20:50. Kirby Faverty was second with a time of 21:17. Carver Culbeck was third with a time of 22:20. Mackenzy Dryden, with a time of 26:43, was the fastest woman in the 5K. 18 walkers, all but one from Haines, completed the same course in a more leisurely fashion. They had time to stop and talk to the volunteers stationed at each totem pole, and read the descriptions on sandwich boards placed at each pole. 24 local volunteers helped ensure the runners and walkers made it around the course safely.  “It was better than last year,” said Daniel Shier. Everyone raved about the beautiful course and how much fun it was to run it.


Thank you to the sponsors, volunteers and participants who made the fourth annual Totem Trot, a success.


Registration closed now for the 2017 Totem Trot! (See you next year!)

1/2 Marathon and 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser

The annual Totem Trot is a fundraising event for the Haines Sheldon Museum. This fun community run/walk gives an informative tour of the town's totem poles.

We are starting all races one hour later than last year (see schedule page), so that people can come from Skagway on the Fast Ferry, which arrives at 8:45 a.m.  Anyone needing to be picked up from the Fast Ferry dock, please email or call the museum at 907-766-2366.

FRIDAY NIGHT: No pasta dinner. Instead, enjoy the wonderful restaurants in Haines and help support our community.

The big race is SATURDAY!  Staff have been updating signs, getting totem sponsors, and worrying that we are missing some crucial detail. We'll be ready for distillery drinks when this is all done!


WOW! We have 27 people (so far) coming to Haines. They come from:

  • New York City, New York

  • Los Angeles, California

  • Norfolk, Virginia

  • San Anselmo, California

  • Anchorage, Alaska

  • Tallahassee, Florida

  • Rimouski, Quebec

  • And our favorite near neighbors - Whitehorse, Skagway and Juneau


This year's t-shirt is Totem Teal with Yellow printing. We will have a limited number of last year's Totem Red (Maroon) shirts for sale at the registration table. We also have scarves from our second Totem Trot for sale at the registration table.

Keep an eye on this page for updates.

In the meantime, register now!

Any participant who raises $200 or more in sponsorships will have their registration fee waived! 

Create a page for yourself so that your friends and family can sponsor  you...

2017 Totem Trot Sponsors:  State Farm Insurance, Haines Shuttle, Constantine Metal Resources, Ltd., Lynn View Lodge and Rental Cars, The Rusty Compass, Michael Marks and Lorraine Dudzik, The Aspen Hotel, Lea Harris, The Bamboo Room, Lutak Lumber, Klondike Chiropractic, Viking Cove Guest Homes, Haines Home Building, Alaska Power and Telephone, Alaska Seaplanes, Babbling Book, Bear Star Web Design, Haines Real Estate, Dan Henry, First National Bank of Alaska, Richard and Laura Clement.

Thank you for making this a great event!