Sitkans show off their costumes at the Running of the Boots on Saturday, Sept. 29, under the Crescent Harbor shelter. (Photo by Ed Ronco/KCAW)
Fred Knowles and Ritch Phillips (just out of frame) provided the music for Saturday's event.
Sitka resident Bill Giant ran the Running of the Boots in his own version of Xtratufs, and won. His partner, Tess, painted his legs to look like the familiar rubber boots. Giant has been a barefoot runner for a while, but only on pavement for the last month or so. (Photo by Ed Ronco/KCAW)
Side view: Xtratuf au natural.
Judges Sherrie Mayo, Kiki Norman and Michelle Putz evaluate costumes at the Running of the Boots in Sitka on Sept. 29.
And they're off! Contestants sprint toward downtown during the 2012 Running of the Boots in Sitka.
Participants return to Crescent Harbor to finish the race.
William The Giant won the Running of the Boots and went back out on the course to finish again with his partner, Tess Giant.
Sitka resident Linda Wilson gets a hug from costume judge Michelle Putz upon completing the Running of the Boots. Wilson has lived in Sitka for years, but is always on vacation during the annual event.
Kerry MacLane shows off his boots at the Running of the Boots in Sitka.
Jude Reis has been coming to the Running of the Boots "for years," she says, but this is the first time she's participated. She won an award for being the "most colorful character."
Jude Reis received her boots from a cousin who came to visit.
Jude Reis shows off her wig at the Running of the Boots on Sept. 29 in Sitka. "It's my natural color," she said.