No one fights alone: Klas Stolpe dedicates Klondike solo ultra to his brother Jim


October 5, 2023

Tom Thompson

Former PHS cross country coach Klas Stolpe runs the solo ultra 44 mile stretch of the 2023 Klondike Road Relay. He named his team No one fights alone, to honor his brother, Petersburg Volunteer Fire Chief Jim Stolpe in his fight again cancer. Klas took first place in the September race, accompanied by Tom Thompson in driving his support vehicle.

In his days coaching the Petersburg High School cross country team, Klas Stolpe often urged the team to do another lap on the track or up the water tower hill, running every mile with the team, and sometimes running backwards to face his runners and yelling, "You guys are doing great, let's do one more." If a runner had any glimmer of energy left in them, coach Klas saw it and urged it out.

Recently, Klas Stolpe ran 44 miles to bring awareness to prostate cancer, which his brother Jim has been struggling with since 2006. As part of the Klondike Road Relay from Skagway to Whitehorse, Klas ha...

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