Kick some asphalt
First annual charity event comes to town
Even couch potatoes have no excuse for skipping an inaugural 5-kilometer run planned for June 13 in Eagle River.
“If you don’t want to run you can walk, if you don’t want to walk you can shop,” said Linda Miller, fundraising coordinator for the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.
Miller has been planning the event — “Kickin’ Asphalt in Eagle River” — since last winter. The race came about after Miller organized a fundraising walk last year in downtown.
“A lot of people when I went around town were like, ‘Can we run it?’” she said of the charity walk.
Miller decided it was time to get up and running, and the event was born.
“I though, let’s just do a run,” she said.
The race begins at 6:30 p.m. at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. Registration is $25 or families for $50. Miller said the course will begin near the Harry McDonald Center, go around Fire Lake, and finish back at the center.
“It’s going to make for a very nice run,” she said.
If people don’t want to run in the race, she said, the Mac will be open for walkers who still want to participate. Also, she said vendors will be set up outside the recreation center offering food, crafts and entertainment.
“It’s going to be an event,” Miller said.
The fundraising event actually began Tuesday, June 4, with a kick-off comedy show at Garcia’s Cantina in Eagle River. Miller said she wanted to have multiple events as part of the race in order to make it a bigger community happening.
“I thought if I can put ‘em together and have them compliment each other, it might make it easier for the community to remember,” she said.
ller said the race itself offers a challenge for serious runners and novices alike because of its scenic, undulating course.
“It’s a little big challenging because it’s got some hills, a lot of ups and downs,” she said.
People can sign up online at kickinasphalt.eventbrite.com.
Miller said such a big event couldn’t happen without the help of sponsors — such as Janssen Evergreen Eagle River Funeral Home and BP — as well as volunteer groups like the Chugiak High NJROTC, who will present the colors.
“They are so supportive of us,” she said. “It’s so cool to have the young people taking care of the seniors.”
Volunteers are still needed for the event. Miller said some seniors plan to participate in wheelchairs inside the Mac, and folks are needed to help push them around the center’s track. For more information or to volunteer, call Miller at 688-2633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Miller said she’s also looking for someone to sing the national anthem.
Following the race there will be an outdoor barbecue for participants, which Miller said will be a great way to end what she’s hoping becomes an annual tradition.
“It’s going to be awesome,” she said.
Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727.