Break-up arrives: Kenai River Ice Classic timer tripped

Break-up hit the Kenai River in Soldotna on Monday evening.

A two-ton block of ice placed on the frozen Kenai River below the Sterling Highway bridge moved far enough downstream to trip a timer at 5:29 p.m., according to a press release from the Soldotna Rotary Club.

The ice block had been lowered into place last month as a test run for a future Kenai River Ice Classic, modeled after the Nenana Ice Classic, a charitable gaming event in which participants try to guess the exact day and time that the ice goes out on the Tanana River.

The Kenai and Soldotna Rotary Clubs teamed with Spenard Builders Supply to put the ice block in place on the Kenai River.

“It was so cool that it all worked out; thanks to a bunch of folks in the community rallying around the idea,” said Kenai Rotary Club president Brendyn Shiflea. “We can already tell that the next one is going to be a big hit with Alaskans.”

— Staff report

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