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Posted: October 27, 2013 - 7:35pm  |  Updated: October 27, 2013 - 7:43pm
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Carmen Stephl and Kenai, a canine friend owned by Sadie Fox, get ready to brave the Tsaltshi Trails in the pelting rain.
Carmen Stephl and Kenai, a canine friend owned by Sadie Fox, get ready to brave the Tsaltshi Trails in the pelting rain.

The third annual Tsalteshi Trails Association Spook Night Trick or Treat and Zombie 5k Fundraiser run was held in the pouring rain Sunday evening.

Children, adults and dogs were all dressed in costume at the registration held at the Tsalteshi Trail head behind Skyview High School.

The association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Nordic skiing as a healthy individual and family activity. The trails, located just south of Soldotna, have more than 11 miles of paths groomed for cross country skiing in the winter and open for hikers, runners, mountain bikers and leashed dogs when there is no snow.

Carly Reimer, TTA Secretary, said unlike Sunday, the two past events were not plagued with rain.

“Both years were clear and cold,” she said.

But this year, participants held umbrellas, dressed in rain slickers and registered under a tent.

Dogs in bumblebee costumes, little girls in princess attire and adults dressed as extras for “The Walking Dead” did not seem to mind the precipitation when it came to enjoying a community event.

Reimer said the events began with a costume contest, and then the Trick or Treat trail, a one kilometer loop, was opened to the kids. At sixteen stations along the trail, kids collected candy and played games. Games included Frisbee golf, archery and basketball.

During online registration, Reimer said 50 kids were signed up for the event. Eight adults signed up online for the Zombie 5K run; yet at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the Zombie 5K registration had doubled.

Reimer said the event is a way for families to enjoy the trails.

“I have been really happy with the turn out the past couple of years,” she said. “It is a fun community event.”

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