Sixty-four runners, including many of the most physically fit adults on the Kenai Peninsula, competed in the All But the Red Run as part of Soldotna's Progress Days on July 25 at the Tsalteshi Trails. The event is a triumph of pure sport -- competing to improve oneself and running for the joy of it.
The run was staged by the nonprofit Tsalteshi Trails Association, which operates the trails with no city or borough tax support or gambling revenue. With a modestly appropriate $5 entry fee, T-shirt sales and a new trail membership ($40 per year, www.tsalteshi.org), the event netted over 600 much-needed dollars for trail maintenance and development.
Thanks to race director Tom Seggerman, Laura Pillifant and Sara Hepner, who handled registration, timers Renee Merkes and Jan Yeager, and Kent Petersen, who laid out an interesting course. And thanks to Dairy Queen, who provided a coupon for a free cone to all runners.
A nice run on the trails, good companionship and a delicious ice cream cone, that's true community progress and the Tsalteshi Trails Association was glad to be a part of it.
Tsalteshi Trails Association
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