Annual race series launches this month
The annual Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night races have become a much-anticipated tradition in Anchorage. From easy 5Ks on flat golf course trails to challenging 10Ks that wind through steep Kincaid singletrack, these weekly, family-friendly events are designed to keep people active and offer motivation in the waning daylight hours that come with autumn.
This month, the Anchorage Parks and Recreation’s Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series kick off with its first race on Sept. 6 and races are held each Tuesday night through Nov. 1. The weekly races include divisions for youngsters, recreational runners and racers. This fall family tradition continues with fun race courses both flat and hilly, challenging and entertaining (Don’t be a party pooper like me; come dressed up for the Oct. 25, Halloween race).
“We’re working on the single race registration – every year is an adventure,” said the muni’s Margaret Timmerman, longtime coordinator of the races, which are named in honor of Bonny Sosa, a local health advocate who encouraged young and old alike to stay active.
The Munchkin and Farm Leagues, designed for kids and recreational runners, tend to stay on well-lit, marked trails. The Lightning League, designed for those who want a PR, can follow game trails, cross streams and even slog through swamps. Timmerman said there’s also an untimed option for those who just want to come out for some fresh air and forget about the competitive side of the event.
Come prepared for fun – and an affordable price tag. The races cost just $2 for children and $7 for adults if you register online, or $4 and $12 respectively, if you register onsite. Family race entries are $20. Season passes are $35 for adults or $70 for families. Kids race anywhere from 1 to 3 kilometers, while Farm League racers will race 3-10K, and Lightning Leaguers will go 4-12K.
Register online at www.muni.org/Active. Online registration closes at 6 p.m. the day of the event. Check in begins at 5:30 and races begin at 6:30.
BONNY SOSA TUESDAY NIGHT RACES
Sept. 6: Kincaid Park
Sept. 13: Kincaid Park
Sept. 20: TBA
Sept. 27: Service High
Oct. 4: East High
Oct. 11: Service High
Oct. 18: Service High
Oct. 25: Kincaid Park Costume Run. Come out wearing your Halloween costumes.
Nov. 1: Kincaid Outdoor Center, awards celebration banquet and dessert potluck. Pizza provided.
— Melissa DeVaughn