BENEFITING: LOST LAKE RUN
The Lost Lake Breath of Life Run is a fundraiser for local Alaskans afflicted with cystic fibrosis. The event was started and continues to be managed by family members of people who, every day, are struggling to breathe freely, and all along the course are posted photographs of those who benefit from the race's proceeds. The race, held on August 27 this year, covers about 15.5 miles on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, starting from the Primrose Campground on the shore of Kenai Lake, climbing for miles to the high tundra in the Kenai Mountains, and then descending through a river canyon to the finish at the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department a few miles north of Seward. The race has three main attractions that keep luring me back: 1) the cause is as worthy as a cause can be; 2) the scenery is stunning, unlike anything in Northern California; and 3) so few participants are over 65 that I have a realistic chance of at least placing in my age group (I've requested raising the top age group to 70+).