It is time to get your running shoes on and participate in the 42nd-annual Tuesday Night Races. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to join in; all you need to have is a good attitude and a good pair of shoes.
Don’t worry if you are not an experienced runner there are different divisions of skill level and different age groups.
There is the Munchkin League, typically for kids, which is a one to two-kilometer race.
Farm League is for the more recreational runners and is run on a course between four and five kilometers. Lightning League is the most advanced league, and is for the competitive runners with a course around six or seven kilometers.
Since it is getting darker earlier these days, the course lengths had to be shortened. At the beginning of the Tuesday Night Race series each course was between two and six kilometers longer than they are now.
The races are a good way to get outside and get some fresh air while we still can. From the size of the races this year, chances are you are bound to meet a person or two.
“The smallest race we had this year was 750 people and the largest race had 1,015 participants,” said Margaret Timmerman, Parks and Recreation coordinator for Tuesday Night Races.
Attendance to the races at this time of year is expected to go down because of the drop in temperature. The costume run on Oct. 27 always brings in a good crowd though, so if you are looking for a place to wear your costume and get a workout in, then Kincaid Park is going to be the place for you.
All of the Tuesday Night Races this year are sponsored by Alaska Regional Hospital. At the end of each race they provide water and treats for all of the participants. Runners that register for the races early will receive a water bottle or a hat that is also provided by Alaska Regional Hospital. With such low racing fees, just $5 per runner, the turnouts to the races have been great this year.
“The philosophy of Tuesday Night Races is to experience the joy of movement. The goal for the Parks and Recreation of Anchorage is to get everybody to participate and get out on the trails,” Timmerman said.
The next upcoming race will take place Oct. 27 at Kincaid Park. This particular race is special because it is the costume run. It is a fun event for the whole family. So bring out your best or scariest costume and run your pumpkins off, or scare the moose off the trail with your scary masks since moose have been know to occasionally hang out by the trails.
The awards ceremony and potluck for the season will be held Nov. 3, so don’t forget to bring a yummy dish to share with others.
To avoid same-day registration craziness, register early at any of the recreation facilities (Fairview Rec. Center, Spenard Rec. Center, Russian Jack Springs Chalet, Kincaid Park Outdoor Center, Mt. View Office, and any of the municipal pools.)
If you can not register early then registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 6:15 p.m. and the race will start at 6:30 p.m..