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Troth Yeddha' Snowshoe Scramble slated March 1

Supporters of the Troth Yeddha' Legacy Park are turning to a traditional Alaska pastime — snowshoeing — to help raise awareness for a park that celebrates Alaska Native culture.

The second annual Troth Yeddha’ Park Snowshoe Scramble will start at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 1. The race will be held in the park, located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus between the Reichardt Building and the UA Museum of the North. Participants will scramble for prizes in the snow after snowshoeing a quarter-mile loop around the park.

Scramblers must register inside the Reichardt Building beginning at 10 a.m. to sign release waivers. The event is free to university students with a UA ID; registration for all others is $20, a donation to the park initiative that also covers hot chocolate.

All proceeds go to support the Troth Yeddha’ Legacy initiative, which is raising money to develop the park and an indigenous studies center as a living, lasting tribute to Alaska’s first peoples and a welcoming place for all.

Centuries before it became home to an institution of higher learning, the ridge that now is UAF's home was a known as Troth Yeddha' by the Lower Tanana Athabascans. Translated into English, Troth Yeddha' means “Wild Potato Ridge.”

The race coincides with the last day of the 41st Annual Festival of Native Arts, also held at UAF.

The Snowshoe Scramble is a Running Club North event. For more information, contact Pete Pinney at pppinney@alaska.edu or at 907-474-7089.

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