Alyeska’s Second Annual Tram-to-Tram Fun Run raises money for Project Winner Creek Bridge
September 22, 2011 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Alyeska hosted the second annual Tram-to-Tram Fun Run on Sunday, September 18 on the Winner Creek Trail. 59 runners from Southcentral Alaska participated in the five mile run, which was also a fund raiser for the Winner Creek Bridge Project.
“Alyeska is very excited about this years turn out,” says race organizer Jennifer Davies, “This is about five times as many runners as we had at the 2010 event.”
Runners gathered at the Alyeska Aerial Tram base for the 3:00 P.M. race start. The course took participants two and a half miles out to the hand tram where they made the turn around for the return trip to the Hotel Alyeska. Participants were encouraged to run, jog or walk the entire distance and all 59 participants finished the five mile course. Alden Elliott finished first in the men’s category with a time of 38 minutes 43 seconds. Alyse Loran took the women’s class with a time of 43 minutes one second. Upon conclusion of the run, all participants were treated to a BBQ on the upper mountain with a complimentary tram ride to the top. Runners also received an Alyeska souvenir pedometer to help keep track of future runs and training sessions.
The U.S. Forest Service enhanced the Winner Creek Trail with federal dollars secured by former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and has conducted significant improvements to the trail within the last five years. The hand tram was built and is currently operated by the Girdwood Trails Committee. With improvements to the trail and increasing popularity, the hand tram can no longer keep up with the large number of people who hike the trail and want to cross Winner Creek. The Tram-to-Tram Fun Run is the first step in showing community support towards the building of a bridge across Winner Creek. Envisioned to help alleviate wear and tear on the hand tram, a bridge would also allow the trail to stay open in the winter when the hand tram is not operational.
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