Saturday, April 27, 2024


Pyrah's Pioneer Peak Farm

4350 Bodenburg Loop

Palmer, AK US 99645


Come join us as we celebrate the start of the running season with the Valley Thaw Out races! The MatSu Running Club, with the support of AKtive Soles, is excited to host this spring race series for the third year. The Valley Thaw Out Races offers a little something for everyone... a 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon distances and a kids 1K fun run! Grab your friends, family, and cohorts and sign up to run some spring miles together!

The Course:

All races will start and finish at Pyrah's Pioneer Peak Farm on Bodenburg Loop. Runners for all events will start from Pyrah's and turn left onto Bodenburg Loop Rd.

5K: Course will be an out and back on Bodenburg Loop.

10K: Runners will head out on Bodenburg Loop until they reach the Glenn Highway, they will then turn RIGHT onto the bike path and run down to the next Bodenburg Loop Rd where they will turn RIGHT again and follow the road back to Pyrah's.

Half Marathon: Runners will head out on Bodenburg Loop until they reach the Glen Highway, they will then turn LEFT onto the bike path and continue on the bike path until the turnaround by Virginia Ave. From the turnaround they will take the bike path to the SECOND Bodenburg Loop Rd where they will turn RIGHT and follow the road back to Pyrah's.

Course Restrictions:

We will NOT be closing traffic to Bodenburg Loop Road. Runners will run on the shoulder against traffic. The 5K and 10K are open to children 7 and over, the Half is open to children 10 and over. YOU are responsible for ensuring that your child understands the rules of the road. Any child under the age of 10 MUST have an adult running with them for the duration of the race. Race volunteers will assist with any crossings and blind corners. Due to these conditions there will be NO strollers or dogs allowed the course. Failure to adhere to these regulations WILL result in a disqualification and/or removal from the race.

Start Times:

Half Marathon: 10:00AM

10K: 10:30AM

5K: 11:00AM

Kid's 1 mile: 11:30AM

Bib Pick Up:

Thursday, April 25: 5:00-7:00pm at AKtive Soles Performance Footwear Wasilla, (984 N Meridian Pl, Suite D, Wasilla, AK)

Saturday, April 27: 9:00-9:30am at registration tent at Pyrah's (4350 Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK)

Yes, you may pick up your friend's bib. No, you may not exchange your shirt size.

NOTE: Kid's Race Shirts are not included in the free registration for that event. They may be purchased separately on the event store page for $10.

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