She started by herself, running 26.2 miles into town to complete her first marathon.
Irene Webber went on to create the Alaska Salmon Runs event that will host at least 70 runners from out of town and about 150 local runners and walkers this year on July 13. Runners come from all over the country, and sometimes from other countries, to experience a day of running across our inspirational Copper River delta, filled with mountains, glaciers, streams, wildlife and wildflowers lining the course.
Irene built up a running event that features five different distances so there’s something for everyone who wants to stretch their legs. There’s a King Salmon Marathon (26.2 miles), Sockeye Half-Marathon (13.1 miles), Coho 10K (6.2 miles), Humpy 5K (3.1 miles), and a Smolt One Mile Fun Run/Walk. She worked out the course logistics, recruiting finish timers, and arranging for water stations spaced out along the course to support runners making their way toward the finish line.
You can help us honor Irene Webber, who passed away in fall 2018, by supporting this year’s runners two ways!
Be ready for spotting runners on the road, and please give them some room and slow down when passing.
Volunteers are also needed to help with putting on the event. Contact Kristin Carpenter at 907- 424-3334 if you want to help, and you’ll receive a discount on admission to Salmon Jam music on Friday or Saturday night.
Channeling her enormous energy and passion into encouraging others to lead an active, healthy life, Irene was famous for cheering folks on in their efforts with her signature rally cry: “See you on the road!”
Registration for the Alaska Salmon Runs will be open at the Bidarki Recreation Center starting July 1, or you may register anytime up until July 10 at salmonjam.org. And visit salmonjam.org to learn more about all the fabulous activities going on for Salmon Jam weekend, July 12 – 13.
Hope to see you on the road!Race coordinator Kristin Carpenter is the executive director of the Copper River Watershed Project.