The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Melanie Hauze

Subway Tri-Harder-Thon Letter of Thanks!


Seward Parks and Recreation hosted Seward’s 3rd Adventure Challenge Sat, July 26th. Tri-athletes from around the state paddled 5 miles on Kenai Lake, ran 6.3 miles on the Iditarod Trail (Long Lake) to Meridan trail head then hopped on their bikes and rode 18.6 miles to the finish line across the bay at Spring Creek day use area. Congrats to all the competitors! Everyone crossed the finish line with great attitudes and some with outstanding times. Thank you to our sponsors: Subway, Qutekcak Native Tribe, Seward Fire and Volunteer Fire, Harbor Department, Moose Pass Fire, US Forest Service, Parking and Park Maintenance and the Adelmann’s.

With a great deal of planning and preparation for this event, each leg of the race flowed together so smoothly due to the remarkable support of all the volunteers and staff. We would like to express gratitude to those who assisted with the Kayak portion of the race: Wayne Bennett, Rick Lowry, Dan Lowery and Kevin Hauze for posting at the Kayak turnaround, following the last kayaker and accounting for every single racer. Moose Pass Fire: for providing a safety vessel on the water and were prepared to offer EMT services if needed. Nort and Shari Adelmann offered a tremendous amount of service by parking your MCI coach bus at the kayak queue for those dropping off kayaks, checking in participants and facilitating to the volunteers.

The trail crew did a fantastic job! Staging on the trail to lend a hand and give encouragement to all the runners. Also making sure all garbage and debris was picked up off the trail leaving “no trace”. Acknowledgment to our staff for spending your Saturday afternoon with us: Kipp Dixon, Tessa Adelmann, Sully and Mckinze Hauze. Thank you Kylee Adelmann for putting in a long day at the trail finish and bike start.

The majority of the bike portion was along the Seward Highway that required a large amount of signage and traffic control. Thank you Campgrounds and Park Maintenance: Mark Stauble, Jake Stauble and Travis Price for placing signs on the roadway to alert motorists’ bikers who were on the road and posting at the Turnaround point. Thank you Kris Peck and Hunter Berry who gathered up the signs on roadway after race, it was a huge help to us. Last but certainly not least Jamie Fredrickson - thanks for your placement at Nash road and checking racers off before the last stretch of the race.

Much appreciation goes out to our Sports and Rec / TYC team for your amazing efforts. You all had important roles which lead to the success of this event: Shari Adelmann, Karin Sturdy, Maggie Wilkins, Kylee Adelmann, Chloe Adelmann, Josie Ronne, Kipp Dixon, Tessa Adelmann and Casey Wright. A large number of resources were essential for the safety of this Triathlon. Everyone’s time and involvement was recognized and very much appreciated.

—Melanie Hauze – Seward Parks & Recreation


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