The second Saturday in August is reserved for the beloved Lee Shore Center Run for Women, now in its 31st year. Proceeds are directed towards the centers services for victims of domestic abuse, and all are welcome to participate in this 5k or 10k fun run that takes you through the peaceful streets of Kenai. The run starts and ends at Kenai Park strip, and you’ll see runners of all ages and abilities rallying together to fundraise for one of Kenai’s most respected non-profits.

You’ll see parents pushing children in strollers and local youth runners competing for personal bests—and bragging rights. There are several categories, separated by both age and gender, giving runners a great chance at achieving a ribbon. Some use the race as part of their wind-down to the Boston Marathon.

Get Your Run On

Race Director Barbara Waters says she’s never had the opportunity to run the race (she’s always too busy coordinating day-of events), but says, “Maybe when I retire (I’ll run), but then I’m sure they’ll want me as a volunteer!” It takes dozens of volunteers to make the event a success and to ensure the mission “To promote healthy families and a violence-free community while providing a safe haven for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault” is upheld.

Local businesses donate prizes, which may include roundtrip tickets between Denali and Anchorage for scenic float trips along the Kenai River. Register and find out more at the official site.