This snow accumulation means summer trail rules have taken a vacation. We’ll be posting reminders of our winter rules to encourage safe, fun trails use by all.
First off, vehicles are not allowed on the trails in the winter — not even bikes, as we are not equipped to groom for tire ruts. Motorized vehicles — trucks, snowmachines, four-wheelers, etc. — are strictly prohibited in every season, unless operated by our groomers or otherwise allowed for trails work. Not only can they cause significant damage to groomed trails, they pose a serious danger to trails users. If you see someone driving on the trails, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org with as much information as possible — description of the vehicle and driver, when, on which loops, where they entered and exited the trails, etc. If you have an opportunity to speak to a driver, inform them of the motorized vehicle restriction, but do not become confrontational. We welcome use of the trails, just not the gas-powered kind.
Have fun out there! (Addison Downing is!)
TTA users: Tsalteshi Trails continues to experience increased use, and while it’s great to see more people out enjoying outdoor fitness and recreation, more people on the trails can mean more potential for conflicts. Gone are the days of expecting to head out and not see another car in the lot or person in the woods. For the trails to be enjoyable to all, all users need to demonstrate courtesy, responsibility and a sense of safety for ourselves and others.
For those recreating with their four-legged friends, please be mindful of your dog’s behavior while using Tsalteshi Trails. Tsalteshi has a “leash or voice control” policy when it comes to dogs on the trail system in the spring, summer and fall (dogs are not allowed on the trails during winter). For this system to work, people need to make a reasonable assessment of their dog’s behavior around other dogs, wildlife and people. Fido might respond to a voice command in their home or yard, but that does not mean they will do the same when surrounded by all of the stimulation associated with outdoors surroundings, new people, and the adrenaline surge associated with a nice run.
This issue has come to the forefront because one of our longtime trail users has been the victim of two dog attacks within the last 3 weeks. The first incident required a trip to the ER, the second was less severe, although still scary. In both cases the dog owners were responsible people who were surprised by their dog’s behavior. If your dog has any history of aggression or unpredictable behavior, please leash them or keep them at home.
Let’s use these incidents to improve everyone’s trail experience. Thanks, and have a great time out there.
Our Third annual Tsalteshi Trails Fundraiser! We have a costume contest, 1K trick or treat trail for kids 10 and under, and a 5K race for everyone else. Come on out, have fun and support your local trail system. Sign up using the event links at right, see the flyer below for details!
The PsychoCross Mountain Bike Race (August 31) is a “Off-Piste” mountain bike race. The course is serious, helmets are mandatory and you must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
The race starts at the Skyview High School trailhead. Registration/bib pick up begins at noon and the race starts at 1pm.
Sign up online HERE.
Online registration is $20. Race day registration is $25.
We are also looking for volunteers for the event. Please email us at email@example.com to help out.
Ready, set, REGISTER and run! Fountain of Youth Pursuit is Saturday, Aug. 17!
Tsalteshi Trails’ inaugural 10k Fountain of Youth Pursuit run is this Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at the trails behind Skyview High School. Don’t miss your chance to be involved in the first pursuit run (that we know of) in Alaska! Runners are assigned staggered start times according to their age and gender, with kids and older runners given head starts. It’s up to the 20-year-old guys to try to catch up. First across the finish line wins! This unique format means that any runner, of any age has an equal chance at a winning placement.
But to get your head start, you must REGISTER IN ADVANCE! All day-of-race signups will be seeded in the last wave to leave the starting line. Advance registration closes at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. If you want to run with a friend or group of different ages, that’s fine, too — we’ll seed you in the last wave and you can enjoy a noncompetitive jaunt through the woods. All running is fun running!
Plus! We’ve got free T-shirts for current Tsalteshi Trails Association members (nonmembers can buy a shirt for $20, or become a member on the Tsalteshi website to get a free shirt.) And we’ve got awesome monetary Prizes for the top five finishers, and a raffle drawing grand prize open to all participants.
Salmon Run Series participants, consider this your graduate achievement for all the 5Ks you ran this summer!
Lost Lake runners, this is the perfect tune-up for your event the next weekend!
Fall marathoners and half marathoners, this is a great mid-distance training run!
Everybody — want to stay young and have fun? Then come run!
Register and check your headstart at http://www.tsalteshi.org/?page_id=5&ee=94. The race starts at the Skyview High School trailhead. Registration/bib pick up begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the first wave starts at 10 a.m. Online registration is $25. This is a fundraiser for Tsalteshi Trails Association, to help us maintain the trails, facilitate youth and school running and skiing programs, and hold community events year-round. Don’t want to run but want to be involved? Come volunteer! We’ll need lots of help to keep everything — and everyone — running smoothly. Sign up to volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you all — young and young at heart — on the trails!