The third annual Alaska State Troopers Adventure Relay to raise money for the Wish Upon The North Star charity will change directions this year starting in Soldotna on July 13 and ending in Fairbanks on July 17. In between are almost 30 legs of hiking, biking, running, kayaking and river rafting to benefit WUNS, a non-profit organized by Alaskans in 1983 to fulfill the wishes of Alaskan children with life-threatening illnesses. The relay will deviate from past routes by looping around to Delta Junction before heading north to Fairbanks.
The relay is open to law enforcement personnel, employees, retirees and family to participate as well as their fire department counterparts.
Created and organized by employees of the Alaska State Troopers on a volunteer basis, the relay includes the community AST serves – the State of Alaska – and benefits an Alaskan charity. Mixing up the methods of navigating Alaska’s beautiful and challenging terrain allows enthusiasts of all types of adventure to participate. The route travels through communities both small and large to strengthen the bonds between these individuals and the communities they serve, and over varying terrain to capture the adventuresome spirit that embodies The Last Frontier. The public can cheer the participants on, volunteer to help along the route and raise money to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.
Through participation, pledges and fundraising, ASTAR was able to raise more than $37,000 for WUNS in the past two years. The relay captures the spirit of determination to face the challenges on the trail, symbolizing the far greater challenges for those the event will benefit.