Annual run supports Troth Yeddha’ Park

UAF’s College of Rural and Community Development and Running Club North will hold the Third Annual Troth Yeddha’ Run for the Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 13.

The event raises awareness about Troth Yeddha’ Park, located between the UA Museum of the North and the Reichardt Building, and celebrates Alaska Native history, culture and traditions.

Pre-registration is available at Beaver Sports, 3480 College Road. Pick up bibs from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Interior-Aleutians Campus Harper Building, 4280 Geist Road in Fairbanks. Registration is $20, with all proceeds donated to UA Foundation’s Troth Yeddha Park Fund.

The race starts and ends at Troth Yeddha’ Park. Parking is free and available behind the museum. Troth Yeddha’ 5K Run for the Park is a recognized Running Club North event.

Final registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

Troth Yeddha’ Park commemorates the Alaskan Natives who, for generations, gathered on the ridge to share traditional knowledge and harvest wild potatoes. The park brings together people from all walks of life to share indigenous knowledge. Traditional Chief Peter John remarked that elders decided the university’s use of Troth Yeddha’, which means “wild potato ridge” in Lower Tanana Athabascan, was good because it would carry on the hill’s tradition as a place for thinking and working together.

CONTACT: Pete Pinney, College of Rural and Community Development, 907-474-7089.

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