Hope’s Annual Wagon Trail Run
By Jeannine Jabaay
The 31st Wagon Trail weekend in Hope, AK was one to be remembered. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the little town to participate in community activities and to be a part of celebrating Alaska’s summer.Starting with a pancake feed on Saturday morning, July 14, the memories include a town-wide cake walk, 5K fun run, barbecue and raffle. All supporting the local non-profits of Hope, Alaska.
“I’m here every year,” shares Betty Coleman of Seward, Alaska. “I love being a part of the run and also seeing how the little town comes together to create something so beautiful.”
This year marks the end of an era, saying goodbye to Linda Graham who has been the event coordinator for the past 31 years. Graham was the town’s postmaster and recently retired. A small farewell as event planner was given after the run, just as the winners of the race were announced.
The first man across the finish line was Sam Tilly with a time of 19:14:8, and the first woman was Ale Legate with a time of 23:47:6. The complete race results are posted on the Hope Alaska Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.