Run for the River

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Registration: 8am

10 Mile Race Start: 8:30am

5K Race Start:  9am

Virtual Run:  ALL DAY!

Run for the River is an annual event hosted by the Kenai Watershed Forum.  The proceeds from the race help support our summer events and the environmental programs of the Kenai Watershed Forum.  Runners and walkers of all ages will enjoy this multi-turn, looped 5K and 10 Mile course that is routed along the famous Kenai River.


Please click the button below to view the 2024 Run for the River results. Our timing system experienced some errors, and lost the times of select runners. If you don’t see your time listed, but have it available, please reach out and we can get it added! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Run for the River gives you THREE OPTIONS!

1) IN PERSON RACE – At this time, we are planning on an in-person Run for the River.  *If circumstances prevent an in-person Run, all runners will participate virtually.

2) VIRTUAL RUN – Pick your place (ANYWHERE in the U.S.!) and time of day to run your 5K or 10 Mile and then send us a screenshot of your run tracking app!  Virtual runners may pick up their t-shirts in person or select for them to be mailed.

3) DON’T RUN! – Not a runner but want to support Run for the River and the Kenai Watershed Forum? Donations towards the run and the Kenai Watershed Forum are greatly appreciated, and donors will receive a commemorative Run for the River shirt from previous years while supplies last.

Early Registration ~  thru May 31 ~ $25
Register online, by mail or in person at our office in Soldotna Creek Park
Late Registration ~ June 1 thru June 7 OR at Bib Pick-Up/Runner’s Feed June 7 ~ $35
Register online, stop by our office in Soldotna Creek Park or stop by the Runner’s Feed. Registered runners eat for free!
Race Day Registration ~ June 8 ~ $45
Register in person at Race Central

Online Registration available until NOON on Friday, June 7.


Registration for the 2025 Run for the River will open in March!

General Information

Medals are awarded to the top 3 runners in the 5K and 10 mile for both men and women.

Announcements, photos, and updates are all available on our Facebook page: RunfortheRiver

Run for the River is a PET FREE event.  For the safety of all, please leave pets at home while you enjoy the Run.

Race T-Shirts are free with registration on a first come, first serve basis.  We are pleased to present a special Dri-FIT shirt to all runners!

Race Course

Bib Pick-Up & Pre-Race Dinner ~ June 7 ~ 5 to 6pm

All registered runners are invited to a free pasta dinner the night before the race! While there you can pick up your race bib, t-shirt, and check out the race course maps.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer race related questions and late registration will be available.

Race Central

Race Central will be located at the Soldotna Creek Park pavilion next to the children’s playground.

Registration, Runner’s Feed and the Start/Finish Line are all conveniently located at Race Central.

We need Volunteers!

Want to be a part of this exciting event, but you don’t want to run or walk?  We need volunteers for race set-up, water stations, registration and the Runner’s Feed! Contact Brandon Drzazgowski at to be a part of this event!

Thank You!

Big thanks to our Presenting Sponsor

Central Peninsula Hospital is dedicated to the health and wellness of our community members as well as providing high quality health care to residents and visitors of the Kenai Peninsula.  We appreciate their community spirit and are proud to have them as our Presenting Sponsor! CPH employees race for free! * employment will be verified.

Thanks to our friends at the City of Soldotna and the Soldotna Rotary Club for their support of Run for the River!