Run for the River

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Registration: 8am

10 Mile Race Start: 8:30am

5K Race Start:  9am

Virtual Run:  ALL DAY!

Run for the River is part of the annual Kenai River Festival, a free family event geared towards fun and inspiration.  The proceeds from the race help support the Festival 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.


2023 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, the Kenai River Festival 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 9 OR at Bib Pick-Up/Runner’s Feed June 9 ~ $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 10 ~ $45
Register in person at Race Central

Online Registration available until NOON on Friday, June 9.


You can register at the Runner’s Feed from 5-6pm, Friday, June 9 for $35 OR Day of Race registration at Race Central before the race for $45

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 9 ~ 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, check out the race course maps, and enjoy live music at the Kenai River Festival in the park.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer race related questions and late registration will be available.

Our Runners Feed is made possible by the generous support of Safeway!  Big thanks to Safeway for their continued support of Run for the River!

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!

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

Working together for healthy watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula since 1997.