The Lost Lake Breath of Life Run began as a passing thought. Having very little fund raisers for Cystic Fibrosis in the entire state of Alaska it was believed that there needed to be an event as big as the state itself. Since so many people in the Seward area love to run, we thought that would be the best type of event to have. But, where would they like to run to? There was only one suggestion – Lost Lake. A 16 mile U.S. Forest Service trail beginning at Primrose campground and leads to Lost Lake, ending near Bear Creek just outside Seward. We had the location, now we needed to make the race different
Most races have awards and t-shirts for the participants, but that seemed too generic. We wanted to make sure the runners knew we appreciated the effort they made to not only run the race, but to collect pledges for the fight to cure Cystic Fibrosis.
The evening before the race a “Carbo Feed” is held. This gives the runners a chance to get together and plan their strategies. It is also the first chance to pick up bib numbers for registered runners. The following morning, the 11th hour, more runners arrive and are able to check-in and pick up their bib numbers. One hour before the race begins, all runners are transported 12 miles up the road to the starting line. Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes later the first runner crosses the finish line.
Shortly after the first runners cross the finish line, the barbecue begins. Time to relax, enjoy lunch, and cheer on runners. A couple hours after the first group of runners cross the finish line, awards are handed out. Awards are given to the top runners in the age categories. But, we are not done yet. Now we really reward the runners for participating in the race. A drawing is held for contributions made by businesses supporting Cystic Fibrosis research. Past contributions include: airline tickets, cruises, fishing charters, sightseeing charters, overnight hotel certificates, dinner certificates, and much more.
The first year of The Lost Lake Breath of Life Run, 1992, there were 55 participants. The US Forest Service will only allow 750 runners on the trail on race day. 2010 was the first year that the Lost Lake Run met its capacity, filling in 90 days. In 2015 the race filled in under 15 minutes, making it one of the more popular mountain races in Alaska. Since inception, this event has raised over $2 million dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On each of the last two years checks for $190,000 have been sent to the CF Foundation. We are hoping that this year we might be able to break $200,000.
Marsha Vincent is the race’s founder. Marsha is the mother of four children, two of which have Cystic Fibrosis. She is the reason this race is what it is. As the Chairperson of the race, Marsha made sure that every year the race is better than the last. Marsha is quick to point out, however, that this race would not have lasted if not for the dedication and support of all the generous sponsors, race volunteers and runners.
Expanding The Management Team
Over first 15 years, Marsha raised over $600,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization this is seeking the means to cure and control Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
After 15 years of tireless commitment, Marsha has decided to seek additional support for running this annual event. In an effort to expand the organization and create an entity that could exist far into the future, as well as possibly expanding the type of fund raising activities for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the organization of the Lost Lake Run has been converted from a volunteer organization to a formal non-profit corporation. Marsha remains involved in the planning of the event and it is our goal as an organization to strive to maintain the quality and character of the Lost Lake Run that she has created.
The Board of Directors
Lost Lake Run, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising money to benefit people with Cystic Fibrosis. The Lost Lake Run’s Board of Directors are as follows:
- Patrick Simpson, President
- Christalyn Simpson, Vice-Pres
- Jennifer Armentrout, Secretary
- Marsha Vincent, Founder
- Tanya Kane, Director
- Kay Cee Christenson, Director
- Audrey Dewan, Director
- Pamela Ellis, Director
- Sabrina Walker, Director