PALMER — The annual Who Let the Girls Out community event drew hundreds of Valley residents to downtown Palmer for a variety of games, activities, live music, and special shopping opportunities.
Over 100 runners participated in the annual Who Let the Runners Out 5K hosted by the Mat-Su Running Club.
“The run went awesome,” Mat-Su Running Club President Heidi Quinn said.
Quinn said they also held a kids 1K race with about 22 young runners who participated. She said they gave out awards for the top three men and women in addition to the top children participants.
“We had a great turnout,” Quinn said.
The Mat-Su Running Club has been around for over 25 years, according to Quinn. She said they hold weekly track workouts at Colony High School, and Who Let the Girls Out is their staple fundraising event of the year. She said they were able to raise about $2,500 this year.
“We love the community it brings into Palmer,” Quinn said. “It’s just fun to see people out supporting businesses and being outside... Palmer has such a great downtown atmosphere.”
Quinn noted that this 5K also kicks off their running season. She said they’re looking to hold a new 5K event in August, and events like this help them get excited for the changing of the seasons.
“It gets everyone kinda kicked into gear,” Quinn said.
Local businesses across the main shopping district offered celebratory prices and giveaways to shoppers throughout the two-day event. Several of these establishments hosted community activities in conjunction with the festivities, including Klondike Mike’s who hosted their annual Who Let the Girls Out Fashion Show.
Several women representing the Valley Arts Alliance dressed in elaborate, hand-made outfits showed off the fruits of creativity during the fashion show.
“This is great… We’ve been a part of Who Let the Girls Out since the beginning… It’s just fun to come up with ideas… We can blend it with the Wearable Art because it fits the whole theme,” VAA Executive Director Carmen Summerfield
VAA Wearable Art model Sandra McMillian also walked around town during the second day of Who Let the Girls Out, mingling and taking photos with the public in full costume.
“It’s so much fun,” VAA Wearable Art model, Sandra McMillian said. “It’s just fun getting out of the house.”
VAA is hosting its annual Art on Fire event at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry June 26. For more information, visit valleyartsalliance.com.
“There’s something there for everyone,” Summerfield said.
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