Happy Run

Every Monday - Rain or Shine!! ~ Meet at Active Soles

  • Run Starts @ 6:00pm SHARP
  •  PLEASE Register Online at or come early to the store. 

The course alternates every other week between two routes that run through down town Palmer. To see the routes, go to:! All routes end at the Palmer Ale House 

FREE RAFFLE AT THE END OF EVERY RUN @ 7:00PM! Including a Pizza Giveway provided by Palmer Ale House !! Follow the Theme and get an extra raffle ticket. Find the Themes by simply signing up for our newsletter OR Liking us on Facebook. 

 - All ages and abilities!! Please come and Bring a Friend and Make Your Monday Exercise a Happy and Healthy start to your week! 

When: Every Monday @ 6pm - RAFFLE @ 7PM


642 S Alaska St Suite 100
Palmer, Alaska 99645

How to register:   Click here to register 

Active Body Downtown Gym

This is not your same old gym experience: walking in and staring at a bunch of cold sweat drenched equipment. You will find smiling trainers ready to help you look better, feel better, and live better.

Look forward to your workouts when you join us for one of our exciting and motivating group sessions. It’s not just about looking your best, it’s about finding the best version of yourself.

To view our class schedules and more, please click here.

Soles in the Backcountry 

Actives Soles designed a book to help adventure seekers get outside in the Mat-Su Valley and experience what it has to offer. Our book suggests 20 Target Adventures, 5 Adventure Hikes and 6 Peaks to complete. Individuals can choose to do whichever series best suits them.  We give the community 5 months to complete the book before we celebrate at the end of the season with raffle prize drawings, awards ceremony and a short film festival from outdoor enthusiasts in our community. Our vision for the book is to inspire the community to discover the trails, parks and adventures that await them in the Mat-Su Valley.

Come grab an Adventure Book at Active Soles during store hours or check out our SITBC website for more infromation. 

When: Monday-Friday 10am - 6pm 

Where: 642 Alaska St #100 
Palmer, Alaska 99645

For more information check out our website:

Nunataq Snowshoe Challenge

This is a 3 part, 5k race series through-out the winter. The first race is held at the end of December in Hatcher Pass with an uphill out and back course around summit lake, the second and third races in the series will be held in January and March at the location for the Future Hatcher Pass Alpine Experience Ski area at mile 6.5 of the Hatcher Pass Recreation Area. The last race in the series will include a 10k option for those looking for a bigger challenge to end their snowshoe racing season. Snowshoe RENTALS are available at ACTIVE SOLES for $25 a day, also a limited variety of snowshoes will be available for runners who do not own any at a first come, first serve basis (RACE DAY ONLY). $50 dash for cash Men's and Women's event will precede every race for an opportunity to win your entry fee back. The "DASH FOR CASH" will be no longer that 50 yards!

Thursday Night Race Series

A trail running series being held at various locations around the Matanuska Valley for four Thursdays in a row in September and October.  For 2018 we will be hosting the races on September 20th, September 27th, October 4th, and October 11th. 

For more deatils and registration please click on this link.

Mat-Su Running Club

MatSu Running Club (MSRC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an educational and recreational running program for people of the Mat-Su Valley.  It is the responsibility of the organization to provide a healthy and fun running program for people of all abilities.  The Women's Group, formerly the Valley Women's Running Team, is a women-only running division of the MSRC.

Our goal is to encourage people to set and meet personal goals and increase the enjoyment and satisfaction of running.  The season starts in April and ends in August with an extended season to September.  Many runners use this as their training for competitive racing in Alaska and enjoy the pinnacle of running—a marathon, iron man or a destination race in the Lower 48.  Others have no firm race goals but use the MSRC as a way to maintain running fitness while making social connections with fit, fun, and likeminded people.  

Settlers Bay Solstice 5K

The second annual Settlers Bay Solstice 5k race is utilizing the trails along the beautiful Cook Inlet, starting and ending at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Knik. This run will be benefiting the Coastal Park that was purchased by The Great Land Trust for maintenance of the trails on this new property. Experience the inlet views like never before by running through a brand new trail system all the way to the Bay. Enjoy live music and a beverage afterward and celebrate the Summer Solstice with a fun 5k!  

How to register:   Click here to register 

Green Day Gallop 2019

This race consists of a  full maathon, half marathan, 5k and a free kids 1 miler. For 2019 the race happens to land right on St. Patricks Day on Sunday, March 17th. This race starts and ends at the Palmer Depot and utlizes roads throughout Palmer. The half and full marathon will also extend onto the bike path the follows the Old Glenn Highway. Of course all participants (half, full, and 5k runners) will receive a t-shirt and a green beer along with some amazing memories. Click HERE for more details or to register! 

Bill Mitchell 5K and Kids 1 Miler

The Bill Mitchell Fun Run has been a Colony Days Event for years and we are beyond excited to continue the tradition. 

 Bill Mitchell is a World War ll Veteran who served in the Pacific. He has been a continuous advocate and supporter of the Mat-Su Valley throughout the years especially when it came to running and events promoting a healthy lifestyle. So, lace up your shoes and come enjoy the day with your family and friends by getting outdoors. 

For registration and more details click here.