The ERIK PETERSON Memorial fund was established in 2015, one-year after Erik died in an avalanche December 6, 2014 in the Eastern Alaska Range, by a group of his students in the Anchorage area. Tonya Parish spearheaded the effort to host the Erik Peterson Memorial Fun Run on Dec. 6, 2015 to remember her beloved track coach.
This fund is designed to provide avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, shovel, probe, airbag) for rent or to purchase at base cost for those that may not be able to afford the safety equipment otherwise. Recipients are required to attend an approved avalanche awareness safety course to qualify.
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Erik Peterson died in an avalanche December 6, 2014 backcountry skiing south of Delta Junction. An assistant West High football coach and Dimond High track coach, Erik was a role model and inspiration to many young Alaskans. He brought out the best in his athletes.
As much as he loved coaching, Erik loved the Alaska outdoors and was an experienced backcountry skier, hiker and kayaker. He died doing what he loved.
This annual Erik Peterson memorial run is a tribute to Erik and a fundraiser for the Alaska Avalanche Information Center that promotes safety and education.