May 7, 2022


Talkeetna Alaskan LodgeTalkeetna, AK view on map


Heather L JohnsoncycleforairAK@lung.org907-891-7444

Clean Air Challenge

We’re heading back to Talkeetna.

Join us on a mission to make a difference for everyone who breathes. We are very excited to announce that on May 7, 2022, we will be riding in the shadow of America’s tallest peak, Denali. We will offer our four traditional ride lengths: 100 mile, 60 mile, 25 mile, and a fun family 10 mile route as well as a virtual option to Cycle Your Way. The in-person and Cycle Your Way options both have amazing support throughout the event!

Our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease is in hyper-drive as we face down COVID-19. This year a portion of the funds raised by the Clean Air Challenge are supporting the COVID-19 Action Initiative.

Your safety is always our number one priority. We are continually monitoring local conditions with regard to COVID-19. Check this page for the most up-to-date information about the event.

Please review the details below regarding how you can participate.

  • Ride in Person Overnight: - to select one of our four breathtaking route options. We are excited to be cycling along the George Parks Highway at the base of Denali for a picturesque journey on one of the best supported rides in Alaska. After a day of bucket-list riding, enjoy an unforgettable finish line experience at The Talkeetna Lodge. A registration fee applies to all in-person registrants and there is a minimum fundraising requirement of $500. Incentive Gifts begin at $500 and will include one night in shared room and dinner on Saturday May 7th at The Talkeetna Lodge as well as a Clean Air Challenge 2022 tee-shirt.
  • Ride in Person Day Ride: Did the Talkeetna Lodge sell out before you could register? Are you a local trekker who lives in or near Talkeetna? The day ride option is great for you. You will be able to choose from one of our four routes and join our overnight trekkers for a great day on the course. A registration fee applies to all in-person day ride registrants and there is a minimum fundraising requirement of $350. Incentive gifts begin at $350 and will include dinner on Saturday May 7th and a Clean Air Challenge 2022 tee-shirt.
  • Cycle Your Way: Plan your own ride on a route and date that works best for you. There is no registration fee for Cycle Your Way participants. You are eligible for incentives starting with the finishers medal and tee-shirt for raising just $200 for the American Lung Association.


Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $284,230.00

Top Participants

Total number of participants: 173
    1. Personal Gift Patty Ginsburg - $12,321.00
    2. Sherry Price - $10,745.00
    3. Personal Gift Molly McCammon - $5,036.00
    4. John Hendrix - $4,430.00
    5. Personal Gift Julie Saddoris - $4,276.00
    6. Personal Gift Lisa Fink - $3,925.00
    7. Personal Gift Rick Willis - $3,541.00
    8. Personal Gift Stuart Lyle - $3,500.00
    9. Personal Gift Julie Hasquet - $3,145.00
    10. Personal Gift Nan Voorhees - $2,851.00

    Top Teams

    Total number of teams: 26
      1. Team Patty & Molly - $33,006.00
      2. Run Wild Fitness - $24,737.00
      3. Pedal to the Medal - $16,671.00
      4. Team Nunatak - $12,528.00
      5. SLR Air Heads - $10,985.00
      6. HEX Cook Inlet/ Furie - $7,618.00
      7. AHVI - $5,398.00
      8. Northern Lights Imaging/Alaska Oncology and Hematology - $5,227.00
      9. MSHF - $4,707.00
      10. Vicious Cycles - $4,380.77

      Why We Need You in the Fight

      In March, the American Lung Association launched a $25 million initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. At the same time, we're continuing our advocacy work to support clean air and redoubling our long-term commitments to lifesaving research.


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      Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

      Presenting Sponsor

      Matson Navigation Company

      Mission Sponsor

      Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute

      Platinum Sponsors

      Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers Orthopedic Physicians Alaska

      Gold Sponsors

      Alyeska Pipeline CRW Engineering Group Denali Brewing Doyon
      Foundation Health Partners Providence Mat-Su Health Foundation Yuit Communications The Bike Shop

      National Sponsors

      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Hospitals

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