ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- Friends, family and community members gathered to celebrate the life of Erin Johnson Sunday afternoon. Ski the Beach 2018 honored the life of the 27-year-old who was attacked and killed by a black bear near Pogo Mine while doing field work in June 2017.
All proceeds from the race will go to the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund.
Erin's mother, Barbra Johnson, said her daughter would have loved to see everyone dressed-up and skiing. Barbra said her daughter was a caring and compassionate person with a spirit for adventure.
Annie Brownlee, a friend of Johnson's said one of her passions was teaching kids about the environment.
"She just did just a lot of outreach stuff in her work getting kids involved with environmental causes and trying to get kids outside and moving. This is a great way to celebrate her," said Brownlee.
Johnson graduated from Chugiak High School where she was a talented athlete. She represented the United States as a member of the Junior Olympic Nordic Ski Team in 2006 and 2007, the family said in a statement sent to KTUU last summer.