Lost Lake Run cancelled amid smoke and flood concerns

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - As air quality levels deteriorated near Seward on Wednesday and meteorologists warned of Kenai Lake flooding, organizers of the Lost Lake Run took the extraordinary step of canceling the popular race four days before the start.

Organizers announced the decision on Facebook and over email to competitors. They said that PM 2.5 levels have been above 400 in Seward today -- healthy is considered below 35 -- and that the forecast doesn't indicate any substantial change in weather patterns before Saturday.

They noted that the race is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, a disease of the lungs, and said it would "be counter to our mission to place mountain race participants into an environment that could negatively impact their lung health."

There is also a concern that flooding water from the release of the Snow Glacier Dammed Lake threaten to raise water levels at the Primrose Campground, where the race begins, by up to three feet.

Organizers say that the board of directors met and decided to cancel the race in a unanimous vote.

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