Anchorage town square to host party for winter Olympic athletes

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Published: Apr. 4, 2018 at 7:13 AM AKDT
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Organizers in Anchorage are planning a massive block party to celebrate winter Olympic athletes such as Kikkan Randall, who brought gold to Anchorage in the team spring cross country skiing event at this year's Olympic games in South Korea.

The party, which is set to kick off on Wednesday, April 4, will be a "great time to enjoy the athletes and what they've done for the community," according to Joey Caterinichio, president of the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. and wrapping at 8 p.m., the event will be "kind of a pep rally for Kikkan and all the Olympians," Caterinichio said.

While the festivities will kick off with athletes at 5:30 p.m. and athletes to be present until around 6:30 p.m., organizers say the event will last longer that, and include many things to keep families entertained.

"We've got obstacle course, we have food, a beer garden, live video, drummers, so it's kind of a festive party," Caterinichio said. "We've also invited all of our past Olympians to join us, we'll have photo booths, and some gold medals to give out, we'll also have event commemorative posters to give out and everyone can walk away with."

Caterinichio said she expects up to 5,000 or more attendees on Wednesday. For reference, on New Year's Eve, the courtyard of Town Square Park saw around 18,000 people.

A spokesperson with the Downtown Partnership said that E Street will be closed off with food trucks, a giant obstacle course for kids, and other events. There will be detour signs placed downtown for traffic making its way around the event.