The term RunFest is fitting for the annual weekend of running events hosted by the Anchorage Running Club. This year’s RunFest is set for Aug. 18-19, in Anchorage and promise more than just a marathon. Unique to this event is the Anchorage Mile and the 49K Ultra, an event created to celebrate the 49th state.
Both are Road Runners Club of America National Championship events. RRCA awards will be presented to the top male and female in each of the following categories: open; masters (40+); grand masters (50+); and senior grand masters (60+). The races are also USA Track & Field certified.
The 2018 United Physical Therapy 49K features the ultimate mix of Anchorage: stunning views along Turnagain Arm and the front range of Chugach State Park; shaded trails through inland woods; and a start and finish in Downtown. While mostly flat, race organizers have included a few good hills, just so participants will remember they’re in Alaska. For those who are curious: 49 kilometers equals 30.44860 miles, making this event a true accomplishment for those who finish.
The Anchorage Mile Road Race also returns, as this event has enjoyed a huge growth in popularity over the last few years. The race is flat as can be, centrally located, and superb for spectator viewing. The race begins in downtown Anchorage on the south side of Delaney Park Strip. Runners will complete one and a half loops for the total mileage, all of which sticks to Downtown.
For more details on the Anchorage RunFest and all of the associated events surrounding it, go to anchoragerunfest.org.
Rebecca Coolidge Dehaviland
Participants in a past Anchroage RunFest take off at the start.