There are so many ways to keep warm in winter, and one of those is to run. And run fast. With that in mind, here are my top five favorite winter running events in Alaska. These events are a mix of old and new events, covering a wide range of distances.
Remember variety is the spice of life. Dress for the weather, breathable layers. mittens trump gloves, moose have the right of way, and hydration/nutrition is key.
Jingle Bell 5K Run at UAA Student Union, Dec. 13: Join a host of elves, reindeer and Santa impersonators running around UAA to support arthritis prevention/cure. Make it a holiday tradition to run/walk the course with family and friends. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Colony Christmas Triathlon 15K bike, 5 K Run and 500 Meter Swim, Dec. 13: in Palmer. A true challenge, with the swim as the last event.
Willow Solstice Marathon, ½ Marathon and 5K, Dec. 20: A good primer for the Little-Su event, which comes later in the year. Run by a small, independent running company that offers some great events throughout the year. (www.willowrunningcompany.com)
Little Su 50K, Feb. 14, 2015: If your stamina is at the marathon level consider stepping out of your comfort zone and run in the wilds of Alaska along part of the Iditarod Trail in the Mat-SuValley. (gwww.susitna100.com, go to ultrasignup.com)
A longtime Fur Rondy event in downtown Anchorage. It’s a flat two-loop course on Fifth and Sixth avenues, smack dab in the middle of
downtown Anchorage. Bring dry clothes and visit the Winter Carnival and ice sculptures.