Anchorage Running Club
The Anchorage Running Club (ARC) is a not-for-profit organization with over 800 members of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities from elite runners, middle-of-the packers, red lantern award winners and recreational walkers.
The Anchorage Running Club is a 501 (c)(3) all volunteer organization. Its mission is to promote a healthy life style through running and exercise. Funds raised by the club go toward the support of community running events, the creation of new events throughout the year, the ARC scholarship program for deserving high school seniors, and high school sports teams. The Anchorage RunFest is the main fund raiser for the club.
ARC is governed by a nine-person board of directors and is a member of the Road Runners Club of America, USA Track and Field, and Running USA.
One of the goals of the ARC and Anchorage RunFest is to raise scholarship funds for Alaska high school runners to help out with their education expenses. Each year the ARC receives dozens of applications and chooses outstanding students to receive college scholarships. In 2019 ARC is awarded five high school graduates $3,000 each.
2020 Scholarship Recipients
High school: Bartlett High School
Leola has been a long-distance runner since elementary school. She loves the sport and plans to keep running throughout her life, hopefully improving her mile time. Besides competing for Bartlett High School in cross-country running and track and field, Leola also participated in cross country skiing all four years. She also loves to run outside of school, as well as hike, downhill ski, and bike. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at University of New Mexico, Leola plans to attend medical school and hopes to eventually work for Doctors Without Borders as a pediatrician. “Running has taught me to keep moving towards my goals with confidence and determination.”
High school: Dimond High School
Mary has been running since she was seven years old. She was a part of the Dimond High Varsity cross-country running and track and field teams for four years. Outside of school, she has developed a passion for half marathons and has competed in the Mayor’s and Zombie half’s. When she isn’t running, she enjoys backcountry and cross-country skiing during the winter. Mary will be attending Boston College on the pre-med track and hopes to one day volunteer with the nonprofit Doctors without Borders.
High school: Service High School
Mary has been running for as long as she can remember, but started running seriously in middle school to get away from the stresses of life. She believes joining cross-country and track at Eagle River High School was the best decision she’s ever made. The team is like family and she looked forward to going to every practice and seeing the improvement and dedication of her teammates. Running taught her how to be a stronger person physically and mentally. When not at school or with family, Mary can be found running somewhere in the mountains. She is passionate about helping others, and after obtaining an undergraduate degree at Bemidji State University, hopes to go to school to become a physical therapist.