2021 VIP Guests
The 2021 VIP guests have not been determined.
Marko Cheseto, Jeff Galloway, and Bart Yasso had planned to return in 2020 prior to the cancellation of the race owing to COVID-19.
Anchorage RunFest had hoped to welcome Marko Cheseto back to Anchorage in 2020. Since his 2019 visit to the RunFest, Marko crushed his own world record this fall in the Chicago Marathon by dropping five minutes and ten seconds! To get a sense of Marko's great spirit and the excitement he brings to racing, catch his post-Boston interview with Steve Burton.
While in Anchorage, Marko planned to man a booth at the RunFest Expo, interact with runners, and sign autographs. He would have been one of our inspirational speakers at the Saturday Pasta Feed.
- 2019 Chicago Marathon: Broke his own world record for a marathon by a double amputee with a time of 2:37:23
- 2019 Boston Marathon: Set the world record for a marathon by a double amputee with the time of 2:42:33
- 2018 New York City Marathon: became the second double amputee to break the three hour mark
- Named Road Runner's Club of America 2018 Challenged Athlete of the Year
- 2009, 2010: West Region Male Athlete of the Year
- GNAC Champion 2008, 2009, 2010
- 2008, 2009, 2010: GNAC Male Athlete of the Year
- 2010: Set the record for the Anchorage Mayor's Half Marathon 1:07:47
Anchorage RunFest would have welcomed Jeff Galloway back for his eleventh year in 2020. Jeff participated in the Friday and Saturday morning shake out runs and held the Galloway Running School on Saturday afternoon.
Many runners are familiar with Jeff via his doable running plans which have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost everyone. His methods have reduced aches, pains and injuries to almost zero. Jeff is in front of an audience motivating and teaching over 200 times a year–helping those of all abilities to enjoy exercise until they are 100! Below are a few more facts garnered from Jeff's website:
- US Olympian, 1972, 10,000 meters
- Trained with Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot
- Runner’s World monthly columnist
- Official Training Consultant for runDisney series of races
- Founder of the Run Walk Run method
- Jeff has run for over 50 years, over thirty of those without injury.
The 2020 Anchorage RunFest would have marked the seventh return of running sensation Bart Yasso. Bart participated in the Friday and Saturday morning shake out runs and gave color commentary for the Kids' 2K run, The Anchorage Mile, and our Sunday races. Below is an excerpt taken from Bart's website:
Yasso joined Runner's World in 1987 to develop the groundbreaking Runner's World Race Sponsorship Program, creating a vehicle for Runner's World to work with over 7,000 races representing 4 million runners per year. Inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions. Yasso will retire from his position as CRO (Chief Running Officer) at Runner's World at the end of 2017.
Yasso also invented the Yasso 800s, a marathon-training schedule used by thousands around the world. He is one of the few people to have completed races on all seven continents from the Antarctica marathon to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon. In 1987, Yasso won the U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship and won the Smoky Mountain Marathon in 1998. He has also completed the Ironman five times and the Badwater 146 through Death Valley. He has also cycled, unsupported and by himself, across the country twice.