AUGUST 18 & 19, 2018
two half marathoners cross the bridge near lake Otis Parkway
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Skinny Raven Half Marathon

Sunday, August 19, 2018 -- 9:30 AM

RRCA State Championship Event

RRCA Championship Event logo The 2018 Skinny Raven Half Marathon has been designated a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Championship Event. 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+).

Course Overview

The half marathon is the most popular race of the Anchorage RunFest.

The 13.1 mile course begins in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Runners head west on 6th Avenue, north on H Street, then straight ahead on Christensen Drive to 2nd Avenue where the course turns left to join the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The course veers east at Westchester Lagoon and continues on the Chester Creek Trail to the turnaround (the roundabout at the base of the hill beyond, or east of, the bridge to East High School) where runners will loop back toward Westchester Lagoon and downtown Anchorage.

USA Track and Field logo The half marathon course is USATF certified.

Half Marathon Course Map

Field Limit

The half marathon field is limited to the first 1500 entrants.


The half marathon starts and finishes on 6th Avenue between F and G Street adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in downtown Anchorage. Start time is 9:30 AM.

Time Cutoff

Half-marathoners must finish by 3:30 PM in order to receive an official time. If runners are not finished by the cut-off time they may finish the run on their own without the benefit of aid stations or finish line support.   

Registration Goodies

  • Long-sleeve technical shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Professional timing
  • Food and beverage at the finish line


Awards are given to the top three over-all male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age group. Awards will be distributed in Town Square Park. All awards are based on gun times -- the time elapsed from the sound of the start gun to when a runner crosses the timing mat at the finish line.

If you earned an award and did not pick it up on race day, you may retrieve it at Skinny Raven Sports, 800 H Street. Awards will be held there through Labor Day.

Sleeping Lady Challenge

Sleeping Lady Challenge Medal

The Anchorage Runfest is one of four Anchorage Running Club yearly events. Successful completion of eligible races in three of these four events can qualify a runner for the unique Sleeping Lady Challenge medal. See more information regarding the Sleeping Lady Challenge.

Race Day Support

See our Race Day Support page for a full listing of course support and finish line amenities.

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