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Anchorage RunFest is excited to announce that it has been selected as an Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championship qualifying race in 2024! This will be Anchorage RunFest’s first time hosting, and it is expected to bring runners from all over the world to explore Anchorage, Alaska’s world class trails and hospitality. Anchorage’s cooler fall temps and the Anchorage RunFest relatively flat route offers runners an excellent late-season opportunity to qualify and PR for the world’s top races. Co-Race Director Melanie Clark said: “This is a great opportunity to bring attention to the amazing trails and races Anchorage is able to host. We look forward to sharing our event with racers from all over the globe!”

Dawna Stone, Abbott World Marathon Majors CEO said: “The Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings continue to grow and welcome new races into the qualifying process each year. The geographical spread of runners and races shows the appetite for high level competition across all ages and an invite to the World Championships is coming a much sought-after goal.”


Anchorage RunFest is the premier race and fundraiser for the Anchorage Running Club. The event spans the third weekend in August, with races ranging in distance from Ultramarathon to marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, 5k, and one-mile sprint. The event allows racers to double up on medals with the Back 2 Back Challenge – signing up for two races in two days. Funds raised at Anchorage RunFest support the Anchorage Running Club scholarship program which awards Anchorage high school runners assistance with education expenses.

The Anchorage Running Club, a 501(c)(3), was established in 1982 with the mission of promoting healthy lifestyles through running and walking. This volunteer run organization features several well-loved events throughout the year with Anchorage RunFest being it’s largest.




The Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) is a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world – Tokyo Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon, TCS London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.