Sunday, August 18, 2024 8:30AM - 3:30PM
The Anchorage RunFest is now a partner with Abbott World Marathon Majors.
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…Read More
We are awarding one randomly chosen finisher an Alaska Airlines round trip ticket. You don’t need to be the fastest runner, just the luckiest!
2023 Alaska Airlines Round Trip Ticket Winner – Denise M.
The 26.2 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. They run past Westchester Lagoon, Earthquake Park, Postmark Drive and Point Woronzof. Runners turn around about 100 yards beyond a point formerly known by locals as “the Blue Bridge.” They run back north to Westchester Lagoon where they veer right (east) on the Chester Creek Trail. From the Chester Creek turnaround (the roundabout at the base of the hill beyond, or east of, the bridge to East High School) runners return to the lagoon and head back to the finish line in downtown Anchorage.
The Marathon starts and finishes on 6th Avenue between F and G Street adjacent to the Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse in downtown Anchorage. Marathon start time is 8:30 AM. Marathon Walkers begin at 8:00am.
The course closes at 3:30 PM. Runners must cross the finish line by 3:30 PM to be an official finisher. Runners must reach Valley of the Moon Park aid station at mile 25 by 2:30 PM.
RRCA State Championship Event
- Open male and female
- 40+ male and female
- 50+ male and female
- 60+ male and female
The marathon course is USATF certified and it is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
In 2016, 17% of the marathon finishers ran a Boston Marathon qualifying time.
- Long-sleeve technical shirt
- Finisher’s medal (see 2023 medal below)
- Professional timing
- Food and beverage at the finish line
Awards will be distributed in Town Square Park. Be sure to check for Age Group Awards.
All awards are based on chip times — the time elapsed from when a runner crosses the timing mat at start line till when that runner crosses the timing mat at the finish line.
Our marathon is sponsored by Humpy’s Ale House. A Humpy is a type of salmon so years ago our sponsor requested that the event medals for events featuring the Humpy’s name use, “Fishiner” rather than Finisher. Confusing to non-Alaskans but a great story for you
Sleeping Lady Challenge
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.