A new design is selected each year for promotional materials and official AKRFW merchandise. The board of directors receives many beautiful design
submissions, and continues to be grateful for the generosity of our local artists! If you are interested in donating a design please contact
board member Kathy Wisthoff. You can download a showcase of past designs in PDF.
The artists and the AKRFW retain all rights to the designs.
2017 Artist - Kimberly Olmsted
An 8-time artist for the Alaska Run for Women, Kim is a member of the AIGA, the professional association for design and the owner of Kimografix,
a web and graphic design company. Titled "Whimsical Simplicity," the cheerful and celebratory design recalls elements from the past - the iconic start/finish
arch and the AKRFW running figure logo updated with softer features and a tutu seen on many team members and solo runners alike. Kim said, "This is
a sweet nod to not only the silver anniversary but to all those wonderful women who make this special day a colorful and cheerful celebration by running
in all kinds of crazy tutus. The love and joyful spirit of the Run participants is a huge source of hope for the future."
Thank you to Kim - we think this is a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years!
2016 Artist - Alexandra Steinke
Entitled “In Her Shoes” the 2016 Alaska Run for Women design was created by Alexandra Steinke. Born in Anchorage, Alex now lives in Virginia but visits “home” as often as her budget allows. Her stepmother, a long-time participant and volunteer of the event, encouraged Alex to submit a design. With a degree in journalism, Alex has worked in the printing industry for 8 years, a skill she says is self-taught. She is happy to volunteer her time and talent as she knows that breast cancer affects the whole family. She believes her design encourages you to think not only of the trials and tribulations of those experiencing the disease but of their loved ones as well. “Everyone knows someone whose life has been changed by breast cancer. My design was inspired by the team effort put into battling, conquering and surviving cancer.”
2015 Artist: Pam Clifton
A professional artist creating designs in Alaska for more than 35 years, Clifton was personally touched this year when a friend’s 34-year-old daughter
battled stage 4 breast cancer. She said, “I was inspired by the help and support shown to my friend and her daughter from family, friends, and medical
staff. That is why I chose a group of women holding hands, running the race together. I have always been touched by the groups of women at the Alaska
Run for Women who are there together to support or remember loved ones, holding hands, finishing together, sharing a moment of triumph."
2014 Artist: Kimberly Olmsted
This is Kimberly Olmsted's seventh Alaska Run for Women design! Kim is a member of the AIGA, the professional association for design and the
owner of Kimografix
She said her design celebrates those at the center
of this event, the survivors. Borrowing themes and fonts from the art nouveau movement, the design is an elegant, feminine tribute to the natural
beauty and strength of all women who face the trials of breast cancer. It is dedicated to those women and to her niece Katrina, a 37-year-old
mother of two diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.
2013 Artist: Stephanie Fields
Stefanie said her design shows Alaska as a whole fully connected community embraced by a pink ribbon that symbolizes the love and support shown to those
afected by breast cancer in Alaska. She was very young when she lost her grandmother to breast cancer, and she did the 2013 event in her honor.
2012 Artist: Douglas Girard
Conceived by board members Jay & Kathy Wisthof, the XXs celebrate 20 years of breast cancer awareness, the achievements of Alaska’s female runners,
and all of the artists who have generously shared their vision. The puzzle pieces signify the rich history of this event, and show how each year builds
2011 Artist: Lorraine Hebert
Lorraine’s whimsical depiction captures perfectly the aura of this event --
strong women accomplishing amazing things!
2010 Artist: Lynda Purvis
Lynda dedicated her “shoeprint” design to her high school friend, Patti Carter
DeBiase, and said it was inspired by the spirit of each woman who has left her
shoeprint on the course. The heart on the heel of the shoe is dedicated to every
breast cancer survivor.
2009 Artist: Vonnie Gaither
Of her design, Vonnie said, "A piece of art expressing the fun and joy of
running to support, to celebrate, to forget or to survive some milestone in my
life and the lives of many other women."
2008 Artist: Deb Essex
Deb said: "A few years ago, I finished the Alaska Run for Women behind a
breast cancer survivor and witnessed her pure joy as she crossed the finish line
and celebrated with her friends and family. She was my inspiration for this
design. I've left the runner's hair blank as cancer does not discriminate, and
chemo usually changes a hairstyle. I will color curly hair on my t-shirt in honor
of my sister, Shari, a survivor."
2007 Artist: Kim Olmsted
Kim said, "I drew this woman, with the impossibly high kick, in a frivolous
moment. It's how I like to feel at the end of a race: strong, spirited and with
enough energy to kick it in to the finish line. Whatever our journey may be, let's
hope we are equally strong during it and at its end -- strong enough to raise
our heads, our heels and "kick it!" The AKRFW board of directors adopted the
“kick it runner” as its new business logo!
2006 Artist: Karen Daugherty
Karen was inspired by the majestic sunflowers growing in her garden when she
created this design. She was reminded of the fight against breast cancer when
she admired the sunflowers standing so tall, proud, and bright throughout the
summer, and then again when they provided seeds for the birds in the fall. The
female runner is wearing the pink breast cancer awareness bracelets and her
hands are encircling and bringing together the sunflowers and the words
"Alaska Run for Women."
2005 Artist: Karen Daugherty
For her third AKRFW design, Karen created 3 shoes to signify the strides made
in the race for a cure. One of them is embellished with a pink ribbon to keep
breast cancer awareness front and center. Forget-me-nots are tucked among
the rocks to honor those we've lost.
2004 Artist: Karen Daugherty
Karen said this design was intended to give hope and strength to survivors as
they receive treatment and search for a cure. The heart represents life and the
love we have for ourselves and all women.
2003 Artist: Deb Essex
Surrounded by nature’s beauty, the pink ribbon road represents the path as we
search for answers to the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of
2002 Artist: Douglas Girard
Conceived by board member Kathy Wisthof who was inspired by the popular tshirt
quilts, the design showcases the first nine race designs and celebrates the
10th annual AKRFW and the milestone of passing $1 million raised in the fight
against breast cancer.
2001 Artist: Karen Daugherty
Karen said, “This design represents all women, racing together to survive and
prevent breast cancer. Just as fireweed returns in mass to reclaim and beautify
areas after the devastation of fire, it symbolizes the power created when all of
us join together to win against breast cancer.”
2000 Artist: Kim Olmsted
When creating her fifth AKRFW design, Kim said, “The phoenix -- rising from
the ashes to begin a new life -- seemed a spot-on metaphor for breast cancer
survivors and served to give hope to those still in cancer’s grip.”
1999 Artist: Suzanne Bach
Entitled “I’m in There!” this design portrays the magnitude of the crowd yet the
individuality of the participants. Suzanne said, “I am one of the pink hatted
survivors! I hope you will be able to find that you are in here. There was a
thank you in my heart to all of you as I painted.”
1998 Artist: Deb Essex
Deb created this design in memory of her Aunt Deanna and said, “The design embodies the spirit of the event. The pink ribbons symbolize all of the runners
and walkers. The blue heart between the ribbons represent loved ones we have lost. The small white heart represents the strength and love among supporters
1997 Artist: Kim Olmsted
Kim’s 1997 design celebrated the 5th annual Alaska Run for Women. She featured the iconic colorful balloon arch which, for many years, signaled the race
start. The two figures embracing emphasized the spirit of friendship and loyalty among race participants.
1996 Artist: Kim Olmsted
Kim lost two friends to breast cancer in 1996. She included black trimmed
forget-me-nots for them in her design. She said, “The shadowed runner,
strong, focused and yet emotionally drained, represents how many of us deal
with situations out of our control. We have to move on. As we all run in this
event, may we celebrate our health and our ability to better cope with the
world because of it.”
1995 Artist: Kim Olmsted
Kim said, “This design borrows from an art form championed by women, the quilt. Historically, quilting has given women a means of simultaneously comforting
their loved ones, expressing their creativity and spending cherished time with women friends.”
1994 Artist: Kim Olmsted
Kim said, “In my mind the Run for Women celebrates foremost the strength of
women when they act together. For this reason my design features four women
running in unison. Their bodies are abstract with slight references to hair so
that we may all find a place in this advancing line. The figures are strong, as we
are in our most courageous battles. They are also colorful, as we often are at
times of great joy. Faces to the wind, these women move together, to celebrate
success or support one another in defeat. I have no doubt each of us will
encounter great losses, but together, our shared loss becomes our
understanding, our shared support becomes our strength.”
1993 Artist: Terri Pauls
Alaska Run for Women founder Terri Pauls drew the simple 5-line swish design
of a woman running. Graphic artist Lori Rodgers made it print-ready. The
design was used as the organization’s official business logo until 2007.