June 102017

Days to Race50

Race Day Details

Race Day - June 10, 2017!


  • 5-mile timed & untimed
  • 1-mile untimed
  • Start:  16th Avenue/Sullivan Arena

  • Finish:  Anchorage Football Stadium track

Event Schedule

  • 6:45-8:15 a.m. Bib Pick-Up; Registration for untimed events only; Merchandise sales
  • 7:30 a.m. Yoga Warm-up
  • 7:55 a.m. Survivor group photo under finish arch
  • 8:00 a.m. Staging all events
  • 8:20 a.m. National Anthem by Zoey Grenier
  • 8:30 a.m. 1-mile run/walk start 
  • 8:45 a.m. 5-mile run/walk timed start
  • 9:05 a.m. 5-mile run/walk untimed start
  • 9:20 a.m. 5-mile UNTIMED PARTY WAVE & STROLLERS!
  • 10:15 a.m. Zumba workout
  • 10:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony begins!


Join the festivities with family and friends before and after the race! Yoga warm-up, free Kaladi coffee, Great Harvest bread, snow cones, water and other beverages, music, Zumba workout, and the awards ceremony honoring runners and breast cancer survivor competitors. Make a day of it! 

Wave Starts & Staging

All participants will be staged based on the race category for which they have registered. Staging will begin at 8:00 a.m. for all events. See start corral map.

It is each participant's responsibility to be in her start corral 30 minutes prior to event start time. Participant bib colors will match the start corral colors as shown on the map. Look for the colored flags in your start area.

  • 8:00 a.m. Staging all events  
  • 8:30 a.m. 1-mile run/walk start | Corral at 8:10 a.m.
  • 8:45 a.m. 5-mile TIMED run/walk start | Corral at 8:15 a.m.
  • 9:05 a.m. 5-mile untimed run/walk start | Corral at 8:35 a.m.
  • 9:20 a.m. 5-mile untimed party wave & STROLLERS | Corral at 8:50 a.m.

Elite Corral

An elite corral is reserved for runners who completed the 2015 Alaska Run for Women in 35:35 or better (pace 7:07/mile). Runners with elite status will enter the starting area via the 1-mile corral and be escorted to the starting line after the 1-mile race is underway. Runners who did not participate in the 2015 event can email with documented race results to petition for access to the elite corral.

Entertainment on Race Day

A big thank you to all the wonderful volunteer entertainers who add fun out on the course and on the infield.

If you are interested in providing entertainment on the course, email

  • Leslie Kleinfeld, Fit for Health – Yoga warm-up
  • Crow Creek Pipes & Drums
  • Folk Music & Jugglers - Jim Kerr
  • Rick Zelinsky Jazz 
  • Spenerds
  • Tomodachi Daiko Taiko Drummers
  • DJ Spencer Lee
  • Alaska Career College Massage Therapy Student Sports Team
  • Suzy Spackman, The Alaska Club – Zumba workout

2016 Honorary Race Starter DeeDee Jonrowe

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, while her father was stationed in Greece, her family moved 20+ times during Lt. Col. Ken Stout’s Army career. DeeDee graduated from high school in Virginia. Her father was eventually stationed at Fort Richardson at which time she attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated with a BS degree in Biological Sciences and Renewable Resources. She worked as a biologist in western Alaska where she met and married Mike Jonrowe 39 years ago.

DeeDee has entered 34 Iditarod Races finishing 31. She’s won numerous other races and received Best Cared for Dogs in every race at least once. She has under her racing belt 16 top 10 finishes with two second place finishes.

She has had some major obstacles in her life. A serious car accident in 1976 killed her grandmother who was beside her. Both were in the ICU for several weeks. After healing she entered and finished the 1997 Iditarod and finished in 4th place. DeeDee was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. After a double mastectomy and 9 months of chemotherapy, DeeDee entered the Iditarod 3 weeks after her last chemo treatment, finishing in 18th place.

Summer of 2015, the Jonrowes lost their entire property and everything they owned in the Sockeye wildfire, saving only her dogs. Just four weeks later her mother died after a brave battle with breast cancer. She also lost her father 3 years ago from melanoma. She was the primary caregiver for both of her parents allowing them to pass peacefully in their own homes.

After finishing the 2016 Iditarod on March 17, DeeDee successfully completed the Boston Marathon on April 18, allowing her to celebrate what would have been her parents 64th anniversary with a new achievement in her career.