June 092018

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Race Day Details: June 9, 2018

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  • 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 with Leslie Kleinfeld 
  • 7:55 a.m. Survivor group photo under finish arch
  • 8:00 a.m. Staging all events
  • 8:20 a.m. National Anthem by Mari Hahn
  • 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 with Suzy Spackman
  • 10:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony begins!
  • 11:30 ish Door Prize Drawing and Annual RFW Raffle Drawing

Race Day Festivities

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 elite runners and breast cancer survivor competitors.

Special activities for the family - a fitness obstacle course, bouncy houses, face painting, and more. A special door prize will be available for one lucky Run participant! Enter the drawing to win a free trip for two to Maui! MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.  WINNER of 2017 trip to Maui: Hazel Ballinger! 

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 2017 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 2017 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
  • Mari Hahn, National Anthem


  • Jazz Mom, Melissa Fischer
  • Folk Music & Jugglers - Jim Kerr, Carole Ann & Jim Wolfe
  • Rick Zelinsky & Mark Manners Jazz Combo
  • Anchorage Scottish Pipes & Drums
  • The SpeNerds
  • Tomodachi Daiko Drummers
  • Knock on Wood, Marimba Ensemble

  • DJ Spencer Shroyer
  • Alaska Career College Massage Therapy Student Sports Team
  • Suzy Spackman, The Alaska Club – Zumba workout

2017 Honorary Race Starters

This year the Alaska Run for Women is selecting 25 honorary starters to acknowledge each of the 25 years of our effort to fight breast cancer. We are assembling a diverse group of 25 breast cancer survivors who have, through the years, shown a commitment to this event and to battling the disease. You will recognize this special group of survivors by the sashes they will wear on race day identifying their status as honorary starters. We thank them for helping in the effort to educate the public on the importance of early detection and the role of research in the fight against breast cancer. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THIS IMPORTANT GROUP ARE CONFIRMED:

Teresa Arnold, Hazel Ballinger, Sheri Boggs, Sally Brownsberger, Carey Carpenter, Cynthia Decker, Mary Flanigin, Issa Forrest, Annette Funk, Dawn Hansen, Mary Katzke, Shirley Keisor, Lisa Keller (elite runner, breast cancer survivor, business owner and 25-year Run for Women volunteer will be the spokesperson for this group on race day), Lorraine Krueger, Peggy Kugel, Deeta Lonergan, Mary Marsolais, Susan Musgrove, Suzanne Niemi, Terri Pauls, Lori Pedersen, Betty Predeger, Carol Waters, Beverly Wooley, and Lesley Yamauchi.

Spotlight on Board Members Who Have Served for 25 Years!

Charlotte Tharp is a long-time Alaska resident and graduate of East High School. She is a founding board member of the Alaska Run for Women and has been a volunteer with the event for 25 years. A CPA by trade, Charlotte has donated countless hours to the board of directors as the organization's Treasurer.

In addition to her board of director duties, Charlotte also volunteers as a race committee member working as a cashier at in-person registrations and race day bib pick-up. In the event's "early days", she recorded times by hand at the finish line and did data entry for registrations and finishers' times. Says Charlotte, "My work as a race committee member has given me a greater understanding of the intricacies needed for staging event logistics."

Like many who participate in the Alaska Run for Women, Charlotte has many friends, colleagues and family members who have battled breast cancer. “It is inspiring to see the growth of this event, made possible only by the many volunteers who participate, and the impact as an organization the race has had broadening the awareness of breast cancer education. It has been an honor to work with so many dedicated people on the board and the race committee, and is such an uplifting experience to see all of the participants and hear some of their stories at the event.”

Kathy Wisthoff, a long-time Alaska resident and graduate of West High School and UAA, has been a member of the board since its inception. She currently shares co-president duties with Karla Kolash, and through the years has also served as vice-president and secretary. Additionally, Kathy has chaired the merchandise committee from the beginning, and is responsible for ordering and selling all merchandise. She has recruited several dedicated family members who volunteer year after year selling merchandise at bib pick-up events and on race day. She also helps keep the website and Facebook page updated, and serves as the unofficial Run historian.

Kathy’s interest in the Alaska Run for Women started because of a family connection to breast cancer. Her mother is a 30 year survivor, and her sister Susie was diagnosed with cancer the year before the Run started. Susie lost her battle with cancer in 1996, and then Kathy’s mother-in-law passed away in 2006 after a breast cancer recurrence. Kathy developed a love of running after getting involved with the event, and has completed 3 marathons, many half marathons, and various other races. She has dedicated herself to fighting breast cancer for as long as it takes, and says that it’s been a privilege to work with so many dedicated volunteers for the past 25 years.

“My passion for this event has never wavered,” Kathy says. “I love seeing and feeling the camaraderie and community support among women every race day. We are fighting for a cure and we do this to honor those we’ve lost, and to support those who have survived. It’s an event that must be seen to be believed!”

Huge Thanks to Special Volunteers

Lisa Keller, born and raised in Anchorage, was recruited by founder Terri Pauls to race and lend her status as a top runner and triathlete in Alaska to the first Run for Women in 1993. She has placed in the Top 15 many times, taking 3rd overall in 1996. Nine years into her tenure with the Run, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, making the race an even more significant part of life. She's the only survivor to place in the Top 15, and every year she has competed since her diagnosis she has been the first survivor across the finish line! She won the overall age-graded survivor division in 2016. Since that first year of helping Terri get the race rolling, Lisa served first as a founding board member, then she handled race timing and results for several years, and has been the chair of the awards committee from the beginning.

Lupe Marroquin, a long-time runner, former elite triathlete and Ironman competitor has served as Director of Ambience since 1993 in that first rebel race at Westchester Lagoon. She was known for the giant balloon arches in the early years of the Run (originating with the Heart Run) transitioning to the current environmentally friendly reusable flagging. She is the person who finds all the fantastic entertainment our participants enjoy along the course and on the infield.