Days to Race248
Days to Race248
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 courtesy of The Alaska Club, bouncy houses courtesy of PET/CT Center of Alaska, face painting courtesy of Imaging Associates, and more. A special door prize will be given to one lucky Run participant! Enter the drawing to win a free trip for two to Maui courtesy of Alaska Airlines and Ho’oilo House! Your bib has a tear away section with your bib number on it. Write in your name and drop it in the entry box near the sound stage. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. Drawing following the Awards Ceremony. WINNER of 2019 trip to Maui: Jacey Matson; 2018 trip to Maui: Tammie Ritner!
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.
An elite corral is reserved for runners who completed the 2019 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 2019 event can email firstname.lastname@example.org with documented race results to petition for access to the elite corral.
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 email@example.com
ON THE COURSE
ON THE INFIELD
It is our honor and privilege to have Kikkan Randall and Aelin Peterson Allegood as the 2019 Alaska Run for Women honorary race starters!
Kikkan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 31, 1982. She grew up in Anchorage and attended East Anchorage High School, graduating in 2001. While at East, Kikkan was a multisport athlete in cross-country running (3-time Alaska state champ), Nordic skiing, and track (800m state champ, 1998; 1600m state champ, 1999; 1600m, 3200m state champ, 2000, 2001). Even though all of her high school state titles came in running, her true passion was in the sport of Nordic skiing, a sport she initially joined to stay in shape for cross-country running. After graduating from East High, Kikkan was heavily recruited by all of the major college ski programs. However, she chose to stay in Anchorage and attend Alaska Pacific University where she competed for the APU Nordic Ski Center. Kikkan wasted no time ascending to the upper echelon of Nordic skiing in the United States and qualified for her first Olympic ski team in 2002. She would go on to make the Olympic team four additional times in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018, eventually winning a Gold Medal in the freestyle team sprint at the 2018 Olympic Games with teammate Jessie Diggins. Kikkan also won a bronze medal in the freestyle sprint in the 2017 World Cross Country Ski Championships, a silver medal in the same event at the 2009 World Cross Country Ski Championships, and was a member of the freestyle sprint team that won Gold at the 2013 World Cross Country Ski Championships. Kikkan was part of the first-ever U.S. team to win a world cup team sprint event, and is the first U.S. cross-country skier to win a World Championship gold medal and an Olympic gold medal (with Diggins). From 2011-2014 she was ranked in the top 10 in the world in the cross-country sprint discipline and has posted six top ten finishes in the Olympics, and is a 17 time U.S. National Cross-Country Ski Champion. Kikkan has also won the Alaska Run for Women three times (2007, 2012, 2017)
Kikkan is the daughter of Ronn and Deborah Randall. She has a brother, Tanner, a sister, Kalli, and she and her husband Jeff have one child, Breck. Kikkan is the niece of U.S. Olympic Nordic skiers Chris Haines (1976) and Betsy Haines (1980). She is also the lead U.S. Ambassador for Fast and Female, an empowerment workshop program for young girls.
Perhaps exceeding her impressive Nordic skiing credentials, Kikkan Randall is also a breast cancer survivor! She was diagnosed in June 2018 at the age of 35, just a few short months after her Gold Medal in the 2018 Olympics. By all accounts, Kikkan, her family, her close friends, and all of her supporters have made it through to the survivor side of breast cancer. She is back to skiing, being a wife and mom, and being the same Kikkan we all know and love.
Aelin Peterson Allegood
Aelin was born in Unalakleet, Alaska on June 7, 1974. She attended West Valley high school in Fairbanks and was the top high school nordic skier in Alaska earning the Alaska State Skimeister award in 1991 and 1992. After high school, Aelin attended Northern Michigan University, majored in economics, and continued her nordic skiing career. She competed in the Junior National Ski Championships between 1992-1998 and earned 5 gold and 4 silver medals. She was the number one ranked junior female skier in the the U.S. in 1993 and 1994. Aelin was a member of several US national teams including the World Cup Nations Group, Europa Cup Travel Team, and the World University Games Team. After graduating from college, Aelin worked as a stock trader in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but left a lucrative position there to again pursue championship-level skiing and make a run at qualifying for the Olympics which she did in 2002. As a member of the US Olympic Nordic Ski team, Aelin competed in four events at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She retired from ski racing in 2005 but remains involved in promoting health and fitness in Alaska. She does fundraising work for the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and was a member of the organizing committees for the 2008 and 2017 Nordic Distance Nationals and the 2013 Junior Nationals in Fairbanks. Aelin is a past president of the Tanana Valley Youth Sports Foundation and has been a regular motivational speaker in the Fairbanks schools as well as a Healthy Futures Spokesperson. Aelin and her husband, Luke, have two children: son Brecken and daughter Day. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017 at the age of 43, and her journey has inspired many.