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Virtual Event Details: June 12-19, 2021

The Alaska Run for Women will again stay apart so we can play a part in the fight against breast cancer, moving forward with a second annual virtual race for 2021!

Last year’s virtual event was a tremendous success with participation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2021, the event will again span 8 days allowing participants to choose a day and a way that works best for them – walk, run, hop on a treadmill or go for a hike.

Stay tuned for more detailed information on the event, registration, daily promotions, fun challenges, etc.

We are committed to supporting our mission of breast cancer awareness, education, research and prevention. While we may be virtual this year, there is nothing virtual about breast cancer. Thanks to our runners and walkers, and our donors, we will continue our grant awards program in 2021.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and to show our support we are celebrating in a variety of fun ways for 8 days from June 12-19!

What Is a Virtual Run/Walk?

A virtual race means running or walking from any location you choose at any time during the event dates from June 12-19. Run or walk on the trail, the treadmill, on a track or wherever you choose (following local and state mandates and distancing guidelines). Your choice, your time, your race. Run in Alaska or have friends and family from anywhere across the US register and join the fun.

Where can I run/walk?
Wherever you choose, but you must follow local and state mandates and distancing guidelines in place at the time of your event and follow all rules of the roads, trails or venues you run/walk in.

Do I have to complete the distance all at one time?
This is your event. Set your own goal and go out and accomplish it! That can be completing the distance in one segment or breaking it up into multiple segments.

Will the event be timed?
This year is an untimed 5-mile or 1-mile run/walk. All levels of walkers, runners and joggers are welcome.

How will people know I’m in the virtual run?
Your registration comes with a downloadable bib and back tags that you can wear on the day you participate.

Can I do something other than running or walking?
Our event insurance requires participation be either running or walking.

Rules and Safety

  • Participants must follow local and state mandates in place at the time of the run (i.e. social distancing, face covering requirements, etc). 
  • Participants will only participate if medically able and properly trained.
  • Participants must follow all pedestrian safety ordinances including running on a sidewalk, multi-use trail, or running track where available and not in the road. Additionally, participants must follow the rules of the road if no sidewalk, multi-use trail, or running track is available and run against oncoming traffic and not with traffic. 
  • Participants must agree to abide by any decision of race officials relative to any aspect of her participation in this virtual event. 
  • Participants agree to not use the usual AKRFW race day course as this is not pedestrian safe without the usual road closures and police escorts. 

Why Should I Register?

  • Make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Every dollar you donate when you register goes directly to the fight against breast cancer. The Alaska Run for Women has granted over $5.2 million in the past 28 years and supported thousands of mammograms for uninsured or underinsured women throughout Alaska.
  • Show your support for those who have been touched by breast cancer in some way: a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or that person you have never met. 
  • To have a great time! The event week will be filled with fun challenges and ways for you to show your support for the fight against breast cancer.

How Will This Be Like Past AKRFW Events?

While we cannot experience all of the fun of race day together in one place we are bringing much of the event to participants and the community virtually. Look for the schedule of virtual events and challenges throughout the weeks leading up to and during race week. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check your email for regular newsletter updates.

Will There Be Run Merchandise?

Official 2021 Alaska Run for Women merchandise is available by online ordering soon. There will be in-person pick-up in Anchorage and for those who chose not to pick up, orders will be shipped. Every item purchased helps support the fight against breast cancer. 

Where in the World Is PeaRL?

Stay tuned for the return of Where in the World is PeaRL, our Pink Running Lady mascot!