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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!

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 the Virtual Alaska Run for Women?

A 5-mile or 1-mile race that you can run or walk from any location you choose at any time during the event week of June 12-19, 2021. Your choice, your time, your race. Run in Alaska and invite family and friends from across the U.S. to register and join you!

Where can I run/walk?
Will the event be timed?
Can I do something other than running or walking?
Do I have to complete the distance all at one time?
How will people know I'm in the virtual run?
How do I Join or Create a Team
How do I Participate in the Virtual Event
How do I Register or Donate?
Where can I run/walk?

On a trail, a treadmill, a track or wherever you choose. Follow local and state mandates and guidelines in place at the time of the event and follow all AKRFW safety rules.

Will the event be timed?

The run/walk is untimed, and all levels of walkers, runners and joggers are welcome.

Can I do something other than running or walking?
Our insurance requirements call for participants to run or walk only.
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. Complete the distance in one segment or break it up into multiple segments.

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.

How do I Join or Create a Team

Visit the Teams page to create your team now! Once a team is created, teammates can join the team when registration opens on April 15, 2021. Each teammate registers individually and joins the team when registering.

  • Teams make up nearly half of the participants in the event!
  • In most years over 50% of the teams have a survivor walking/running with them – that is pure inspiration!
  • The power of the teams is  critically important to this year’s event for fundraising, participation and awareness. You and your team will make a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer.
How do I Participate in the Virtual Event
  • Register or donate at from April 15 – June 19, 2021. There is no set registration fee. The event relies solely on donations, and every dollar makes a difference!
  • When you register you will receive a link to download the 2021 interactive race booklet, your race bib and back tags to wear in honor or memory of a loved one.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and watch for email updates before and during the event.
  • Join us for a Facebook Live start line event on June 12, 2021.
  • Share your race experience on social media by tagging your photos #akrfw2021.
  • Join the social media challenges that will be announced daily on Facebook for a chance to win prizes.
  • Join the Facebook Live finish line event on June 19, 2021 to celebrate your part in the fight against breast cancer.
How do I Register or Donate?
  • Registration opens on April 15, 2021.
  • Register as an individual or join a team: Challenge friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to participate!
  • Lead or join a team.
  • Can’t participate? Consider making a donation to the Run or in support of a team’s fundraising effort.

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.
  • Everybody who registers for the virtual event will be entered in a drawing to win one of these great prizes: A. One of two trips for 2 to Maui on Alaska Airlines with a 3-night stay at Ho’oilo House; B. A one-year Gold Family Membership to The Alaska Club; or C. One of 100 white spruce or paper birch trees provided by International Paper Co.; Arbor Day Foundation; Municipality of Anchorage, Parks & Recreation; and DNR, Division of Forestry. They are 2-3 feet tall and ready to plant in Alaska.

Rules and Safety

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

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.

Race Booklet

Download the 2021 digital race booklet here for all the details regarding the 8-day event.

Will There Be Run Merchandise?

Official 2021 Alaska Run for Women merchandise is available by online ordering here. All orders will be shipped as there is no pick up location. Every item purchased helps support the fight against breast cancer. 

Where in the World Is PeaRL?


Download and print out PeaRL, our Pink Running Lady mascot! Take her on your runs/walks, and post images with #akrfw2021 to let us know where the journey takes you. Play along to win prizes! Many thanks to Pink Diamond Donor Providence Imaging Center for sponsoring the game


Print Out Back Tag

The 2021 Alaska Run for Women’s back tags are sponsored by Advanced Oncology Associates.

You can select from two types:

  • In Honor Of
  • In Memory Of
    Each tag has a place for you to add a name or message in a text field. You can also print them out blank and hand write in the name or message. Be creative and decorate them as you’d like.

Print Out Your Finisher Certificate

When you’ve completed your run, download and print out your Finisher Certificate. Breast cancer survivors click here. Take a selfie of yourself with the certificate sponsored in 2021 by Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers and post it at #akrfw2021. Well done!