June 102023

Days to Race356

In-Person Race Day Details: June 11, 2022 (Check back for June 10, 2023 race details!)

Distances

  • 5-mile timed & untimed
  • 1-mile untimed
  • Start/finish: UAA Campus

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 Anne Marie Moylan
  • 7:55 a.m. Survivor group photo under finish arch
  • 8:00 a.m. Staging all events
  • 8:20 a.m. National Anthem by Vivienne 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 and strollers
  • 10:15 a.m. Zumba workout with Suzy Spackman
  • 11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony begins!
  • 11:30 ish Door Prize Drawings (must be present to win) and Annual RFW Raffle Drawing (you DO NOT need to be present to win)

Race Day Festivities/Door Prizes

Join the festivities with family and friends before and after the race! Yoga warm-up, free Kaladi coffee, free snow-cones at Murray Orthodontics tent, photo booth at Imaging Associates tent, refreshments post-race including Great Harvest Company, Zumba workout, and the awards ceremony honoring elite runners and breast cancer survivor competitors.

Special door prizes will be given to lucky Run participants! Enter the drawing to win a free trip for two to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies or a 90-Day Gold Family Membership from The Alaska Club! 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. 

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.

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 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 run@akrfw.org 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 rooftop.

If you are interested in providing entertainment on the course, email run@akrfw.org

PRERACE

  • Yoga warm-up with Anne Marie Moylan
  • National Anthem by Vivienne Grenier

ON THE COURSE 

  • Melissa Fischer – Jazz Mom
  • Folk Music & Jugglers – Jim & Denise Kerr, Carole Ann & Jim Wolfe
  • Rick Zelinsky & Mark Manners Jazz Combo
  • Anchorage Scottish Pipes & Drums
  • Tomodachi Daiko Drummers
  • Knock on Wood, Marimba Ensemble
  • Linda Sahara Belly Dancers

ON THE ROOFTOP 

  • April Powers and Mark Murphy are back in the announcer’s booth!
  • Alaska Career College Massage Therapy Student Sports Team
  • Suzy Spackman, The Alaska Club – Zumba workout
  • Be sure you visit all the booths hosted by our donors and grantees!

2022 Honorary Race Starters

Carol Seppilu

Help us welcome ultra, mountain, and trail runner Carol Seppilu as an honorary starter for both the virtual and in-person events. Carol is a life-long Alaskan living in Nome who works as the IÑUA Outreach Coordinator for Norton Sound Health Corporation, focusing on suicide prevention and wellness in the Bering Strait Region.

Carol started running with a 2-mile goal in 2014, and says that as she reached each mile goal she found herself wanting to go farther and farther. Her favorite race is the Resurrection Pass Ultra. She completed her first ultra 50-miler there in 2017 and her first 100-miler in 2020.

She has been recognized and awarded for her many achievements including being named Most Inspirational in the Crazy Lazy Mountain Race in 2021, Alaskan of the Week from Senator Sullivan in 2018, and the Hannah Paul Solomon Woman of Courage Award from the Alaska Federation of Natives in 2020.

In addition to running, hiking, climbing mountains and generally spending time outdoors Carol loves to write and make fry bread. Last year she participated virtually in the Alaska Run for Women and we look forward to her in-person participation this year.

She offers this encouragement to our participants, “May we all carry the spirit of the strong and resilient women in our lives both past and present. Keep putting one foot in front of the other in honor of each other.”

Beth Bragg

We are pleased to introduce our second honorary starter, longtime ADN sports editor Beth Bragg. Beth recently retired after 35 years as a sports writer and sports editor at the Anchorage Daily News. 

She attended four Winter Olympics and wrote about a wide range of sports over the years, often shining a bright light on women and girls. 

She has collected journalism awards at the statewide, regional and national level and recently received the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s 2022 Joe Floyd Award for significant and lasting contribution to Alaska through sports. 

The Alaska Run for Women was the source of endless material for her, from pre-race stories about breast cancer survivors to post-race stories about champion athletes. She has written about the race’s great champions — Chris Clark, Kristi Waythomas, Kikkan Randall, Anna Dalton — as well as many of its cherished survivors, including Mary Marsolais, Lisa Keller, Mary Flanigin and DeeDee Jonrowe.

For decades Beth and her notebook were a familiar sight around Anchorage sidelines and finish lines. She witnessed some of Alaska’s greatest sports moments, and the Run for Women was always one of her favorite assignments. “It’s a blast of pink that never fails to inspire,” she said. “It’s a celebration of health and hope that makes it one of Alaska’s most special events.” 

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