June 102023

Days to Race356

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


  • 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 start line 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 a previous 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 have not participated in the AKRFW may 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


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


  • 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


  • 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!

2023 Honorary Race Starters

Roland Gower, M.D.

We are very pleased to have Dr. Gower as a 2023 honorary starter. It is an understatement to say he played an important role in the creation and ultimate success of the Alaska Run for Women. In 1993 he worked closely with founding race director, Terri Pauls, to organize our first race. He was responsible for raising the seed money to start the event, as well as suggesting that proceeds benefit women’s health issues, specifically breast cancer.

After the inaugural event, Roland was a founding member of the newly organized volunteer board of directors, and he served as president for the first 5 years. He was instrumental in fundraising and helping to get the medical community involved as donors.

From 1975 until his retirement in 2018, Roland was a well known and highly respected breast surgeon practicing in Anchorage. Many of our participants credited him for being a guiding light through their breast cancer journeys. His own mother died of breast cancer after a 10-year battle, and he remains committed to the cause.

In his “spare” time, Roland enjoys upland bird hunting along with his Brittnany pups, spending time with his grandkids, skiing, hiking and fishing.