Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
4
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
3.9
PRODUCTION
4.1
SWAG
4
The Anchorage RunFest attracts runners from all over the United States and across the globe. The number of participants continues to grow as individual runners and groups both large and small travel to Anchorage to run the fast and flat Anchorage Mile, and our scenic 5K, 13.1 mile, 26.2 mile, … MORE
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    DisneyRunner FIRST-TIMER '19

    I really enjoyed the Anchorage marathon. The event was smoothly executed and volunteers were friendly. There was not much swag other than the shirt, but the medal was nice. The … MORE

    I really enjoyed the Anchorage marathon. The event was smoothly executed and volunteers were friendly. There was not much swag other than the shirt, but the medal was nice. The course was not too hard, however it was EXTREMELY windy during my race and during one portion of the course, it was like running through a sandstorm. Only about a half mile at the beginning and then at the end was on roads. The rest was on paved trails through parks. I wish there had been more port-a-potties on the course. The ones that were there were few and far between. Aid stations had water and Gatorade. A few had fruit, but I wish there had been more. But overall, it is a good race, and if you are trying to run in all 50 states, you definitely won’t regret signing up for this one.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    mindrun41 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was not as nice as I was hoping it would be. The out-and-back course made traffic an issue after the first turnaround because of both the marathon and … MORE

    This race was not as nice as I was hoping it would be. The out-and-back course made traffic an issue after the first turnaround because of both the marathon and half-marathon. With an event of this size and a winding course, this becomes problematic.
    Starting a marathon walk before the run also makes no sense. The course itself is nice and has a nice view of the coastline and goes through wooded areas. It is also very flat aside from an incline at the end.

    Unfortunately, the benefits of the easy course were nullified by poor course marking and traffic. I had to go off-track to avoid some runners who were just listening to music and not paying attention.

    Having run the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon, I recommend that race over this one, despite the more difficult course. It is better organized and has better scenery.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    LHAMPT20 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I loved this race. I traveled about 8 hours (flight time) for this race and it was well worth it to get Alaska checked off. The people in Anchorage were … MORE

    I loved this race. I traveled about 8 hours (flight time) for this race and it was well worth it to get Alaska checked off. The people in Anchorage were very friendly. Everything about the race was easy, registration, packet pick up etc. The city was easy to get around in and very walk-able from most hotels. The course was great and a lot of support. It never seemed crowded even with multiple races going on. I would do it again if I were in the area.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    HalfSpeedQueen FIRST-TIMER '18

    In a year of great races, the Anchorage RunFest has hit the top of the list on all counts. Visiting Alaska is a great perk, but the race was so … MORE

    In a year of great races, the Anchorage RunFest has hit the top of the list on all counts. Visiting Alaska is a great perk, but the race was so well-produced that I would have had the same opinion no matter where it was held.

    1. The race communications were frequent, helpful, and inspirational. There were stories of various race participants, enabling a sense of connection before the plane touched down. Logistics were also communicated on a regular basis.

    2. The bib pick-up and expo furthered the sense of connection. Local merchants and organizations had donated a variety of prizes that filled multiple tables. By visiting each vendor, racers were able to enter into raffles for the prizes. The vendors (including Jeff Galloway himself) took the time to talk to each participant, making me feel welcome. It was the first expo that I truly enjoyed.

    3. The spaghetti dinner included a talk by Jeff Galloway where he gave his insights, as well as answered questions from the audience. It was motivational and made me wish I had signed up for his clinic later that day.

    4. The race itself was under rainy, cool conditions. The path took us past the water and under the cover of green trees and beautiful parks. The course was fairly easy with the only unpleasant part being the hill at the 13-mile mark, immediately before the finish line. There was even a report from a marathon runner of seeing a moose cross the path during the race! Support was generous with many locals showing up along the path to cheer us on. They even had a highly diverse musical selection to encourage us – bagpipers, guitar-player, a drum group and more.

    5. The shirt and medal were beautiful and unique, featuring a color palette that resembled the northern lights.

    6. My only negative comment was that the end of the race did not have many food options for the hungry runner. There were free grilled cheese sandwich halves (which tasted good on a rainy day). But as an out-of-towner, I would have liked a food truck or two so that I could purchase lunch before returning to my hotel. Having seen many food trucks in the area, I think this would be the perfect opportunity for them to make some money and allow runners to replenish their calories.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this race to anyone wanting to enjoy a unique destination with local support and strong sense of inclusion for all runners. I can’t wait to return…maybe to run the marathon next time 🙂

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    DonnaS FIRST-TIMER '18

    The vast majority of the race was on greenways, which is fine, but since I run all the time at home on greenways, I didn't find the course too terribly … MORE

    The vast majority of the race was on greenways, which is fine, but since I run all the time at home on greenways, I didn’t find the course too terribly unique. Being an out and back course, the downhill at the start was great, but running uphill at the finish was not fun. The race was well-organized but this year was the last year for the race director. Hearing Bart Yasso and Jeff Galloway speak at the pasta lunch was great. The shirt and medal are seriously my favorites from any of the around 50 races I’ve run. Post-race showers at the nearby hotel fitness center was a nice perk since I had to check out of my hotel before I finished running.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    5

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '14

    I loved Moose's Tooth Marathon/Big Wild Life Runs (now called Anchorage RunFest). To be fair, I did hear that they shorted their marathon course last year. This review is strictly … MORE

    I loved Moose’s Tooth Marathon/Big Wild Life Runs (now called Anchorage RunFest). To be fair, I did hear that they shorted their marathon course last year. This review is strictly for 2014 which, in my view, was flawless.

    Alaska is a pretty long way away unless you live in the PNW, so let me just preface this review by saying that my husband and I made a little vacation out this one in Kachemak Bay. If you can spend some time up there, DO!

    Back to the race. Sheraton Anchorage was a great spot, walking distance to start, finish, and things to do in the area (didn’t rent a car but have a friend up there who was able to show me the sights outside of downtown – go blueberry picking!!). Make sure you get a slice at Moose’s Tooth pizzeria and if you have the time or the weather is bad, watch a movie at Bear’s Tooth pub.

    Expo: Nicely done, smaller, obviously, because it’s a smaller race. Got my shirt and bib then walked around Anchorage a bit more. The shirt was long-sleeve and a nice color, with very cool graphics. One of my favorites that didn’t go into the make-into-a-quilt-bag.

    Race: It was a little cool and drizzly but actually pretty pleasant on race day. It’s a very low-key race so I just walked down to the start and talked to some fellow runners before we bunched up for the start. The course itself is nice; it had beautiful scenery and ran along pleasant paths by the coast and through some parks. There were some hills but nothing bad. The finish is back downtown at the starting area. It was a nice medal, shaped like Alaska. I ended up winning my age group and got a mug, ribbon, and engraved key chain as well.

    Alaska is one of my favorite states that I’ve visited and run in so far. The scenery is tough to beat and there’s a ton you can do if you can give yourself the time to stay and explore. The race is low-key but well-run with nice swag. If you’re running all 50 states and need Alaska still, sign and up and enjoy this event to the fullest.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    Ymer FIRST-TIMER '16

    The race included a 49 k, full marathon, half marathon and 5 k. They did a great job staging the various races so the course was not overcrowded. The course … MORE

    The race included a 49 k, full marathon, half marathon and 5 k. They did a great job staging the various races so the course was not overcrowded. The course was on a paved trail and lots of support slong the way.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2

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