Thursday, October 6, 2016

100 Half Marathons - Club Challenge of Fifty States Half Marathon Club - Alaska Running Clubs

Alaska half marathon runners and walkers! Join a great club with lots of challenges to work on, as well as lots of discounts and great members.  Many half marathon runners and walkers out there can’t alway afford to travel around to all 50 states.  The 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ is a perfect alternative!  Join Fifty States Half Marathon Club and work toward your 100 half marathons, and take your time on the other challenges.  All members can work toward all the challenges.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club hosts a big annual meet up in a new state every year, which includes the big annual awards night for all the club members that finish a challenge.  From the 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ to the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, or 50 States Endurance Challenge™, runners and walkers will enjoy a great group of members, with lots of opportunity to meet members at races.  Paint your journey on the cool 100 Half Marathons shirts, designed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club, or the map back design as you work toward 50 states.


Additionally, there is the 500 Endurance Challenge™, the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge™, and the new Canada 10 Provinces Half Marathon Challenge™.  A description of each challenge can be found at the official website of Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Beautiful, classy awards when you finish a challenge!

Join the club and start working toward your 100 half marathons, or 50 states, at

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Anchorage RunFest Skinny Raven Half Marathon in Anchorage Alaska

The August 21st, 2016 Anchorage RunFest Skinny Raven Half Marathon is an out and back scenic course along the Coastal trail, Westchester Lagoon and Chester Creek Trail, beginning and ending in downtown Anchorage, AK.  This course is not walker friendly, having a time cut-off of 3:30.  All participants receive a long sleeve tech shirt, and good post race food is provided at the finish, from grilled cheese, to Great Harvest Bread Company freshly baked bread, and a variety of chips & crackers, along with a beer garden hosted by Broken Tooth Brewing. For a direct link to event, visit the Alaska half marathons page.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mineral Creek Half Marathon in Valdez Alaska

The August 14th, 2016 Mineral Creek Half Marathon in Valdez, AK is a very scenic, rolling course with waterfalls throughout the course along the steep valley walls.  A very inexpensive half marathon run on all unpaved surface, with limited support, but a must do for those who appreciate the smaller quiet scenic courses.  Time limit is 3.5 hours in order to be timed.  For a direct link, visit the Alaska Half Marathons page.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Santa Claus Half Marathon in North Pole Alaska

The August 6th, 2016 Santa Claus Half Marathon in North Pole, AK is a smaller low key, super inexpensive half marathon, held to benefit the North Pole High School's Cross Country Teams and Girls Soccer program.  The course winds through the Chena river flood control area, and there will be a post race BBQ at the finish!  For a direct link, visit the Alaska Half Marathons page.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bearfest Half Marathon in Wrangell Alaska

The July 31st, 2016 Bearfest Half Marathon is a smaller low key, very scenic half marathon, with much of the course along waterfront and lots of opportunity to get a glimpse of wildlife along your run.  The half marathon is walker friendly and is held in conjunction with the Bearfest weekend of events.  For a direct link, visit the Alaska Half Marathons page.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Frank Maier Douglas Island Half Marathon in Juneau Alaska

The July 30th, 2016 Frank Maier Marathon, Douglas Island Half Marathon is an out and back moderately hilly, scenic, USATF certified course with views along the course of mountains, ocean, glaciers and forest, in Juneau, Alaska.  If you're amongst the many who seek out the most scenic half marathons, this is one to add to your bucket list.   The race also has post race food featuring local salmon!  Not many races you will find that at!  The race also offers an early start time for walkers and back of the pack participants who need a little extra time to finish!  For more info, you will find a direct link on the Alaska Half Marathons page.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Race Reviews for Half Marathons in Alaska

Do you have a race review for a half marathon in Alaska?  If so, feel free to submit a half marathon review for consideration!   Here are some great topics runners like to read about in your half marathon review:

Was the race website organized and informative?  Distances visible on home page, full address of location for out of state visitors, city and state visible of non-local participants, details about course, critical info easily found, etc.

Was the race well organized?  Packet pick up, expo, start time, timing, support?

Did this race have an expo, or just a small packet pickup?

Were enough volunteers recruited? How was on course support?  Enough food?  Enough water?

How was the post race party?  Good food? Music?  Enough food?  Enough refreshments & recovery food or drinks? Describe.

How was the medal? below average? average? excellent?  beyond excellent, pretty cool?
Do you have a photo to share of your bling to include?

How was the swag?  Any awesome swag?  Brand of shirt?

How was the cost of the race compared to most half marathons?  about average, a great deal, way too expensive for the swag, bling and support that was provided, well worth the cost for the swag, bling, post race party and support received?

Was this a small race, a medium sized race, or large race?

Was the course scenic?  What was the highlight of the course (or highlights of the course)?
What made the course fun (or totally boring)?
Do you have any good scenic course photos to send us?

Describe the course.  Was it flat?  Rollers the whole way?  Flat with one big monster hill?  All up?  All down?  All up then all down? etc.  Was it shaded?  Trees, dessert, mountainous, city streets, all neighborhoods, through a park, etc?

We love to hear from our half marathon runners about all the half marathon races out there that you love, like, or didn't care for, and appreciate your feedback.  We may share your review in multiple locations such as our half marathon blogs, or possibly even on  You can ask to be published anonymously if you'd like, but we do need your information in order to publish.

Happy Running!