The wind in your hair, the open road ahead, the stunning views - who doesn’t love a good road race? Whether you’re a serious runner or just a dabbler, there are plenty of races to enjoy across Alaska. From the incredible ultramarathon of the Klondike Road Relay to the St. Patty’s Day tradition of the Palmer’s Dash for Gold, check out these 10 best road races in Alaska.
The best-known road race in Alaska is likely the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon. It takes advantage of the longest day of the year for the longest conventional race distance. You can also join in the fun with the half marathon, 4-person marathon relay, or 5K.
The Klondike Road Relay is a race that demands teamwork and endurance. The full race is an incredible 175K, and you can assemble a relay team of anywhere from 4 to 10 runners to cover the distance.
HooDoo Brewing hosts its annual HooDoo Half Marathon in Fairbanks, and every year, it’s a fantastic time. Join in the fun at your own pace with this half marathon that welcomes runners and walkers alike with its 5-hour time limit.
Juneau has its fair share of road races, but one of the favorites is the Glacier 10K. This race happens every March with the option to run the typical 10K or a 1-mile dash.
Join the crowd for Ketchikan’s popular Ken Teune Memorial Stampede. This fantastic 5K welcomes runners and walkers of all ability levels, and it has a one-mile option as well.
There’s a distance for everyone at the Copper River Salmon Runs. Whether you’re setting your signs on the King Salmon Marathon, Sockeye Half Marathon, Coho 10K, Humpy 5K, or Smolt 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, you’re in for a great time.
For any distance you want to run, you can find a road race at the annual Anchorage RunFest. This beloved event offers 2K and one-mile events for kids as well as a 5K, half marathon, full marathon, and 49K ultramarathon.
Who says road races don’t have all the breathtaking views of trail races? Enjoy the epic Alaskan landscape while you race the Prince of Wales Island Marathon. Located in Craig, this beautiful marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
Start off your St. Patty’s Day celebration the right way: with the Palmer’s Dash for Gold. The 5K and 10K road races will burn off all the calories you’ll be replacing later in the day with green beer.
Support Atlanta’s majestic bear population and show your stuff at the Alaska Bearfest. The event features a full marathon as well as a half marathon and a 5K.