Alaska Distance Classic

OPA 2 Line

Run 5K, Run 10K or Double-Up!

One of the oldest road running races in Alaska, the 10K Classic is getting a refresh this year. Is 10K too far? Join us for a 5K. Is 10K not far enough? Sign up for the Double-Up. You can run both the 5K and the 10K and earn yourself a special finisher award! The 5K will start 45 minutes before the 10K. So if you plan on doubling up you have 45 minutes to finish the 5K and hit the 10K Start line. Featuring a new loop course on a combination of roads and scenic trail around the UAA and APU campuses.

Bring the kiddos out for the 2K kids run on the Alaska Pacific University Trail System.

Last year the 10K Classic raised over $5,000 dollars for the Alaska Special Olympics. This race raises funds to help this essential community organization.



By 7/10 7/11 to 7/31 8/1 to 8/6
5K $30 $35 $40
10K $35 $40 $45
Double-Up $40 $45 $50
Kids 2K
10 & Under
$20 $25 $30

If you are active duty military, look for the discount opportunity during registration.

The 2016 Alaska Distance Classic will start and finish on the Alaska Pacific University campus in front of Atwood Center. Race day registration and bib pickup will be held in the Atwood Center Courtyard.

Course Map
The 5K has a shorter out and back on Elmore and diverges from the 10K course at Goose Lake. The Kids 2K is run on the ski trails on the APU Campus.

Post Race Party
As tradition holds, we will have root beer floats available for all finishers at the finish line. Overall finisher awards will be held at 11:15am. Age class winners will be announced and can pick out a prize if present.

Bag Drop
There will be a bag check in Atwood Center courtyard. You can drop your warm-ups with race staff. Please clearly mark your bib number on the bag provided, and make sure to label all of your gear with your name.

Parking is available at APU and at UAA, we always recommend carpooling as there is limited parking on the APU Campus and access to APU Parking will close promptly at 8:45am. Please arrive early to allow yourself enough time to find parking and get situated.

One of the oldest races in Alaska, the 10K Classic has a rich racing history with participation by a number of famous runners. Don Clary holds the record time for this race, 28:35 set in 1987. In 1986, Alberto Salazar, who won the 1982 Boston Marathon and was on the 1980 Olympics team, came in second to Don in this race with a time of 29:26.

Safety Policy
For participant safety, and to comply with our insurance, no pets, bicycles, or rollerblades are allowed in the race. Participants running with baby joggers or strollers are asked to start in the back of the field and to be courteous to your fellow runners.

Alaska Distance Classic