Alaska Distance Classic




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

The Alaska Distance Classic is back! 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.

Last year the Alaska Distance Classic raised over $2,000 dollars for Special Olympics Alaska. This race raises funds to help this essential community organization.


AUGUST 1, 2020

5K Starts @ 9:00 a.m.
10K Starts @ 9:45 a.m.


2019 Results »

Best Deal

Through July 8th

5K – $35 | 10K – $40
Double-up – $45

Regular Rates

Through July 22nd

5K – $40 | 10K – $45
Double-up – $50

Last Chance!

Through August 1st

5K – $45 | 10K – $50
Double-up – $55

Root beer floats for all finishers!
Military discounts available during the registration process.
There is race day registration; it will close promptly at 9:30 a.m. so be there early.

Bib Pickup

Come before race day to get your shirt and your bib. It’s always nice to save yourself from standing in line on race morning.


Thursday, July 30th

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown


Saturday, August 1st

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Atwood Center Courtyard
Alaska Pacific University

Bib Pickup

Thursday, July 30th
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown

Saturday, August 1st
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Atwood Center Courtyard
Alaska Pacific University


The 2020 Alaska Distance Classic is held on the Alaska Pacific University campus and will stage at the Atwood Center courtyard. Race-day registration and bib pickup will be held in the Atwood Center courtyard.


The 5K has a shorter out and back on Elmore and diverges from the 10K course at Goose Lake. MAP>>

Athlete Updates

You can sign up to receive email or text updates from split points and the finish for a participant. Go to the following link, search to find your participant and click on “Results Notifications.” RESULTS NOTIFICATIONS>>

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.


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.

Bag Drop

There will be a bag check outside the Atwood Center in the upper deck of the 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.


Aid Station 1 – Mile 1.2 of the 5K and Mile 2 of the 10K
Aid Station 2 – Mile 3.75 of the 10K
Water, Gatorade, Huma Gel & m&m’s will be available.


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.

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.


The Dome


2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Double Up: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Race Records
28:35 – Don Clary 1987
32:40 – Anne Hannam 1988