Alaska Distance Classic



2020 UPDATE!

The Alaska “Social” Distance Classic is past due for an event update! With our typical venue under construction, and one in-person event under our belts now, we have developed a fun plan for the 2020 event.

On August 1, we are opening a virtual, RUN ANYWHERE 5K, 10K, and Double-Up event and fundraising challenge. The AKDC is an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Alaska, we will continue to highlight your opportunities to donate and support this great community organization.

On August 22, we will culminate the “Social” Distance Classic with an chip timed, open start format 5K, 10K and Double-Up. Start on your schedule, anytime between 9a and 12p. If you’re doing the Double-Up, YOU choose what event to start first!

Staging at Point Woronzof Park each course will run a different direction on the Coastal Trail. With a challenging 5K and a flat, fast 10K, doing the Double-Up will be extra satisfying. Each course will have it’s own start and finish and if you are doubling up, you can decide which event to run first.

Registration will be updated and opened on Friday, July 24th at 12pm. For those of you signed up already, your registration will be converted to a virtual registration, and you will need to opt-in to the in-person event. You will also see your other options for changing your registration on that page.

We will be operating with a municipality-approved COVID-19 mitigation plan. You can expect emails and information about what steps we are taking to host a safe event, and your responsibilities for safe participation.

We are excited to try another new in-person event format and continue to support the amazing work that Special Olympics Alaska does for our community.

We hope to see you soon!

Run Virtually
Aug. 1 to 22

Run In-Person
Aug. 22

Start any time between 9am and 12pm


2020 Results »

Best Deal

Through July 15th

5K – $35 | 10K – $40
Double-up – $45

Regular Rates

Through Aug. 5

5K – $40 | 10K – $45
Double-up – $50

Last Chance!

Through Aug. 22

5K – $45 | 10K – $50
Double-up – $55

Bib Pickup

Come before race day to get your shirt and your bib. We’ll be doing it in the open air outside the Downtown Store. 


Thursday, August 20

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown


Saturday, August 22nd
In-Person Participants Only
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Point Woronzof Parking Lot

Bib Pickup

Thursday, August 20
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown

Saturday, August 22
In-Person Participants Only
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Point Woronzof

In-Person Location

The in-person Alaska Distance Classic will be held at Point Woronzof Park – 9700 Point Woronzof Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502

Run Virtual

All current entries will be converted to virtual entries. The timeline to run your virtual event is August 1 through July 22, so you can all finish at the same time as the in-person event.

Easy steps to having an awesome virtual event:

  1. Log into your RunSignup profile and view and/or download your personalized virtual bib.You will also receive a real, paper bib with registration.
  2. Complete your distance(s)! You can run your favorite route on the trails, in your neighborhood, at the gym, or under the late night sunset.
  3. Post your finish(s). You can do this from the manual results upload at this link. (Using this method, you can indicate that you finished, but choose not to input your time)
    Or you can use the RaceJoy app to track your 5K or 10K (Double-up participants must be uploaded manually). This fun app allows you to:
    • Automatically track your progress and distance on any course you choose.
    • Automatically post your results to the online event results
    • Allow your family and friends to track your progress and send you cheers.
    • Hear GPS progress alerts and pre-set cheers as you complete along your route
  4. Download your finisher certificate on personal your results page.
  5. Join us for packet pickup to get your shirt Or select free shipping and your bib and shirt packet will be mailed to you. We’ll be mailing packets each Monday starting August 3rd. For double-up registrants, we’ll ship your bib, shirt, and double-up medal once you have posted your 5K, 10K, and Double-up results.

For Complete virtual FAQs aswers, please click here!


Run With Us!

We are super excited to be planning to see you in person! Our chip-timed, in-person event will be hosted at Point Woronzof Park. The 10K course will run out to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to the south and the 5K will run to the north

Open Start Time!

In order to maximize social distancing and minimize congestion, we are trying an “open start” format for the first time. You can start your event any time between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. If you are doing the Double-up you must start both of your races before 12:00 p.m.


First and foremost, your safety and that of the staff is front of mind for us as we plan our return to in-person events. There are 4 primary drivers of our approved COVID-19 mitigation plan that allow us to host this event.

  1. Self screening for illness (staff and athletes)
  2. Appropriate social distance
  3. Sanitation
  4. Minimizing contact between athletes and athletes and staff
  5. Race day COVID-19 survey and temperature check.

We know we can have a great time and be safe if we all follow these guidelines. But we can only be allowed to host this event if we adhere to Anchorage COVID-19 regulations. Check back here for our comprehensive safety guidlines and policies. We will also be emailing participants regularly with this information and any updates to it.

Starting Process

You will arrive and check in, and be directed to your start. There will be a separate start line for each distance, operating at the same time. You will start and finish your respective distance in the same place. If you are doing the Double-up you will start and finish each course separately. If there are lines to wait to start, social distancing will be observed. Family groups can start together.

Aid Stations

5K – There will be an aid station at the turnaround
10K – There will be 1 aid station on the 10K course that you will pass twice.

Aid stations will have 8oz bottles of Clear Alaska Glacial water and Huma Gel.

Bag Drop

There will be no organized bag drop at this event. Plan to leave items in your car shortly before you start.’


The Point Woronzof parking lot will fill up quickly and we’d love to leave some space for regular weekend visitors. There is space on the shoulder of Point Woroznzof Rd. south of the parking lot to park. Please be conscientious and park well on the shoulder and do not impede the driving lanes.

Travel from out of Alaska

For those of you who may be making the Hightail Half part of a trip to Alaska, we MUST ensure we are all abiding by Anchorage’s Covid-19 Travel restrictions. Please review them here.

Keeping us Safe

View our Coronavirus mitigation here.

Start Area Layout

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>>


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.

Virtual Event Safety Policy

Participants must abide by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and attest to having read the CDC’s guidance at:  Participants must also follow local, state and federal regulations regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19 for their region. Participant must abide by all pedestrian safety ordinances including running on a sidewalk where available and not in the road.  If there is no sidewalk or multi-use trail is available participants must run against oncoming traffic and not with traffic.

Changes, Deferments, Refunds

Because your health and comfort with our event is paramount, we are offering the option to swap to a different event, defer to 2021, defer to another Skinny Raven event , or request a refund. We don’t want anyone who may be ill, at risk, or associated with those who are ill or at risk feeling pressured to participate because they cannot make changes to their registration or request a refund. Please email our race directors at with any questions in this regard.


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