Alaska Distance Classic

In-Person – 8.7.21
Virtually – 7.31 to 8.7


2021 IS ON!

DOUBLE DOWN on the FUN in 2021! Run a 5K, 10K or BOTH at the Alaska Distance Classic! Double-Up finishers earn a special reward. Sticking with the 5K or 10K? No worries, we have special rewards for you too. Root beer floats, anyone?

The Alaska Distance Classic starts at Alaska Pacific University and winds through the beautiful woods that surround the University of Alaska and APU campuses. You have 45 minutes to finish the 5K before toe’ing up to the 10K start line. You can do it!

In tradition with previous years, this event includes awareness and a fundraiser for Special Olympics Alaska. In 2020, this event raised $2,500 despite other challenges. Thank YOU for helping us support this incredible community organization. We look forward to partnering again and highlighting the world-class athletes from SOA, especially in an Olympic year!

NEW this year: welcome NEW BALANCE as an event partner! As a committed partner to community and Skinny Raven, New Balance is a perfect brand to come to the Distance Classic. Stay tuned for opportunities to demo new shoes and check out fresh New Balance apparel, and also WIN big when you support Special Olympics Alaska! Just like New Balance: WE GOT NOW!

Run In-Person
August 7

5K Starts @ 9:00am
10K Starts @ 9:45am

Run Virtually
July 31 to Aug. 7



2021 RESULTS »

Best Deal

Through July 21

5K – $35 | 10K – $40
Double-up – $45

Regular Rates

Through Aug. 4

5K – $40 | 10K – $45
Double-up – $50

Last Chance!

After Aug. 4

5K – $45 | 10K – $50
Double-up – $55

Bib Pickup

Come say hello to us before race day to get your shirt and your bib.


Thursday, August 5
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown


Saturday, August 7
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Alaska Pacific University
Atwood Center Courtyard.

Bib Pickup

Thursday, August 5
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown

Saturday, August 7
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Alaska Pacific University
Atwood Center Courtyard.

In-Person Event

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.

In-Person Location

The in-person Alaska Distance Classic will be held from the Atwood Center on the Alaska Pacific University Campus:
4455 University Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508


Both courses feature a wide road start before visiting the scenic paved multi-use trails around the U-Med district of Anchorage. The 5K has a shorter out and back on Elmore Rd. and diverges from the 10K course at Goose Lake. The 10K laps around University Lake on well packed dirt trails before heading back up to campus on the roads and sidewalks MAP>>

Start Format, Timing, & Doubling Up

The 5k will start at 9:00 a.m. and the 10k will start at 9:45 a.m. While there will be a “Gun” start at the given start time, all participants will have up to 5 minutes to cross the start line. So if you prefer a more distanced and relaxed start you may go any time you’re ready before 9:05 a.m. for the 5k and 9:50 a.m. for the 10k. The fastest runners will be right on the start line for each start, but there will be plenty of space for you to spread your arms and keep your distance while waiting to go.

Your overall and age group ranking times will be based on “Chip Time” so there is no need to press toward the front! However, to be ranked in the top 3 overall you must start with the “gun” start.

Covid-19 Safety – Updated July, 5th.

We are so stoked to be getting out on the trails together, BUT Covid-19 infections are on the rise and at a level in our community that we haven’t seen since the winter  months. We are making some adjustments to our event to help keep our staff and community safe:. We will do our best to provide a safe experience for you. We ask you and our staff to help us by:

  1. Self screening for illness 1 week before and 1 day before our event. Please do not attend our event If you:
  2. Maintaining Appropriate social distance with those not in your known social circle
  3. Maintain sanitation by washing hands or using hand sanitizer during the event
  4. Our staff will be masked throughout bib pickup and the Saturday event when in contact with others.
  5. We ask that you mask up when in the common area of the Atwood Center, face to face with our staff or other participants or anytime you are not actively running as per USA Track & Field policy.
  6. We ask that you grab your root beer float and any other post event refreshment, then spread out on the grass around the Atwood Center to enjoy it so we don’t have a large congregation in the courtyard.

We know we can have a great time and be safe if we all follow these guidelines. We will keep you updated on any changes to our covid-19 policies as the event approaches. View our mitigation plan here.


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, Sports Drink, & Huma Gel 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 up to the start/finish area.

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.

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 participants.

Virtual Event

Run Virtual

The timeline to run your virtual event is July 31st through August 7th, so you can 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. A timeline for mailing packets will be determined as we get a little closer to the event. 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 answers, please click here!


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: 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 or walking on a sidewalk where available and not in the road.  If there is no sidewalk or multi-use trail is available participants must run and walk against oncoming traffic and stay to the side of the roadway.


Changes, Deferments, and Refunds

Because your health and comfort with our event is paramount, we are offering the option to swap between the in-person and virtual events, defer to 2022, or defer to another 2021 Skinny Raven event so long as the request is submitted prior to August 7th, 2021. Click here to manage your registration. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please email our events team at with any questions regarding these policies.



The Dome


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Double Up: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

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