Frightening 4K


2020 RACE UPDATE – Oct. 14th.


October is well underway and the days are getting spookier. We’ve finalized our plans for this years Frightening 4K. We’ve had to rework our venue and format to accommodate a smaller event that will take more time to execute. We still have a fun time planned for you and your costume.

We’ll be starting and finishing from the Chuck Albrecht Ball Field complex and running a spooky course through the Campbell Creek Trail toward Lake Otis and back. The start format will be open, You can arrive and start any time in that between 10:30am and 12:00pm. The course will feature a creepy tunnel for you to run through, grumbly haunted culverts, a haunted forrest, and a spooky park. Everyone can pick a treat at bib pickup and we’re loving the shirt this year.



OCTOBER 31ST, 2020

IN-PERSON @ 11:00 A.M.
4K Haunted Course
Limited to 300 Registrants

VIRTUAL EVENT – 10/24 to 10/31


Best Deal

Through Oct. 1

Individual – $35
Team or Family of 3+ – $30 per member

Regular Rates

Through October 21st

Individual – $40
Team or Family of 3+ – $35 per member

Last Chance!

Through October 31st

Individual – $45
Team or Family of 3+ – $40 per member

**Families and teams of 3 members or more will receive $5 off the registration fee once the third member sings up. The first two members will pay full price and then will receive an automatic $5 refund once the 3rd member has joined!

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.

Wednesday, October 28th

3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown

Thursday, October 29th

3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown

Saturday, October 31st

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
At the race start

Bib Pickup

Wednesday, October 28th
3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Skinny Raven Downtown

Thursday, October 29th
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Skinny Raven Downtown

Saturday, October 31st
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Hotel Captain Cook

In-Person Start Format

In order to moderate traffic on the trail and gathering exceeding current limits in Anchorage, we’re going to be using an open start format. You can arrive any time between 10:30am and 12:00pm to head across the start line and onto the course. We are asking our quicker runners, those planning on running under 20-25 minutes to start in the first half hour so we can minimize passing on course.

Run Virtually

If you are already registered for the in-person event and wish to switch to the virtual event, you can transfer yourself via “Manage Registration” on your RunSignup Profile.

  1. The timeline to run your virtual event is October 24 through October 31.

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. 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 bib and trick or treat. First Class Shipping is included in your virtual registration.
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    We will begin mailing packets to virtual participants once event shirts and bibs are in. Please indicate when you register if you would like to pick your packet up or have it mailed to you.
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    Manage your shipping options here. Click “Manage Registration” then “Questions” and “Update Shipping Address”.

For complete virtual FAQs answers, please click here!


We’ll have fun spooky and haunted areas on course, but you’ll get your tricks/treats at bib pickup. 

Costume Contest

As we’ll have a virtual and in-person event, we’re doing a costume contest by photos. If you attend the in-person event, we’ll take your picture at the before you start your event. If you do the virtual event, you’ll need to upload your costume photo to your results page (instructions). We’ll post all photos online and pick our favorites!

Individual – The best costume and first runner-up will receive a prize.
Teams & Families – The best themed costume and first runner-up for teams or families of 3 or more will receive a group prize.


Every runner gets a long sleeve tech tee.


Parking is available in the parking lot at the Chuck Albrecht Softball Complex. If the Chuck Albrecht parking lot fills up, there is extra parking at the Municipality of Anchorage building just to the west across Elmore. There should be plenty of space, but we still encourage car pooling. The best thing is, with an open start, you can take your time getting to the line and you won’t be late!

COVID- 19 & Safety Policies

Our sanctioning body, the USA Track and Field Association, requires us to take certain precautions to validate our sanction and insurance for our event. Furthermore, your help in meeting these standards is essential to keep our event safe and to insure we can continue to hold more in-person events in the near future.

1. We will send a survey the evening prior to the event to:

– Confirm (self-reporting) no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in past 7 days (OR at least 7 days from onset of any COVID-19 infection signs or symptoms AND at least 72 hours since signs / symptoms have resolved).
– Confirm no close sustained contact with anyone who is sick within 14 days of the event.
– Confirm no travel within 14 days of the event to an international location with widespread ongoing COVID-19 transmission as determined by the CDC ( or travel on a cruise ship or river boat.
– Those who cannot confirm the above must not attend our in-person event. For this reason we are committed to being flexible with transfers to the virtual event, deferments and refunds.

2. Competitors who have had a documented case of COVID-19 must have written letter from physician indicating they are cleared to compete.

3. A brief, contactless temperature check will be performed upon entering the starting corral on event day to confirm a temperature of less than 100.4F (38.0 C).

4. It is strongly recommended that individuals considered by the CDC to be “at-risk” not participate in the sanctioned event in any capacity.  This would include:

– Individuals over the age of 65
– Individuals who live in nursing homes
– Individuals with underlying medical conditions, noted by the CDC, which place them at higher risk, such as chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, chronic kidney or liver disease, and individuals who are immunocompromised or live with someone who is immunocompromised.
– If these “at-risk” individuals choose to participate, it is recommended that they get clearance from their healthcare provider.

5. These policies may be updated or changed prior to event day. We will keep you informed of the details via email and website updates.

We submitted a comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation plan to the MOA Parks and Recreation to have our permit approved. There are two things that you, our participants, must do to help us maintain compliance and help us host more of these events in the future.

1. Wear a mask when not actively exercising at our event.

2. Maintain appropriate social distance between yourself and non-household members or others outside your close social group.

– Hang out in or near your car before your event start
– Keep your distance from other while warming up or waiting near the start/finish area
– Respect announcements and instructions during the event
– During the wave starts, please avoid the event route while warming up
– After your event, grab your finisher prize, maintain social distance, and depart the finish area as soon as you can
– We must ask spectators to avoid the start finish area at to reduce the crowd load

Travel from out of Alaska

For those of you who may be making the Shamrock Shuffle as part of a trip to Alaska or who have recently travelled home to Alaska, we MUST ensure we are all abiding by Anchorage’s Covid-19 Travel restrictions. Please review them here.

Dogs, other pets and wheels

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 Safety

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, and Refunds

Because your health and comfort with our event is paramount, we are offering the option to swap to the virtual event, defer to 2021, defer to another future 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. All refund or deferment request must be made prior to October 30th, 2020, after which the option for a refund or transfer will expire.


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