Hightail Half and Quarter Marathon

Anchorage, AK

June 22 Update

We can’t say thank you enough for your patience as we developed a plan for the 2020 Hightail Half + Quarter Marathon. These are unique circumstances and your health is our priority (in more ways than one!).

With that, we are happy to announce that Anchorage Parks & Recreation has approved our COVID-19 mitigation plan and we will be hosting an in-person Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon, in addition to a virtual event.

  • IN-PERSON*: Join Team Raven on Sunday, July 19 for a modified, in-person Hightail event. We will have a cap of 200 total people, participants will chose a start wave time, and waves will spaced out and limited to 20 starters each. We know the party is the shining star at this event, but we will have to limit start and finish line activities to minimize crowd sizes in order to adhere to social distance policies. But we promise to make you feel special!
  • VIRTUAL: Run your own course on your own time between ! Use the Race Joy app to track your event or simply track your own time & distance and log your results by EOD Monday, July 20.

We’ll continue to offer exclusive swag and goodies for participants ~ stay tuned for previews of unique apparel, accessories and more event information.

At 8:00am on Wednesday, June 24th, we will open the registration form for in-person registration and for existing participants to tell us what you would like to do (virtual, in-person, deferment, etc.) Please visit this link at that time to make your decision as well as the view the process to change your registration to the in-person event. Again, the in-person event will be capped at 200 people and will have wave starts to minimize crowding.

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.

We are so excited to finally have some clear answers about what we can do for you. And we will continue to find ways to create a fun and rewarding event for you!

~ Team Raven

July 12 to July 19, 2020

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Start @ 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


2019 RESULTS »


By December 31 – $110
By Feb 26 – $120
By May 20 – $125
By July 17 – $125
At Expotique – $155


By December 31 – $100
By February 26 – $105
By May 20 – $110
By July 17 – $110
At Expotique – $130

Packet Pickup



Wednesday July 15th
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
@ Skinny Raven Downtown



Saturday July 18th
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
@ Skinny Raven Downtown


Packet Pickup

Wednesday July 15th
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
@ Skinny Raven Downtown

Saturday July 18th
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
@ Skinny Raven Downtown

Run Virtual

All current entries will be converted to virtual entries. The timeline to run your virtual event is July 12 through July 19th, so you can all finish at the same time.

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 your name on it at packet pickup.
  2. Complete your distance! 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 to earn your finisher pint. 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. 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 swag, bracelet, and flute! Shipping to domestic US addresses is included if needed.


Run With Us!

We are super excited to be planning to see you in person! Our in-person event will be hosted at Westchester Lagoon. The course will run out to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, past Point Woronzof and back We will start members of both the 1/2 and 1/4 marathon together in multiple waves of 20.

Start Time & Waves

The event will start at 8:00 a.m. We will send 10 waves of 20 people separated by 3 minutes.

Your wave will be called to the start corral where you will chose a starting space. Each space has been marked out to maintain appropriate social distance.


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 & athletes and athletes and staff.

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.

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.


Part of the fun of the Hightail Half is the sweet pack of goodies that you come with your entry. Here is was this year’s package includes:

  • The classic, commemorative event t-shirt
  • Your sweet custom finisher bracelet design and handcrafted by local artist Middle Child Designs
  • Your mimosa flute
  • Your mimosa (We’re working on how to do this for you, but we’ll come up with something fun so you can celebrate)
  • A $20 Skinny Raven Sports gift card for Brooks Apparel
  • A commemorative 2020 event poster
  • A hip Hightail Half drawstring bag
  • Sweet Caribou macaron pack to reward your hard effort
  • Half Marathon Only: Nuun and Huma Gel nutrition package to get you though the long one!


While some things are changing, others remain the same – like exclusive apparel and swag for you, Hightail participant! But instead of one day, you’ll have an entire week to shop the Hightail Expotique at our downtown Skinny Raven Sports location. Check out new styles from Brooks Running, new offerings from the Camp Collection, and more! Use your $20 off one piece of Brooks Apparel coupon to get a new ‘fit for your run day, or as a treat for a job well done. The Expotique launches July 11!

Awards & Prizes

Merchandise prizes will be given to the winner in the following age groups in each in-person race: 0-10; 11-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 80+.

A fun selection of random prizes will be given out to finishers of the both the virtual and in-person events.


Training Group – Starts May 1

Do you want to join fellow ladies training for the Hightail Half Marathon? Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. No matter what your goals are, you will be guided to success by Skinny Raven’s expert coaches. Beginning on May 1st, you can choose between either of two training sessions held each week – one in the morning and one in the evening. Select which one fits your schedule best from either 6-7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays or 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. In addition, a single group long run will be Saturday from 8-9:30 a.m. on Saturdays

Members of the Hightail Half Training Group get a $35 discount on race registration.Your training package includes a training program, 2 coached sessions a week, a training group shirt from Brooks, and a custom bottle from Nathan Hydration. The group is limited to 150 participants. So register early if you would like to join the fun! Add the training group to your event registration . If you have already registered for the event and want to join the group, email the coaches for the discounted rate.

You can train with the group even if you aren’t planning on doing the event. To sign up for the training group only click below:

Training Group Only »

If you have questions, click here to email our head coach.

Athlete Updates

ATHLETE UPDATES » To sign up for athlete updates. Search for the participant name, click “Results Notifications” and enter your phone or email to receive updates from split points on the course for your athlete.

Bag Check

We are currently evaluating a bag check and how to do it safely while minimizing staff/participant interaction


Parking will available throughout downtown in the streets and parking garages. There will be no parking along the race route on N St. or 9th and 10th Streets between L Street and P Street. Please respect the neighborhoods and, if possible, park along the park strip east of L St. and in the downtown area.

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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.  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 timing@skinnyraven.com with any questions in this regard.


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