Anchorage – Home to the World’s Most Spectacular Marathons and Other Smaller Races
The Visit Anchorage site says it very well when it notes… “With low humidity and summer temperatures that typically top out in the mid-70s, Anchorage is an excellent choice for avid runners who want to incorporate a race into their visit. "
They also note "Anchorage is at sea level, requiring no adjustment to a higher, heart-pumping elevation. There is no hustling through traffic or breathing in car exhaust - as most races take place on Anchorage’s award-winning trail system. Along the paved trails, runners enjoy wooded vistas that open up to expanses of the steely gray waters of Cook Inlet or the rugged peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range.”
2014 will see a number of major and smaller runs hosted in Anchorage. Running in general is a big sport here, in part for the reasons noted above, and we’ve got many great places to train. Part of the trail system, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is very popular with walkers, runners and bikers alike. You can see the diversity of our trail system by clicking on the link to the overall map at the bottom of the blog. Maps are presented in a bit more organized fashion on the Trails of Anchorage website, also found at the end of the blog.
Marathon season begins in February. Highlights for the year include the:
Other fun runs also happen each year. We are really excited about the
We also just learned that the Color Run is returning to Anchorage on June 28th. We are located one block from the start. Guests had so much fun at the Color Run last year - we’re really looking forward to a repeat experience.
11th Avenue B and B is a great place stay while in town for any race. Why? Because you will get a restful sleep the night before in a convenient, quiet location; a fortifying breakfast, lots of fluids, lots of encouragement and if you have special needs, we will help you with those.
For the most up-to-date race list click here (maintained by Skinny Raven) or here (maintained by the Municipality of Anchorage).
For the trail system maps, check out the Trails of Anchorage (organized by area of the city) and the Municipality of Anchorage's overall trail map.
And remember, you don't have to be a runner to participate. Walkers are encouraged too. Whatever your preference, we hope to see you soon, with your shoes on!
Here in the 49th state, we are coming up on the 49th anniversary of the largest earthquake to ever hit the North American continent. I'm speaking of the Great Alaskan Quake, which struck at 5:36 p.m. on March 27th, 1964. With an epicenter located below the Prince William Sound, it measured 9.2 on the Richter scale and lasted over four minutes. At the time, it was the second largest earthquake in recorded history, as measured by seismograph. I was 4 and 1/2 years old. We lived in Anchorage, in Old Turnagain (Turnagain by the Sea), and the neighborhood behind us was lost in the landslide. That's my house in the upper right corner of the photo to the left. My mom still lives in it today.
Like many, many other great places to travel, our beautiful Alaska is earthquake country. It’s a fact that can’t be ignored. Small earthquakes occur here every day and usually go un-noticed. Could a big 1964 style earthquake happen again? It’s not likely, but yes, it could. In the event that a larger quake (as in, one that gets your attention) does occur, it is wise to know the general safety rules to help keep you as safe as possible, during and after. I thought I’d share them with you. Because knowledge is power and being prepared is good.
So here you go. Widely known general guidelines (culled from various credible emergency preparedness websites) include:
During the earthquake:
After the earthquake:
Check for casualties/injuries, attend to injuries, and seek assistance if needed. Help ensure the safety of people around you.
Marilyn Walsh Morgan