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Skinny Raven Half Marathon

Sunday, August 17, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Course Overview

The half marathon is the most popular of the Big Wild Life Runs. In 2013, 1,243 registered and 1,012 crossed the finish line.

The 13.1 mile course begins in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Runners wind through downtown streets and then head out onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail at 2nd Avenue. The course veers east at Westchester Lagoon and continues on the Chester Creek Trail to Goose Lake where runners will loop back toward Westchester Lagoon and downtown Anchorage. The course is USATF certified.

***Marathon and Half Marathon Course Detour

The bridge is out, but we’re still running!

Due to the Westchester bridge collapse earlier this summer, the BWLR racecourse has been diverted to avoid the void in the trail. Racers will make a sharp left turn just before the downed bridge as they exit the tunnel and make their way through the Westchester neighborhood across 13th Avenue and down U Street. Runners will rejoin the trail at Westchester Lagoon with Marathoners and 49k runners taking a right and half marathoners heading left to the Chester Creek Greenbelt. The Marathon course is certified and will remain a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Field Limit

The half marathon field is limited to the first 1500 entrants.


The half marathon starts and finishes at the intersection of 6th Avenue and F Street adjacent to Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage. In the past start time has been 9:30 AM.

Time Cutoff

Half-marathoners must finish by 3:30 PM in order to receive an official time. If runners are not finished by the cut-off time they may finish the run on their own without the benefit of aid stations or finish line support.   

Registration Goodies

  • Long-sleeved technical shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Professional timing
  • Food and beverage at the finish line


Awards are given to the top three over-all male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age group. Awards will be distributed in Town Square Park. All awards are based on gun times -- the time elapsed from the sound of the start gun to when a runner crosses the timing mat at the finish line.

Aid Stations

All aid stations will have water and Gatorade®. The event does not provide food at any of the aid stations; this is a "BYOGu" event, so be sure to pack some with you if needed. Aid stations are located approximately every 2 miles. For exact locations, please see the half marathon course map.

Medical Support

Two medical tents will be available to runners, one at the start/finish and one at Westchester Lagoon. Medical personnel will patrol the entire course and provide medical support as well as transportation for injured runners.

Race Tip: Write your full name, age and emergency contact person and phone number on the back of your bib. This is vital information for medical personnel if you should become disoriented or incapacitated. It’s also a good idea to include any drug allergies or relevant medical conditions.

Beer Garden

Broken Tooth Brewing will provide a beer garden in Town Square Park exclusively for runners 21 and over. Those planning to partake in this well-deserved post-race treat must have a valid ID card on their person as well as their race bib. No one, no matter how old you are, will be admitted to the beer garden without proper ID.   

Post Race Showers

The Hotel Captain Cook has invited runners to shower at the athletic club after the race. The club is located on the lower level of the Hotel, just show your bib at the desk. 939 W. 5th Avenue.

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