Anchorage — It's almost time to trade in stationary bikes and treadmills for some real outdoor terrain. Saturday marks an important day for cyclists and runners with cabin fever.
The Arctic Bicycle Club will start its road racing season with the Moose Run Time Trial on Saturday, which also marks the last day for runners to register for the Alaska Heart Run's timed race.
It's not too late to sign up for the Moose Run Time Trial, in which cyclists complete a 10-mile course that treks up and down Arctic Valley Road. Online registration is available at https://secure.chainreactioncycles.us/EntryForm/Entry.php and on-site registration is available between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Entry is $18 if registering online and $25 to register in person. On-site registration ends promptly at 10:30 and the race begins at 11 a.m.
Those who want to be timed in the Alaska Heart Run, a popular 5-kilometer foot race that begins and ends at the UAA Fine Arts Building parking lot, must do so by midnight Saturday in one of three ways. They can register online at alaskaheartrun.com, register in person during Saturday's bib pick-up at the King Career Center, or drop a paper registration form in the mail, post marked by April 20.
The Alaska Heart Run, scheduled for April 27, costs $5 for children and $20 for adults and raises money for the American Heart Association. Those registering after Saturday will be assessed a $10 late fee.
Chilly, but sunny weather is forecasted for the Moose Run Time Trial, which is still looking for five volunteers to help with flagging on the course and at the finish line. Volunteers can email inquiries to email@example.com.
Anyone with a broom is also welcome to come out Friday night and Saturday morning to help sweep gravel off Arctic Valley Road before the race in an effort to create safer cycling.