Alaska Run for Women sign-up deadline approaching fast

Beth Bragg

Time and funny team names are running out if you want to join the crowd for Saturday's Alaska Run for Women.

The last day to register for the five-mile timed event is Thursday. Girls and women can sign up online until 5 p.m. that day, or at the 4-7 p.m. bib pickup at the University Center.

Those who want to do the untimed five-mile or one-mile event can register online through Friday, or in person at Tuesday's or Thursday's bib pickups or on race day at Mulcahy Stadium.

The annual race, a fundraiser for breast cancer charities, has attracted 7,000 participants in each of the last three years.

Many enter in unison, blazing their team names across T-shirts. This year's race will feature the Pink Ladies, the Pink Lunachicks and the Pink Salmon; the Breast Friends, the Breast Frenz and Breast Friends Forever. There's the Rack Pack and the Rack Attack; the Bodacious Bookworms and the Bosom Buddies; the Treasured Chests and the Milk Militia.

But it's not all fun and puns. Contingents that go by names like Team Shelley and Team Joan honor women who have died from breast cancer, are battling the disease or have survived it. Their T-shirts are sobering reminders of what Alaska's biggest footrace is all about.

Last year, the Run for Women, which accepts donations in lieu of entry fees, awarded $267,000 in grants to seven organizations. The money helped fund things like mammograms programs, research, outreach and treatment for the uninsured.

As of Saturday, 4,186 girls and women had registered and $133,150 had been raised. Since 1993, the race has generated more than $3.5 million in cash and donated mammograms.

Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn.com or 257-4335.

Join the crowd

Here's how to enter Saturday's Alaska Run for Women:

5-mile timed race

Online -- Register at akrfw.org through 5 p.m. Thursday

In person -- Register at Tuesday or Thursday's bib pickup at University Mall, 4-7 p.m. or or on race day Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium, 6:45-8:15 a.m.

1-mile and 5-mile untimed events

Online -- Register at akrfw.org through 5 p.m. Friday

In person -- Register at Tuesday or Thursday's bib pickup at University Mall, 4-7 p.m., or on race day Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium, 6:45-8:15 a.m.

Saturday's schedule

Mulcahy Stadium and Sullivan Arena

6:45-8:15 a.m. -- Bib pickup and registration for untimed 1-mile and 5-mile.

7:30 a.m. -- Yoga warmup

7:55 a.m.-- Survivor group photo under finish arch

8:30 a.m. -- 1-mile start

8:45 a.m. -- 5-mile timed start

9:00 a.m. -- 5-mile untimed start

9:10 a.m. -- 5-mile untimed party wave

10:15 a.m. -- Zumba workout

10:30 a.m. -- Awards ceremony begin

Join the crowd

Here's how to enter Saturday's Alaska Run for Women:

5-mile timed race

Online -- Register at akrfw.org through 5 p.m. Thursday

In person -- Register at Tuesday or Thursday's bib pickup at University Mall, 4-7 p.m. or or on race day Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium, 6:45-8:15 a.m.

1-mile and 5-mile untimed events

Online -- Register at akrfw.org through 5 p.m. Friday

In person -- Register at Tuesday or Thursday's bib pickup at University Mall, 4-7 p.m., or on race day Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium, 6:45-8:15 a.m.

Saturday's schedule

Mulcahy Stadium and Sullivan Arena

6:45-8:15 a.m. -- Bib pickup and registration for untimed 1-mile and 5-mile.

7:30 a.m. -- Yoga warmup

7:55 a.m.-- Survivor group photo under finish arch

8:30 a.m. -- 1-mile start

8:45 a.m. -- 5-mile timed start

9:00 a.m. -- 5-mile untimed start

9:10 a.m. -- 5-mile untimed party wave

10:15 a.m. -- Zumba workout

10:30 a.m. -- Awards ceremony begin

 


By BETH BRAGG
bbragg@adn.com