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With more than 2,200 signed up, Alaska Run for Women has entries from all but three states

  • Author: Beth Bragg
  • Updated: June 10
  • Published June 10

Elite runners leave the start line of the 2016 Alaska Run for Women. (Bob Hallinen / ADN archive 2016)

Iowa, Mississippi and Wyoming, where are you?

Those are the only states missing from the entry list for the 28th annual Alaska Run for Women, which by going virtual this year has been able to open entries to women and girls all across the country.

More than 2,200 have signed up for the popular fundraiser that supports breast cancer charities, including people from 47 states and the District of Columbia.

“We heard tonight someone registered from Delaware because they wanted to help us capture all 50 states,” race spokeswoman Nance Larsen said earlier this week.

About 10 percent, or 225, of those registered are survivors of breast cancer.

Since the race is virtual, it’s running for eight days from June 20-27 — eight days because statistics show that one out of eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis.

Participants have their choice of a 5-mile run or a 1-mile run. Registration is open until the final day of the race June 27. In lieu of an entry fee, participants are asked to make a donation — $25 is suggested, but so far donations are averaging $37, Larsen said.

“We are overwhelmed with the amazing community support for the virtual event,” she said. “We had no idea what to expect and the response has simply been incredible, far exceeding our estimates for participants and donations.”

People who pre-ordered race merchandise can pick up their purchases on Thursday, June 18, from 4-7 p.m. at the Alaska Club West. Masks are recommended.

The Providence Imaging Center’s mobile mammography truck will be on site, providing screenings for those who sign up in advance by calling 907-212-3151. There will be COVID-19 pre-screening on site prior to all appointments, Larsen said.

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