AUGUST 19 & 20, 2017
2016 5K start
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Spenard Roadhouse 5K

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Course Overview

The 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) out and back course begins in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Runners begin by heading west on 6th Avenue. They turn right (north) on H Street, then take Christenson Drive down till it meets 2nd Avenue. Runners then head west on 2nd Avenue and onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail till the turnaround point.

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5K Course Map

Field Limit

The 5K field is limited to the first 1200 entrants.


The 5K starts and finishes on 6th Avenue between F and G Street adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in downtown Anchorage. Start time is 10:00 AM.

Time Cut-off

Participants 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

5K medal and shirt front
  • Long-sleeve technical shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Professional timing
  • Food and beverage at the finish line

Spirit of Spenard Costume Contest

This year's 5k will feature a costume race! Dress up in race costumes that exemplify the "Spirit of Spenard" and win prizes!

Costume Contest Prizes:

  • Best Costume Overall:
    Prize: $50 gift certificate to Spenard Roadhouse, an SRH t-shirt & bumper sticker and a GrassRoots Fair Trade goodie bag
  • Best Team Costume:
    $100 total gift certificate to Spenard Roadhouse, SRH stainless steel pint glasses, bumper stickers and GrassRoots Fair Trade goodie bags
  • Most Spirited Runner:
    $50 gift certificate to Spenard Roadhouse, an SRH t-shirt & bumper sticker and a GrassRoots Fair Trade goodie bag

Get creative and have fun!


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.

Sleeping Lady Challenge

Sleeping Lady Challenge Medal

The Anchorage Runfest is one of four Anchorage Running Club yearly events. Successful completion of eligible races in three of these four events can qualify a runner for the unique Sleeping Lady Challenge medal. See more information regarding the Sleeping Lady Challenge.

Race Day Support

See our Race Day Support page for a full listing of course support and finish line amenities.

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