Grab Your Running Shoes and Head Out of Town

06/07/2012 Back To Blog

The summer racing season is officially upon us and runners from around the state are lacing up their shoes, starting their stopwatches and anticipating the months ahead for pre-race carbo loading and breaking personal records. Whether you are a novice or a pro, there are many great opportunities to get out of town, jump in a race and run like the wind. We’ve rounded up some of the most fun and challenging runs from around the state near our lodges so you can plan a road-trip, race and then kick up your feet and relax with us after your day of competing.


Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge

In June head to Fairbanks for the biggest celebration in Alaska, the summer solstice! Join hundreds of runners Saturday June 23 for the 30th Midnight Sun Run 10k an annual event that brings out runners from all over the state for six point two miles of running in the midnight sun. Be sure to bring your most creative costume.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Head north to Healy, Saturday July 1, for the Second Run of the Mines, a 10k run sponsored by Usibelli Coal Mine. This fun race benefits the Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Department, promises an exciting course, unique trophies and post race eats. Contact Jane Lanford at 907-687-0769 for race information.

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Saturday June 9th head to the Kenai Peninsula for the Run for the River 5k and 10-mile race in Soldotna. The fun begins Friday evening June 8th with the bib pick up, a free pre-race spaghetti dinner for registered runners and live music. Volunteers will be on hand to answer race day questions and sign up late registers. Learn more about the race on the event site and get registered here.

Join the Rotary of Soldotna for the annual Rotary Unity Run 5k and 10 mile race.  Registered runners receive a t-shirt and buses will be available to transport tired feet the day of the race. Stick around for the post race barbecue.

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

In late July road trip it to McCarthy-Kennicott for the McCarthy Marathon. Twenty-six point two miles of hilly trail running, dirt roads, and spectacular scenery through this historic town site. T-shirts will be given to registered runners, awards will be handed out to top finishers and prizes will be available to all. Join us after to rest your tired feet, relax with a warm meal and retreat to your room after a hard day’s run.