Anchorage’s premier collection of running races, the August Anchorage RunFest, has been selected the 2016 Road Runners Club of America Road Race of the Year.
Sharron Fisherman, director of RunFest for the Anchorage Running Club since 2009, will receive the award at RRCA’s convention scheduled for early March in Detroit. The August weekend of races include a 49-kilometer ultra, marathon, half-marathon, 5-K, mile and kids’ 2-K. Last year, 2,800 runners participated in the various runs which attract hundreds to Anchorage and enlist scores of volunteers.
“Even though Alaskans know our state is the premier running destination in the country, it’s an enormous honor for Anchorage running races to garner such a national award,” Fisherman said. “Anchorage RunFest attracts nationally caliber participants and thousands of runners from across the state and nation to enjoy our spectacular running trails and wildlife.”
The RRCA is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations dedicated to the growing sport of running since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA supports numerous running clubs and events across the United States.
Anchorage RunFest is sponsored and organized by the Anchorage Running Club, which annually attracts about 500 members who participate in numerous races throughout the year.