Alaska Global Adventure
September 5–12th, 2020
"Jobs fill your pocket,
adventures fill your soul."
- Jaime Lyn Beatty
We're SO excited to announce our newest Global Adventures location: Alaska! This all-inclusive running adventure will take place September 5th-12th, 2020 and will be a trip of a lifetime!
What to expect on the trip?
Every day we will take you on a trail run through majestic and rugged Alaska. All runs will be around 5-10k in length and have some elevation gain. We use the term “trail run” loosely here, as lots of the time you will be hiking because it’s uphill, or because you just want to slow down and take in the scenery.
After our runs each day, we will eat lunch together, followed by either free time in the afternoon or another adventure such as kayaking or hiking to a glacier. We’ll end the day with dinner and more relaxing.
This is an all-inclusive adventure! That means that ALL the details of planning your trip are taken care of for you by the Vacation Races Staff. Included in the trip are most meals, hotels, transportation within Alaska, park fees, and other adventures included in the itinerary below.
SWAG! Vacation Races always treats you right, but Global Adventures takes it up a notch. Apart from the awesome medal you'll get at the end of the week, you'll also get some great high quality gear and souvenirs that you'll cherish for years to come.
What's not included?
The main thing not included here is your airfare to and from Anchorage, Alaska. All of your meals will be covered except for a few dinners and lunch. Apart from that, the only thing you would be expected to cover is any souvenirs or additional food or drink.
Day 1: Anchorage
You’ll arrive in Anchorage, Alaska by Saturday afternoon and either take a taxi or airport shuttle to our hotel for the first night. We’ll check you in and get everyone oriented for what to expect throughout the week, plus it's your first chance to meet your fellow adventurers! Dinner is included the first night.
Welcome Dinner and Event Check in
Day 2: Anchorage
Famed Hatcher Pass is our destination for today. We'll arrive at Hatcher Pass and run past the mine up to Hatcher Pass overlook and run back to the mine where we'll enjoy a catered lunch and have some time to wander around the grounds. After lunch we'll head out to an Iditarod Experience. We'll see an exciting sledding demonstration, and meet the racing dogs and this season's litter of puppies.
Hatcher Pass & Iditarod Experience
Trail run: 7k; Elevation gain: 600 feet; Point to Point
Day 3: Girdwood
We'll leave Girdwood this morning and head to Whittier. On our way we'll stop and run the Blue Ice Trail and see the salmon swimming upstream on this secluded trail along the highway, with views of Byron Glacier in the distance. Following our run we'll continue to Whittier to experience a 5 hour boat tour on the glacial waters where we are likely to see wildlife while on our tour of the glaciers.
Blue Ice Trail and Glacier Boat Tour
Trail run: 12k; Elevation gain: 400 feet; Point to Point
Day 4: Seward
We'll head to Seward today and drive along the famed Turnagain Arm. This peninsula got its name from Captain Cook himself after commanding his crew to “TURN AGAIN!” every time they went into a cove thinking it was a way out. Today's adventure will include kayaking where you will paddle past driftwood ghost forests from the 1964 Alaskan earthquake to the north beach of Caines Head. This is where we will have our run before heading back to the town of Seward which will be our stay for the next two nights.
Kayak to North Beach of Caines Head from Miller's Landing & run to historic Fort McGilvray!
Trail run: 6k; Elevation gain: 650 feet; Loop
Day 5: Seward
We'll wake up in Seward and run from our hotel on part of the Mount Marathon course. We of course don’t want a trip to the hospital which is located at the base of the finish line. For our run we'll get all the views without the stitches. Once we come down the beautiful Mount we'll enjoy a nice lunch overlooking the Seward waterfront. We'll end our afternoon kayaking on the waters with the local sea life.
Mount Marathon & Ocean Kayaking
Trail run:7k; Elevation gain: 2300 feet; Loop
Day 6: Homer
We leave Seward today and head south towards Homer. We’ll sightsee along the way before we make a stop at Diamond Gulch. Remember when your mom threatened to make you walk home if you don’t keep asking “are we there yet?” Well today is your lucky day. You get to run to your hotel on an amazing trail along the coast until you reach the beach. We'll end the run a few blocks from our hotel at a state beach park. After some time to clean up we'll shuttle you to the boardwalk where you will enjoy some time on your own for dinner and sightseeing. Stop by the Salty Dog Saloon and hang some $ on the walls, ceiling or yep, even the floor.
Beach run to Homer
Trail run: 10k; Elevation gain: 300 ft; Point to point run
Day 7: Homer
TAXI!! Well a water taxi that is. After a quick shuttle ride to the boardwalk we'll board water taxis and enjoy a nice 40 minute ride to Kachemak Bay, where we'll give our legs a needed break and take this day to enjoy the hike out to the Grewingk Glacier to eat a packed lunch with the icebergs floating in the lake.
Kachemak Bay & Glacier Hike
Trail hike: 12K ; Elevation gain: minimal; Point to point hike
Day 8: Depart to Anchorage
This morning we'll drive back to Anchorage where all good things must come to an end, until the next adventure that is! The hotel is on us but you are free to tour Anchorage, do some shopping or just relax by the pool at the hotel. If the party is over for you and you don’t want to hang out with us anymore on the drive back you are welcome to fly from Homer to Anchorage. Flights are pretty reasonable.
Register before the price jump and save $200!
Note: The last 2 Global Adventures trips sold out in the first 48 hours so don't dilly-dally.
*Based on double-occupancy. For a private room +$800 to the current price.
Less than 70 spots left!
Early: $2950 Feb. 21–Mar. 8
Regular: $3250 Mar. 9–May 3
Late: $3450 May 4–three weeks before the event
*Full amount is due upon registering after March 13, 2020
In addition to the amazing memories you'll create and friendships you'll develop, each package includes the following:
A deposit of $500 is due at registration, after which the remaining balance will be charged on March 13, 2020.
Pricing is per-person, but based on double occupancy of all hotel rooms. That means, if you register with a partner, you will be able to stay with them. If you register as solo adventurer, we will pair you with someone else of the same gender in a hotel room.
If you prefer to have your hotel room to yourself, the cost will be $800 extra to cover the additional hotel expense.
Cancellation & Transfer Policy
The deposit of $500 is refundable until March 13, 2020. If you choose to cancel after that time, there are 2 options available for you.
Option 1: Transfer your registration to another participant if you are able to find someone willing to take your place.
Option 2: Receive a partial refund. If you cancel by May 3, 2020 we'll issue a refund minus $800. After May 3, 2020 no refunds will be offered.
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Yellowstone Half Marathon Runner
How difficult are the runs and hikes? How good of shape do I need to be in?
Each day we’ll be running/hiking between 3-6 miles. Most of the runs will have a decent amount of elevation gain. Most everyone will be walking the uphills of our runs while running the flats and downhills. We expect runners to maintain at least a 25-minute pace on these trail runs.
Do I have to run every day?
This is your vacation- you should do what you want! If you want to take a brake for a day or two, then by all means do it. Our goal is to make sure you have the best possible experience on the trails, whatever that means for you.
Are there aid stations?
There are no aid stations in these trail runs. Most people will be either using a hydration backpack or carrying a water bottle in hand, along with a few gels or other snacks if needed. You are required to bring your own hydration system. We are partnered with Nathan Sports, which provide awesome hydration options: Shop Nathan Sports
What other adventures will we be doing?
Other adventures during the trip are scheduled to be: boat tours, an Iditarod Experience, ocean kayaking, and hiking to Grewingk Glacier.
Are there any discounts available to Global Adventures?
We do not offer any discounts on our Global Adventures at this time.
Are there options for a partner that doesn’t want to run?
If you want to bring a partner to the event that doesn’t want to participate in the runs, that’s totally fine. We will knock off $300 from your partner’s registration fee if you choose this option. Just sign up for the event as a regular participant, but let us know in the registration notes that your partner is not running. Your $300 will be refunded 90 days before the event.
What will the weather be like in September?
What are the accommodations like?
We have 3-star lodging booked for you. Rooms will be comfortable and clean and safe, but no frills; a place that you would feel ok relaxing in.
What about Vegan and Vegetarian food options?
There will be vegetarian options for our runners at all meals. Most meals will also have vegan options, but we can’t guarantee vegan options for all meals.
How much free time will we have?
Expect to have a few hours of free time each day, either exploring the towns we’ll visit or wandering around waterfronts just taking in the grandeur of the place. Our goal is to have enough adventure to fill your days without feeling rushed from location to location.
How much money should I expect to spend?
There are 2 additional expenses that you need to plan on. First, your travel to and from Anchorage. Second, you will be on your own for a few of the meals. Apart from that, any souvenirs or additional food & drink would be at your own expense.
What about animals on the trails? Bears? Moose? Mosquitos?
If you are lucky, you’ll get to see these animals! We will be visiting wild places and encounters with animals are always a possibility. However, we will be on well traveled trails which tends to keep the animals away. We are also partnering with expert guides from the area to provide tips on staying safe on the trails. As for mosquitos, some years are better and some are worse, but you should plan on bringing mosquito repellent.
Are there any age restrictions?
There are no age restrictions for these trips. As long as you are comfortable with the runs and activities, we'll be glad to have you if you're 12 or 112 years old!
Lake Powell Half Marathon Runner