Alaska Global Adventure

Alaska, USA

September 5–12th, 2020

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"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!

Overview

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.

What's included?

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.

Trip Highlights

  • Daily 5-10K trail runs in the Alaska wilderness, beach fronts, in the mountains and along the views of glaciers (Runs will be timed and finishers will be awarded one medal at the end of the trip)
  • A day-cruise Glacier views
  • Iditarod Experience
  • Kayaking in Seward
  • Hike to Glacier on Kachemak Bay

General Itinerary

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.

Day’s Highlights

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.

Day’s Highlights

Hatcher Pass & Iditarod Experience

Today’s Run

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. 

Day’s Highlights

Blue Ice Trail and Glacier Boat Tour

Today’s Run

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.

Day’s Highlights

Kayak to North Beach of Caines Head from Miller's Landing & run to historic Fort McGilvray!

Today’s Run

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. 

Day’s Highlights

Mount Marathon & Ocean Kayaking

Today’s Run

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. 

Day’s Highlights

Beach run to Homer

Today’s Run

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. 

Day’s Highlights

Kachemak Bay & Glacier Hike

Today’s Run

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. 

** Although we do try to stick to the schedule above, Our itinerary could change for numerous reasons beyond our control. If the itinerary changes we'll let you know asap.

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Note: The last 2 Global Adventures trips sold out in the first 48 hours so don't dilly-dally. 

Package Pricing

$3250
per registrant

*Based on double-occupancy. For a private room +$800 to the current price.

Less than 70 spots left!

Registration Periods

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:

  • All daily races & medal
  • Hotels
  • Most meals
  • Transportation around the country
  • Park fees
  • Extra activities (day cruise, Iditarod experience, kayaking, etc.)
  • Global Adventures Swag

Deposit
A deposit of $500 is due at registration, after which the remaining balance will be charged on March 13, 2020.

Room Occupancy
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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Stunningly well organized race experience. Everything about the day was just beautiful and well executed. So inspirational and fun, I would like to come work for you. Of course, it didn't hurt that I won my age group so my opinion might be slightly biased. ;)

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Derek J Brouwer II
Yellowstone Half Marathon Runner

FAQs

How difficult are the runs and hikes? How good of shape do I need to be in?

Do I have to run every day?

Are there aid stations?

What other adventures will we be doing?

Are there any discounts available to Global Adventures?

Are there options for a partner that doesn’t want to run?

What will the weather be like in September?

What are the accommodations like?

What about Vegan and Vegetarian food options?

How much free time will we have?

How much money should I expect to spend?

What about animals on the trails? Bears? Moose? Mosquitos?

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Thank you for an amazingly beautiful and well run event!

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Heather Thomas Van Buskirk
Lake Powell Half Marathon Runner

Comments

  • Geri Foster says:

    What hotel will we be in the first night in Anchorage?

  • Brenda Bradford says:

    Do you provide a shuttle service from the airport?

    • Cherie Santiago says:

      Hello Brenda at this time we won’t be providing shuttle service from the airport. If that changes we will update the itinerary.

  • Britt says:

    Are we at a hotel every night? Is there a place to store our things each day or should this be backpack only?

    • Cherie Santiago says:

      Hello Britt, we will be changing hotels 3 times through out the week. Your luggage will be stored on the bus, but won’t be accessible during the day, so you will want a day pack for the daily adventures.

  • Tracy Ellis says:

    What are usual high/ low temperatures and rain falls during that time frame in the places we’d be? ( just a general answer is fine like ‘usually under an inch of rain or usually highs in the 50’s)

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