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The 2023 Virtual Race Across Alaska Winter Challenge registration will open on Thanksgiving Day, 2022!
The RAAWC is a multi-sport, multi-distance winter challenge with the goal to log as many miles as you can over 3 months starting the first day of winter, December 21st and ending March 20th.
You can Walk, Run, Fat Tire Bike, Indoor Bike, XC Ski, Swim or log other for exercises not included like ice skating, kick sledding, stand-up paddle boarding or anything else where you can accrue mileage. Next you will pick which race distance you'll like to accomplish across Alaska with your choice of 6 different routes of varying distances depending on your goals!
You will have the ability to log your miles, track your progress, collect virtual badges, and see how you rank up to others on the leader board daily. Invite your friends for a discount and to challenge you to stay motivated all Winter long!
RAAWC is a fundraiser for the Alaska Trails, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the vision of Alaska connected by sustainable trails and the development of The Alaska Long Trail. For every racer that participates, $10 will be donated to Alaska Trails PLUS racers can donate additional funds to support the development of The Alaska Long Trail. In 2022 we were able to raise over $40,000 through your participation and additional donations!
The official race cannon will be fired at the Zoom Kickoff Party on December 21st at 4:30pm AKS (8:30pm EST). Join our facebook group to hear about pop-up Zoom and/or Zwift FREE workouts, weekly photo contests, and join others in our very fun social media group!
This year's Race Across Alaska shirt is a tri-blend long sleeve hooded shirt with a pom-pom hat! The shirt is 46% polyster, 27% cotton, 27% rayon. This is a SUPER soft shirt. Men's sizing fits true to size. Women's shirt sleeves are slightly shorter so sizing up a good option. See our sizing chart on the FAQ page!
**Please note that shirt style and color may change, based on availability. Supply chain shortage is an issue races are experiencing as well.
BACKSIDE OF SHIRT
All starters will receive a long sleeve shirt and hat. For those who persevere til the very end, we will have a bottle opener medal for you to enjoy your celebratory drink with!
This year we will have a packet pickup in Anchorage, Alaska on December 31st, 12-3pm at the Trek Store of Anchorage! For every person that picks up their packet, we will donate an additional $5 to the Alaska Trails! We will have a 2nd shirt order packet pickup on January 31st, stay tuned for details!
We realize not all racers care for the swag but we're unable to remove it from the challenge price as its a package deal. Racers can chose to opt out of swag when registering by picking "No thank! Donate it!" when choosing your shirt size. If you opt out of swag, this will opt you out of the shirt and hat but we'll donate an additional $25 to the Alaska Trails for you! All those that opt out of shirts, we will circle back to in March to confirm you would like a medal. If you opt out of medals, we will donate an additional $10 to the Alaska Trails.
All other racers will receive their swag in the mail! Shipping is included in our race price, EXCEPT outside of the USA receive a $25 shipping charge.
Register by December 1st to be included in the first wave of shipping out by New Years Eve.
Register by January 2nd to be included in the second wave of shipping out by January 31st.
Register after January 2nd: Limited sizing will be available on Feb 1st for shipment. NO guarantee on shirt sizing. You WILL receive your finisher's award if you finish.
Racers will also get virtual race badges as you reach destinations along your race course!
Lastly, all racers will receive weekly newsletters. The newsletter will have an highlights for the week about our race newsletter along with an activity focus like "Fat Tire Biking", include a workout, good places to go, and any events coming up.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
This is intended to be participatory, fun and keep the community active and engaged
Athletes must obey the rules of the road
Use common sense when deciding when and where to participate
Wear reflective gear if competing at dusk or dawn
Don’t bike in high traffic areas
The Alaska Long Trail
From the Camino de Santiago in Spain to the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal, the Inca Trail in Peru to the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails in the United States, long trails have captured the attention of travelers the world over. With some of the most stunning wilderness in the world, Alaska is long overdue in creating a world class long trail of its own. Long trails engage visitors in everything from simple day hikes to multi-week, bucket list lifetime accomplishments. Alaska Trails and its partners are proposing such a route connecting Fairbanks and Seward. This first 500 mile segment could ultimately expand into a 2000+ mile trail extending north from Fairbanks to the Brooks Range and the North Slope, and south to a future SE Long Trail, following an alluring mix of trails and ferry rides. Many sections of the proposed trail already exist or are currently planned, and the route is almost entirely on public lands, enormously reducing the complexity and cost.
It’s time for Alaska to invest in its future by creating a route that will stand with the other great long trails of the world.
Learn more at https://www.alaska-trails.org/the-alaska-long-trail.
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