Her Tern Half

Her Tern Half

Her Tern Half

( 1 review )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Anchorage,
    United States
  • July
  • 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website


Anchorage, Alaska, United States
32 14
"Alaska's best half marathon for women (and one lucky guy!)"
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Kristen 's thoughts:

I've run this race in both 2014 and 2015, and had great experiences with each one! Her Tern is Alaska's only just-for-women half marathon, and they also let in one lucky guy. It's not just a race though - it's a whole experience! If you sign up for this race you get exclusive access into a pre-race party where you can vote on the one lucky guy who gets to run with you, and you also get a preview of what the race "medal" looks like as well as some of the race-exclusive running apparel! The race "medal" is actually a bracelet that is designed specifically for the race and changes each year. In addition to the pre-race party, runners can join a training group where they get coaching and training specific to the race from knowledgeable staff at Skinny Raven. I signed up for the training group in 2015 and not only did I feel more prepared for the race, I had the opportunity to train with some amazing women in Anchorage and met a lot of new friends. I highly recommend the group! Now on to the race details:

Race Expo: This was a big event! After you get your bib, you get a swag bag with coupons for shoes, apparel, and running gear. They shut down the street in front of the store and set up a shopping area with race-specific apparel from Brooks. They've got a ton of different types of shirts, pants, hoodies, socks, etc. with the race logo on it. There's also a large poster with the names of all the runners on it, a station where kids can make their moms race signs, and even some snacks.

Race Day: The race actually has two start times - one for runners who need a bit more time, and one for runners who think they'll finish in less than 3 hours. After the first wave starts, there's pre-race yoga. There are lots of porta potties in the area as well as vendors for anyone who missed the expo. When the race officially starts, you run around the block one time so that everyone can cheer for you before you head off on the next 13 miles! The race runs down to Westchester Lagoon and along the Chester Creek Trail. It's a pretty course, but most of it is in the trees and there are no mountain views. The aid stations on the course are run by different organizations and they really seem to go all out with costumes, music, and fun signs. The rest of the course has barely any spectators, but the cheers and high fives from other runners will keep you going! This race, like all Anchorage races, ends on a giant hill. The training group coaches stand at the bottom and wait there to cheer you up the hill! It's a hard finish but it really makes you proud of finishing the race. After the race there are typical race foods (bananas and bagels) as well as cupcakes and mimosas! You also get your finisher's bracelet (picture is attached) which is a perfect way to wear your "medal" around all the time!

Overall, this is a great race experience and would be a fun destination race for runners in the Lower 48! There are so many unique details that make this race special, and it's a fun course. I highly recommend it to any woman who is looking for a not-so-typical race experience in Alaska!

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