This Anchorage ‘marathon’ was .5K — and featured rest stations with puppies, doughnuts and lawn chairs

August 20 – At this “marathon” the person with the slowest time was the winner and adopted puppies were there to cuddle at one of two stations along the route – that was a whopping half a kilometer.

Wednesday’s Super Serious, No Fun .5K Run was an annual fundraiser hosted by Rage City Roller Derby, Alaska’s largest roller derby league.

Proceeds from the event will help cover national and international travel expenses, time attendance and basic operational expenses, said Alex France, who along with Nicole Sola and a number of other volunteers and teammates helped organize the event.

As part of their plan to contain the coronavirus, this year’s race included four runs with about 10 participants limited to 50 who laughed and strolled around a block.

About 150 meters from the starting line of the Midnight Sun Brewing Co., the pups and dogs from Best Friends Animal Rescue greeted the racers. The racers stopped to cuddle and lick before walking another 500 feet or so to fill donut holes with carbohydrate and take a breather on lawn chairs.

At the end of the event, two puppies were adopted – an announcement that was greeted with cheers and applause from the participants during the award ceremony.

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