Bicycling, Running, and Walking in Anchorage
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Bicycling, Running, and Walking
Anchorage has more than 120 mi of paved bicycle trails, and many streets have marked bike lanes. Although busy during the day, Downtown streets are uncrowded and safe for cyclists in the evening.
Alaska Public Lands Information Center. Pick up a guide to local trails before you head out. They're available at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center or area bookstores. 605 W. 4th Ave., Downtown, Anchorage, AK, 99501. 907/644–3661 or 866/869-6887. www.alaskacenters.gov.
Kincaid Park. At the far west end of Raspberry Road in South Anchorage the 60 km (43 miles) of trails at Kincaid Park wind through 1,400 acres of mixed spruce and birch forest. Mountain bikers will find easy-to-moderate riding along with some challenging hills. Be advised that Kincaid Park is home to a sizable moose population, as well as the occasional bear, so stay alert at all times. Considered one of the best places for Nordic skiing in the United States, the park remains popular throughout the year. The Kincaid Outdoor Center—locally called Kincaid Chalet—is available for a fee for social functions such as weddings, receptions, and meetings. The park also has a climbing wall and a batting cage. 9401 W. Raspberry Rd., West Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, 99502. 907/343–6397.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Bike trails in Anchorage are used by runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, and walkers. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail begins Downtown off 2nd Avenue and is also easily accessible from Westchester Lagoon near the west end of 15th Avenue. The trail runs from the lagoon for 2 miles to Earthquake Park and then continues an additional 7 miles to Kincaid Park, where several unpaved trails provide for more adventurous biking and hiking. Those who prefer the off-road experience should pick up a copy of Mountain Bike Anchorage by Rosemary Austin. Anchorage, AK.
Alaskabike. Starting in Anchorage, multiday touring packages through this company explore South Central, the Interior, and nearby scenic highways. 3900 B Woronzof Dr., Anchorage, AK, 99517. 907/538–2392 or 866/683–2453. www.alaskabike.com.
Alaska Run for Women. A number of popular running events are held annually in Anchorage, including the Alaska Run for Women in early June, which raises money for the fight against breast cancer. Anchorage, AK. www.akrfw.org.
Heart Run. The late-April Heart Run is a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association's work to prevent heart disease. Anchorage, AK. www.heartrun.com.
Mayor's Marathon. More than 4,000 runners participate in the Mayor's Marathon, which features five races folded into one: a marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, 5.6 miler, and 1.6-mile youth cup. The race is held annually on the Saturday closest to summer solstice (June 21). Anchorage, AK. www.mayorsmarathon.com.
Just a short pedal away from a Tony Knowles Coastal Trail access point, rent adult and children's bicycles, as well as trailers and baby seats, at
Alaska Pablo's Bicycle Rentals. Near the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, this shop has rental rates beginning at $7 per hour. Discounts are available for groups of five or more. 501 L St., Downtown, Anchorage, AK, 99501. 907/250–2871. www.pablobicyclerentals.com. Daily 8–7.
Downtown Bicycle Rental. With an inventory of more than 100 bikes of all types, Downtown Bicycle Rental also has clip-in pedals and shoes. The minimum rental rate is $16 for three hours, which includes free lock, helmet, panniers, and map. Located five blocks from the Coastal Trail, the company also offers combo hike-and-bike trips that include a shuttle van ride to the Flattop trailhead. 333 W. 4th Ave., Downtown, Anchorage, AK, 99501. 907/279–5293. www.alaska-bike-rentals.com.
Arctic Bicycle Club. This nonprofit bicycling club organizes races and rides. Anchorage, AK. 907/566–0177. www.arcticbike.org.
Lifetime Adventures. Just 30 miles north of Anchorage, Lifetime Adventures operates out of the state park campground at Eklutna Lake. Lifetime rents bikes, trailers, and kayaks. You can take the popular Paddle & Pedal package in which you paddle in one direction and pedal your way back. Anchorage, AK. 800/952–8624 or 907/746–4644. www.lifetimeadventures.net.
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