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Valley Thaw Out

April 29, 2023

Palmer, AK

Join us in Palmer, Alaska on April 29th, 2023 for Valley Thaw Out! Put your endurance to the test and enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan outdoors at this 13.1 mile half marathon race.
Join us in Palmer, Alaska on April 29th, 2023 for Valley Thaw Out! Put your endurance to the test and enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan outdoors at this 13.1 mile half marathon race.
Participants run the half marathon Valley Thaw Out in Palmer, Alaska in April!
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About The Valley Thaw Out

The Valley Thaw Out Half Marathon in Palmer, Alaska is a great choice for runners looking for a unique and challenging half marathon experience. Held every April since 2023, the race has quickly become one of the most popular running events in the state.

The route of the half marathon winds through some of Alaska’s most beautiful terrain. Starting at Matanuska River Valley, runners are treated to stunning views as they traverse through lush forests and open meadows filled with wildflowers. The course also takes you along parts of Knik Glacier before ending near downtown Palmer – an area known for its quaint shops and restaurants.

April is typically a mild month in Palmer so expect pleasant temperatures during this time of year – usually ranging between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit (4-10 degrees Celsius). That said, it can be quite windy depending on how close you get to Knik Glacier so come prepared with layers!

The crowds that line up along the race route are very supportive; cheering on all participants regardless of their running pace or ability level. There’s even live music playing throughout certain sections which really helps keep everyone motivated! What’s more, there is a special post-race party thrown by local businesses where everyone can celebrate and enjoy delicious food together afterwards.

Overall, if you’re looking for an unforgettable half marathon experience then look no further than The Valley Thaw Out Half Marathon in Palmer Alaska! From breathtaking scenery to friendly people – this race definitely has something special that will leave lasting memories long after it’s finished!