Four ports. Four scenic runs. One amazing running vacation. July 26th - August 2nd, 2014

He's the Pied Piper of the Second Running Boom. She's the coach to this generation of runners. You can spend a week racing in Alaska, relaxing and earning a big finisher's medal with John "the Penguin" Bingham and Coach Jenny Hadfield.

The Great Alaskan Half and Full Marathon Cruise is designed with every type of runner and walker in mind! First off, it's like no other half or full marathon you've ever run or walked. That is because it is a staged event where you run the total of a half or full marathon distance across four short events during the week (5Ks for the half and 5-9 mile events for the full marathon).

It's the most fun you'll have finishing a half or full marathon! (we promise) You'll actively explore the Last Frontier with your own two feet, and take on the challenge of racing in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan in a unique staged marathon.

Every event is well marked, safe and by the end of the week you'll complete a half or full marathon distance (13.1 or 26.2 miles) and earn a big honkin' Finisher's Medal to prove it!

Along the way, John and Jenny will teach you how to become a better runner or walker and keep you entertained throughout the week. It's a great time for all - we hope to see you there!

Read all about what it's like to run this vacation at this blog. Become a fan of the Great Alaskan Running Cruise on Facebook and see participant pictures and comments from past events. Laugh and learn with daily training and racing tips from Coach Jenny and John Bingham on strength training, flexibility, form and more. Enjoy extensive interaction with Coach Jenny and John at numerous social events, dining with fellow GARC cruisers and a wonderful sense of camaraderie. In addition to all the wonderful activities aboard the ms Westerdam and in port

Learn at seminars on running, racing, nutrition, strength training and more. Enjoy extensive interaction with the voice of the Rock n Roll Marathon Series - John Bingham and's Coach Jenny Hadfield; numerous social events; dining with fellow Great Alaskan participants; and a wonderful sense of sharing and camaraderie.

In addition to all the wonderful activities aboard the ms Westerdam and in port. This exclusive Alaskan Running Vacation event includes:

Private GARC receptions and the opportunity to dine with John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield, as well as fellow GARC participants.
Welcome Reception and Awards Party.
Rates include all exclusive social events.
Ultimate Active Vacation exclusive sessions.
Accommodations & All Meals
Most Shipboard activities
A fully escorted cruise
And much more...
Race participation fee is additional. (minimum of 1 participant per stateroom)

Great Alaskan Running Cruise Events

5K Deck Run aboard the Holland America Westerdam - run and watch Alaska go by.
Half Marathon or 5K in Juneau!
8K Amazing Race in Sitka - explore this charming Alaskan town and find the course!
5K or 10K trail run in Ketchikan through the beautiful Tongass National Forest. Celebrate with a soak in the lake and a camp fire to keep your toes warm

Quotes from past cruise guests...

"This was my first cruise and my first marathon. I will count it as a marathon! What a blast. Angelika was great and made sure that we all had first class amenities. What can be said about The Penguin and Coach Jenny? They were awesome. Very approachable and friendly. Hearing their insights to the sport of running is invaluable. The fun that was had cannot be described. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Looking forward to the next adventure!"

"Just a short note to say that you did a great job with the Caribbean Cruise. It was very well done. The races were challenging, well marked, most interestingly and well planned. I think we can all say that we saw the best of all the islands first hand. The weather could not have been better-some shade and no rain. I learned a lot from this trip and am glad that I had the opportunity to participate. I hope I get to meet you both again. Until then, thanks for the great run and memories. The best to you both.'"

"Loved the way the 'competition' was structured - if had been based only on time, it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun. Keep that!"

"I enjoyed getting to know people, sharing with other runners, seeing new places and enjoying beautiful scenery on great running courses. Great job overall!'"

"I really liked the stage-race idea - running a distance in each city, working toward a goal at the end of the week. The idea of pace guessing was fun.'"

"I loved meeting and running with people from all over. I'm glad that my husband had fast people to run with while I could hang with people more my speed.'"

"I liked being taken to great spots for the runs with such ease. A great job with coordinating with the ships' agenda and ours.'"

"It would be hard to have a better cruise than this one. John and Jenny are wonderful!'"

"What a wonderful memory-maker this experience was for us. Thank you all!'"

"I liked that runs and activities were structured to include and embrace ALL ability levels."