Anchorage Finish Line Festival, Presented by Hilcorp Alaska, LLC
Join us to help celebrate the completion of the 2019’s 70 day journey in Alaska. We have a weekend of festivities planned, all kicking off with our Anchorage Finish Line Festival, Presented by Hilcorp Alaska, LLC. Join us to cheer the 2019 team across the finish line on August 9th, enjoy a Mexican food buffet, and help celebrate these student riders and their incredible accomplishments.
2019 Finish Line Activities Information
Below are links for booking TownePlace Suites and Home2 Suites in Midtown/Anchorage. Both hotels are offering rates of $219/night. If you are venturing out on your own to make reservations, the planned Texas 4000 activities take place in the Midtown area of Anchorage. The booking links are only available until MARCH 18 so please don’t delay in making your reservations.
Home2Suites Anchorage/Midtown – 4700 Union Square Dr. – Click Here to make a Reservation
Towne Place Suites Anchorage/Midtown – 600 E 32nd Ave – Click Here to make a Reservation
Important Dates & Activities
Thursday, August 8th, 7PM at 907 Alehouse, 8001 Old Seward Highway – Meet & Greet, Open to all parents and friends. Some of the Anchorage volunteers will be there, too! CLICK HERE to RSVP or feel free to email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 9th, (Morning – exact time TBD) at Bear Tooth Theater, 1230 W. 27th Ave. – Mandatory meeting (you will be sad if you miss it) for family and friends hosted by the Anchorage Texas Exes and led by Cathy Foerster. It is very important that you come to this meeting so that you get all the information you will need for the finish line and the rest of your time in Anchorage. This will also be an opportunity to make a poster to hold for your rider as he/she crosses the Finish Line.
Friday, August 9th, 5pm at ChangePoint Church, 6689 Changepoint Dr. – Finish Line and Celebration Dinner – Riders roll across the finish line at 5pm with celebration dinner to start at 6pm.
Purchase tickets to the celebration dinner below. Online ticket purchases will close at 5pm on Thursday, August 8th. It is recommended you purchase your tickets in advance as there will be a limited number of tickets available at the event for $35/person.
Saturday, August 10th, 10:30am at Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria, 3300 Old Seward Hwy – One last opportunity for riders, family, and friends to gather for lunch and celebrate together. You’ll not want to miss this fun time. It’s hard to describe but loud laughter, delicious food, priceless camaraderie, and raucous celebration are a few of the thoughts that come to mind.
Monday, August 12th, 5:30pm – at Bear Tooth Theater Pub, 1230 W 27th Ave – In honor of the Texas 4000 2019 Team, they will be showing, The Bikes of Wrath. There will be a final messaging and fundraising opportunity for riders still in Anchorage with the Anchorage community. Join us for this final event in Anchorage.
ALASKA FUN – Things to do during your visit!
Here are some suggestions for things to see and do while in Anchorage and nearby.
- Go to the Alaska Zoo to see rescued Alaska wild animals (and a few random animals from other places)
- Rent a bike from the Downtown Bike Shop and bike the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
- Go to the Anchorage Museum (great museum with lots of cool stuff including a children’s museum, an art section and tons of native history and artifacts) (one of my favorite places)
- Hike up Flattop Mountain
- On Saturday go to the downtown Saturday market for people-watching and souvenir-purchasing
- Go to one of the many local breweries for a tasting – some also have good food
South of Anchorage:
- Drive to Alyeska ski resort and stop along the way at points of interest. In Alyeska, take the tram to the top of the mountain or take a hike on the Winner Creek Trail, through the northernmost rainforest in North America to a hand tram that crosses Winner Creek (bring bug dope)
- Drive through the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Pan for gold at Crow Creek Mine
- Eat Alaska Cajun food at the Double Musky in Girdwood
North of Anchorage:
- Take the short hike to Thunderbird Falls
- Drive to Independence Mine and walk around an old abandoned mine
- Drive to Whittier and take a 3-hr wildlife-viewing cruise
- Drive (or take the train) to Seward, take a fishing charter or wildlife-viewing cruise, and go to the Sealife Center (our state aquarium)
- Drive to Homer, take a fishing charter or wildlife-viewing cruise, check out the many art studios and souvenir shops, and buy a drink at the Salty Dog Saloon
- Drive (or take the train) to Denali Park. Go river rafting. Take the bus all the way into Denali Park and get off along the way to take short hikes or just look around. (Another bus will be by to pick you back up.)
- Take a flight-seeing trip or one of the many other tours available on-line