Running Free Alaska (RFA) is a non-profit running program for female prison inmates at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River, Alaska. RFA was founded in 2012 by Anchorage runner Tim Alderson with 25 inmates who volunteered to be part of a graduate research study of the impact of structured running on inmate mental health. From this genesis the program has grown to provide training services to approximately 150 inmates annually. Our runners participate in training sessions 3 days per week throughout the spring and summer. Each session culminates in race held inside the prison fence at distances from 5k to half-marathon. Additionally, we have built a capable staff of 15 volunteer coaches, who are supervised by a paid professional volunteer coordinator funded through a grant from the Alaska Ski for Women.
All participants who complete 6 weeks of training with 80% attendance are provided with proper running shoes as an incentive to stick with the program. We are able to purchase these shoes at a discount due to a partnership we have with Skinny Raven Sports. Additionally, Skinny Raven makes available their staff to help with fittings. Once per year we also purchase proper sports bras for our inmate runners. Shoes and bras are our single greatest operating expense.
RFA is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are tax deductible.
Tax ID# 45-5452867