2014 AMR Races and Events Calendar
QUICK GLANCE ...
May 29, Thursday - Kal's Knoya Ridge Run - Anchorage TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY on rolling forest trail and alpine singletrack. Three race
lengths as follows:
Full Monty: 8.5K and 4,300' vertical climb. Limited to 100 participants.
The Original: 5.6K and 2900' vertical.
The Happy Trail: 2.5K and 1200' vertical.
Meet 5:30 pm.
Directions: Muldoon to Pioneer, Pioneer to Klutina. Park along Pioneer. Walk through the gate at Klutina and follow trail to registration.
Race Time: 6 pm
Registration: Race day registration only.
Entry Fee: Donation For training on the course, a U.S. Army Recreation Access Permit is required. Go to
www.jber.isportsman.net/access for information.
Contact: Bill Spencer 306-0077, firstname.lastname@example.org or Marianne Pedersen 333-8836. Sponsored by Skinny Raven Sports, HDR Alaska and JBER.
All proceeds benefit the Tom Besh Memorial Scholarship Fund for aspiring student athletes.
June 7, Saturday - Government Peak Climb - Hatcher Pass TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY mountain race, south face of Government Peak, 3 miles,
3500ʼ elevation gain
Race Time: 11 am
Entry Fee: $30. After May 19, $40. On race day, $50.
Contact: Mark Strabel 746-7547, email@example.com Fundraiser for Colony High School XC running team
Registration: Register at www.webscorer.com beginning May 1
June 15, Sunday - Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb (Bird Ridge) - Indian TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY, 3 miles, 3,400' vertical Meet 8:30 am - Bird Ridge Trailhead. No bib pickup after 9:30 am
Race Time: 10 a.m.
Entry fee: $30. NO RACE DAY ENTRY. 250 person limit. Family discounts available.
Parking: Please use new parking lot. Junior racers 17 years old and younger will run approximately half the mountain. Youths 14-17 may run the full course.
Bird Ridge registration opens at 8 a.m., May 1, 2014 Register Here - For more information, contact
July 4, Friday - Mount Marathon Race - Seward TO TOP
Description: Mount Marathon Race is the oldest mountain race in the U.S. and will celebrate its 87th running in 2014. It goes UP AND DOWN a steep 3,000-foot mountain and is about 3 miles long. The junior division goes halfway.
Registration: Entry applications for priority runners and lottery entrants are accepted from January 1 through March 31 at www.mmr.seward.com
Entry fees: $65 adults/$25 junior
Race times: Juniors - 9:30 a.m.; Women - 11:15 a.m.; Men - 3 pm. For more information, contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The event website is www.mmr.seward.com
August 2, Saturday - Matanuska Peak Challenge - Palmer TO TOP
Description: 14 miles with 9,100' vertical gain and the same amount of elevation loss. OUT-AND-BACK course. Route ascends Lazy Mountain, descends backside of Lazy and then climbs Matanuska Peak before returning in reverse. Meet 8 am at Lazy Mountain Parking Lot
Race Time: 9 a.m.
Entry Fee: $30; sign-up only available on race morning
Contact: Braun Kopsack 746-5133 or Lance Kopsack 745-5966 No aid stations. Mandatory gear includes windbreaker top and bottom, long underwear top and bottom, hat, gloves and water bottle.
August 16, Saturday - Alyeska Classic Mountain Run - Girdwood TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY 2 -mile mountain sprint with 2,000-foot elevation gain. New course goes up the entire North Face Trail. Meet 9 am – Alyeska Tram
Race time: 11 a.m.
Entry Fee: $30
Contact: Deb Essex 229-1902, email@example.com or Brian Burnett 754-2536, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by Girdwood Nordic Ski Club
Alaska Mountain Runners Annual Awards Banquet TO TOP
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 6-8 pm
Where: Russian Jack Chalet
What: Potluck style dinner, 2014 overall and age group awards for the Grand Prix
Other Alaska Trail Races in 2014
May 13, Tuesday - Turnagain Arm Trail Run - Anchorage TO TOP
Description: Technical and hilly POINT-TO-POINT trail run. 8-mile race goes from
Rainbow Valley Trailhead to Potter Trailhead. 4-mile race goes from McHugh Creek
Trailhead to Potter Trailhead.
Race time: 6:30 pm
Entry Fee: $25
Contact: Nicole DeYong 230-0518, email@example.com No race day entry – 200 person limit
May 25, Sunday - Pillar Mountain Run - Kodiak TO TOP
June 7, Sat-Sun - Red Shirt Lake Trail Run - Willow TO TOP
June 28-29, Sat-Sun - Sluice Box 100 - Fairbanks TO TOP
Description: 100 miles, run or bike on trails and gravel roads Contact: Joel Homan 388-9560 or visit www.sluicebox100.com
July 4, Saturday - Anvil Mountain Run - Nome TO TOP
Description: 17K to the top of Anvil Mountain and back, elevation gain of 1,134ʼ. Billed as the second oldest running race in Alaska
Contact: Leo Rasmussen at 304-2573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12, Saturday - Hatcher Pass Marathon - Willow TO TOP
July 13, Sunday - Pioneer Ridge Climb - Mat-Su TO TOP
Description: Uphill-only, 4.5 miles, 5,100-foot elevation gain
Race time: 11 a.m.
Entry fee: $5; day of race sign-up only
Parking: Park at gravel pit, Mile 1.4 E. Knik River Road; racers will be shuttled to the trailhead from there
Race start: Pioneer Ridge Trailhead, Mile 4 E. Knik River Road
Contact: Matias Saari, 529-4178, email@example.com; Ben Marvin, 707-1045, firstname.lastname@example.org July 13, Sunday - Bookin' For Books Trail Race - Seward TO TOP
July 19, Saturday - Alpine Adventure Run - Sitka TO TOP
Description: POINT-TO-POINT 7-mile mountain run trail run starting in lush forest, ascending 2,000 feet to Gavin Hill ridge, opening up to alpine vistas, traversing rock slides and descending through stunted growth forests.
Contact: Chris Horan, 907-747-6471, cell 907-752-0400, email@example.com
Registration: Opens at 7 a.m. April 30. All 75 spots are expected to fill quickly. Registration forms and brochures will be sent via e-mail.
July 20, Sunday - Hope Wagon Run - Hope TO TOP
July 20, Sunday - 49th Gold Discovery Run - Fairbanks TO TOP
Description: 16.5-mile POINT-TO-POINT course, mostly on trails and gravel roads in historic mining territory. Elevation gain of 1,648 feet and elevation drop of 3,196 feet. For more information, visit:
www.runningclubnorth.org/runs/gold-discovery.php July 26 Saturday - Crow Pass Crossing - Girdwood TO TOP
Description: POINT-TO-POINT 22.5 miles of rough cross-country and mountain trail with glacial river crossing on Crow Pass Trail, Girdwood to Eagle River Nature Center Meet 6 am – Crow Pass Trailhead
Race Time: 7 am
Entry Fee: $60 – Limited to 130 entrants Mandatory bib pick-up and meeting July 25
Contact: Mike Friess 786-1325, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration: Registration forms available May 4 at www.goseawolves.com
August 2, Saturday - Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon and 1/2 Marathon - Sitka TO TOP
August 3, Sunday - Yukon River Trail Marathon - Whitehorse TO TOP
Description: LOOP course. Scenic and challenging trails near the Yukon River with marathon, half marathon and relay options For more information, visit:
August 8-9, Fri-Sat - Resurrection Pass 100-mile and 50-mile TO TOP
Description: 100- and 50-mile races between Hope and Cooper Landing 100-mile starts at 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Hope
50-mile starts at 6 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Cooper Landing
For more information or to sign up, e-mail
email@example.com or visit www.respassultras.org August 10, Sunday - Mineral Creek Half Marathon - Valdez TO TOP
Description: Scenic OUT-AND-BACK on gravel roads For more information and to register, visit
August 23, Saturday - Lost Lake Run - Seward TO TOP
Description: Scenic and challenging 15.5-mile POINT-TO-POINT trail. Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis.
Registration: Registration opens April 1. Register early — the race sells out every year. For more information, visit
September 6, Saturday - Kesugi Ridge Traverse - Denali State Park TO TOP
September 13, Saturday - Alyeska Climbathon - Girdwood TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY. Climb the North Face of Alyeska Mountain (tram base to tram top) as many times as you can between 9 a.m. and 6 pm. Complimentary tram ride down. For more information, visit
September 20, Saturday - 52nd Equinox Marathon - Fairbanks TO TOP
Description: Marathon, ultramarathon (64K) and 3-person relay divisions. Billed as one of Americaʼs oldest and toughest marathons For more information and to register, visit
October 4, Sunday - Run to the Altar Half Marathon - Homer TO TOP
Every Tuesday Sept 9 - Nov 4, Bonnie Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series TO TOP
Description: Short trail races for kids and adults every Tuesday from Sept. 9-Nov. 4. For more information, contact Anchorage Parks & Recreation at 343-4217 or visit
Northern Trails Running Series (Fairbanks area) TO TOP
For more information, visit
May 24 - Annihilator (Nenana)
June 3 - Masochism on Moose Mountain
June 15 - Wickersham Dome Trail Run
July 13 - Ester Dome Ass Kicker
July 26 - Chena Hot Springs Run & Soak
Aug 9 - Granite Tors Trail Run
Aug 28 - Musk Ox Run
Alaska Mountain Runners - P.O. Box 11-1713, Anchorage, AK 99511 - Phone: (907) 345-1857 - E-mail AMR