2017 Alaska Mountain Races and Events Calendar
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March 25, Saturday - Crazy Lazy - Palmer TO TOP
Description: 6-mile mountain LOOP on snow, 3,000’ vertical
Race Time: 11 a.m., Lazy Mountain Trailhead
Entry: $25; $40 race day
Youth race: Ends at Lazy Mountain picnic table
Gear: Winter traction devices highly recommended
Information: Dane Crowley, 354-8461, email@example.com
May 25, Thursday - Kal's Knoya Ridge Run - Anchorage TO TOP
Description: Three UPHILL ONLY races on rolling forest trail and alpine singletrack.
Full Monty: 8.5K and 4,300' vertical. Limited to 100 participants. Unless race is shortened due to poor conditions, this will be the AMR Grand Prix Overall points race (Top 20) for all participants and the Grand Prix Age Group (Top 5) points race for those under age 40.
The Original: 5.6K and 2900' vertical. No limit on number of participants. This will be the Grand Prix Age Group (Top 5) points race for those over age 40 (even those who continue on for the Full Monty)
The Happy Trail: 2.5K and 1200' vertical
Race Time: 6 p.m.
Registration: Race day only
Directions: Muldoon to Pioneer and park. Walk through gate at Klutina and follow trail to registration
Permit: a U.S. Army Recreation Access Permit is required to train on course. Go to www.jber.isportsman.net
Information: Bill Spencer, 306-0077, firstname.lastname@example.org
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June 3, Saturday - Government Peak Climb - Hatcher Pass TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY, 3 miles, 3500’ vertical
Race Time: 11 a.m., Government Peak Recreation Area
Entry: $30 early entry. From May 20-June 1, $40. On race day, $50.
Registration: www.webscorer.com; registration opens May 1
Information: Mark Strabel 746-7547 or 354-7949, email@example.com
June 18, Sunday - Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb (Bird Ridge) - Indian
Description: UPHILL ONLY, 3 miles, 3,400' vertical
Race Time: 10 a.m., Bird Ridge Trailhead. No bib pickup after 9:30 a.m.
2017 Bird Ridge Entrance List
Entry: $35. No race day entry . 250 person limit.
Parking: Use new large lot (called "Bird Creek Access" lot).
Juniors: 17 & under course goes halfway. Youths 14-17 are allowed to enter the full- course event.
Registration process: Registration begins at 9 a.m. May 1 at register.chronotrack.com/r/28975. An entry lottery will be conducted. Lottery registration ends at 11:59 p.m. May 7; it is free of charge. Those selected in the lottery, as well as automatic qualifiers based on 2016 performance, will have their credit cards automatically charged. All lottery applicants will be notified of their status via email by May 10.
Automatic qualifiers: As long as they enter the lottery registration, the Top 10 men, Top 10 women, Top 3 in each age group, Top 3 junior boys, Top 3 junior girls from 2016, and all past senior and junior champions, automatically qualify for the 2017 race
Information: Brad Precosky, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 4, Tuesday - Mount Marathon - Seward TO TOP
Description: The oldest mountain race in the U.S. goes UP AND DOWN a steep 3,000-foot mountain and is about 3 miles long. Juniors go halfway.
Race times: Juniors – 9 a.m.; Women – 11 a.m.; Men – 2 p.m.
Entry: $65 adults/$25 juniors
Registration: Applications for lottery accepted from March 1-31 at www.mmr.seward.com
Information: Seward Chamber of Commerce, 224-8051, email@example.com
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August 5, Saturday - Matanuska Peak Challenge - Palmer TO TOP
Description: 14-mile OUT-AND-BACK course with 9,100' vertical gain. Route ascends Lazy Mountain, descends backside of Lazy and climbs Matanuska Peak before returning in reverse.
Race Time: 9 a.m., Lazy Mountain parking lot
Entry: $30; race day sign-up only
Mandatory gear: windbreaker top and bottom, long underwear top and bottom, hat, gloves, water bottle.
Information: Braun Kopsack, 746-5133 or Lance Kopsack, 745-5966
Alaska Mountain Runners Annual Awards Banquet TO TOP
Sunday, August 27, 2017, 6 pm
Location: Peanut Farm Bar and Grill, 5227 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage, log cabin section
Other Alaska Trail Races in 2017
May 4, Thursday - Turnagain Arm Trail Run - Anchorage TO TOP
Description: Hilly POINT-TO-POINT trail run. 8-mile goes from Potter Trailhead to Rainbow Trailhead. 4-mile goes from McHugh Trailhead to Rainbow.
Race time: 6:30 p.m.
Registration: Opens at 9 a.m. April 4 at www.signmeup.com (limited to 200 participants); no race day entry
Information: Sara Studebaker 786-6104, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 20 - Aug 26, Northern Trails Running Series - Fairbanks Area TO TOP
Information: www.runningclubnorth.org/northern-trails-series Saturday,
May 20 - Annihilator (Nenana), 6 miles Tuesday,
May 30 - Masochism on Moose Mountain, 4 miles Sunday,
June 11 - Wickersham Dome Trail Run, 8 miles Sunday,
July 9 - Ester Dome Ass Kicker, 7 miles Saturday,
July 29 - Chena Hot Springs Run & Soak, 8.5 miles Saturday,
Aug. 12 - Granite Tors Trail Run, 15 miles Saturday,
Aug. 26 - Musk Ox Run, 13 miles
May 28, Sunday - Pillar Mountain Run - Kodiak TO TOP
June 2-3, Friday-Saturday - Alaska Endurance Trail Run - Fairbanks TO TOP
June 4, Sunday - Cooper Landing Trail Run - Cooper Landing TO TOP
June 24, Saturday - Kesugi Ridge Traverse and Half Traverse - Denali State Park TO TOP
Description: Full Traverse is 30-mile hilly POINT-TO-POINT singletrack trail run from Little Coal Creek to Byers Lake Trailhead. Half Traverse goes 14 miles from Little Coal Creek to Ermine Trail Junction.
Race time: 9 a.m.
Registration: Opens at 9 a.m. April 1 at www.ultrasignup.com (limited to 50 participants for each race). NOTE: Registration has filled for 2017; there is no wait list.
Website: www.kesugiridgetraverse.com (Consult website for information about mandatory gear, qualifier races, time cut-offs, camping and shuttle.
Information: Matias Saari 529-4178, email@example.com
July 1, Saturday - Eaglecrest Road and Mountain Run - Juneau TO TOP
Description: Uphill road and uphill/downhill trail race at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Distances are 4, 5 or 9 miles.
Information: Bryan Hitchcock, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2, Sunday - Reckless Raven 50 Mile Ultra and Relay - Whitehorse, Canada TO TOP
July 4, Tuesday - Anvil Mountain Run - Nome TO TOP
Description: OUT-AND-BACK 17K to the top of Anvil Mountain, 1,134ʼ vertical; Billed as the second oldest running race in Alaska
Information: Leo Rasmussen, 907-304-2573 or email@example.com
July 5 - Aug 2, Wednesdays - Salmon Run Series - Soldotna TO TOP
Description: 5K trail races at the Tsalteshi Trails
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or “Salmon Run Series” Facebook page
July 8, Saturday - Hatcher Pass Marathon - Willow TO TOP
July 9, Sunday - Pioneer Ridge Vertical Mile - Palmer TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY 4.5-mile trail with 5,300’ vertical
Race time: 11 a.m., Pioneer Ridge Trailhead, Mile 4 E. Knik River Rd. There will be NO EARLY START.
Entry: $5; race day sign-up only
Mandatory Shuttle: Begins at 9:30 a.m. at the gravel bar parking area just north of the Knik River bridge on the Old Glenn Highway (follow the signs)
Website: (pending) www.pioneerverticalmile.com
Information: Matias Saari, 529-4178 or email@example.com
July 15, Saturday - Alpine Adventure Run - Sitka TO TOP
Description: POINT-TO-POINT 7-mile trail run with 2,000’ vertical
Registration: Opens at 7 a.m. April 19. All 75 spots will fill quickly.
Information: Christine Horan, 907-747-6471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 15, Saturday - Angel Creek 50 Miler - Fairbanks Area TO TOP
July 16, Sunday - Hope Wagon Run - Hope TO TOP
July 22, Saturday - Crow Pass Crossing - Girdwood - Suspended for 2017 TO TOP
Description: POINT-TO-POINT 22.5-mile rough trail from Girdwood to Eagle River Nature Center with glacial river crossing
Race Time: 7 a.m., Crow Pass Trailhead
Entry: $70; Limited to 150 entrants
Mandatory meeting: 5 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Alaska Airlines Center
Information: Mike Friess 786-1325, email@example.com
July 23, Sunday - Gold Discovery Run - Fairbanks TO TOP
July 30, Sunday - Yukon River Trail Marathon - Whitehorse, Canada TO TOP
Description: LOOP course on challenging trails near the Yukon River; marathon and relay options
August 11-12, Fri-Sat - Resurrection Pass 100-mile and 50-mile - Cooper Landing and Hope TO TOP
Description: 100- and 50-mile events between Hope and Cooper Landing
100-mile start: 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Hope
50-mile start: 6 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Cooper Landing
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or rpultras.com
August 12, Saturday - Nifty Fifty - Juneau TO TOP
Description: 50K, 25K and 10K trail races
Information: email@example.com or 907-586-1427
August 12, Saturday - Cirque Series Alyeska - Girdwood TO TOP
Description: 6.8-mile LOOP course with 3,800’ vertical gain and equal descent. Course includes singletrack, CAT roads, some rocky scrambling up Center Ridge and a steep descent of Max's Mountain.
Race time: 1 p.m., Sitzmark Bar & Grill
Awards: If capacity of 300 runners is reached, winners get $500 for Pro Division, $500 in gear for Expert Division and $200 in gear for Sport Division. Prize amounts will be adjusted proportionally if fewer than 300 entrants. Prizes awarded for Top 3 men and women in each division.
Registration and information: www.cirqueseries.com
Contact: Race director Julian Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ben Napolitano, email@example.com
August 13, Sunday - Mineral Creek Half Marathon - Valdez TO TOP
Description: Scenic OUT-AND-BACK on gravel roads
August 26, Saturday - Deer Mountain Fun Run - Ketchikan TO TOP
Description: 3-mile climb with 3,000’ vertical
Information: Tom Fowler, 907-617-3736
August 26, Saturday - Lost Lake Run - Seward TO TOP
Description: Challenging 15.5-mile POINT-TO-POINT trail.
Registration: Begins at 6 a.m., April 1. They will be implementing a lottery system for registration.
September 2, Saturday - McCarthy Half Marathon and 5-mile - McCarthy TO TOP
September 2-3, Saturday-Sunday - Day at the Beach - Chugiak TO TOP
September 5 - November 7, Tuesdays - Bonnie Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series - Anchorage TO TOP
Description: Popular trail races for kids and adults
Information: 907-343-4217 or www.muni.org/parks
September 9, Saturday - Alyeska Climbathon - Girdwood TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY. Climb the North Face Trail between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Complimentary tram ride down.
September 9, Saturday - Bun to Bun Runs - Talkeetna TO TOP
Description: 25K and 25K relay (3-person) on challenging trails and 5K on bike path.
Information: Dan Harrell, 715-6600, firstname.lastname@example.org or “Bun to Bun Trail Run” Facebook page.
September 14 - 28, Thursdays - RUNmatsu Thursday Night Run Series - Mat-Su Valley TO TOP
Description: Various distances on challenging trails.
Information: Kate Arnold, 746-6000, www.vmbah.org
September 16, Saturday - Equinox Marathon - Fairbanks TO TOP
Description: Challenging marathon and 3-person relay division on trails and roads
October 7, Saturday - Mountain Rescuers Challenge (2 course options) - Eklutna TO TOP
UPHILL-ONLY on the Twin Peaks Trail. Course measures 3 miles with 2,000-foot elevation gain OR Edlu Bena Loop Trail, 3 mile Fun Run with no significant elevation gain Description:
Race Time: 10 am for Twin Peaks and 11:30 am for Edlu Bena
Entry: $50 for Twin Peaks; $30 for individual or $50 family rate for Edlu Bena. All proceeds benefit Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.
Registration: amrg.org/mountain-rescue-challenge - Limited to 100 participants for Twin Peaks and 150 for Edlu Bena.
Information: Email Liz Huffman at email@example.com
October 7, Saturday - Girdwood Trail Marathon - Girdwood TO TOP
Description: 24.7-mile counterclockwise LOOP on challenging trails in the Girdwood Valley
Race time: 10 a.m., Alyeska Daylodge
Registration: Day-of-race only beginning at 8 a.m. at the Daylodge
Sponsored by: Girdwood Nordic Ski Club
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