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2015 Alaska Mountain Races and Events Calendar


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2015 AMR Grand Prix Races and Events
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
28 Thursday
Kal's Knoya Ridge Run
4 Saturday
Mount Marathon

1 Saturday
Matanuska Peak Challenge

15 Saturday
Alyeska Classic Mountain Run

23 Sunday
AMR Awards Banquet


 
2015 Other Alaska Races
MARCH - MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPT / OCTOBER / NOV

Mar 14 Saturday
Crazy Lazy (Palmer)

May 12 Tuesday
Turnagain Arm Trail Run

May 24 Sunday
Pillar Mountain Run (Kodiak)

May 30 Saturday
Red Shirt Lake Trail Run
(Willow)


Northern Trails Series
(Fairbanks Area)


4 Saturday
Anvil Mountain Run (Nome)

4 Saturday
Hatcher Pass Marathon
(Willow)

11 Saturday
Pioneer Ridge Climb (Palmer)

18 Saturday
Alpine Adventure Run (Sitka)

18 Saturday
Angel Creek 50 (Fairbanks)

19 Sunday
Hope Wagon Run (Hope)

25 Saturday
Crow Pass Crossing

26 Sunday
50th Gold Discovery Run
(Fairbanks)

26 Sunday
Mountain-O Orienteering Meet
(Anchorage)

2 Sunday
Yukon River Trail Marathon
(Whitehorse)

7-8 Friday - Saturday
Resurrection Pass 100 & 50

8 Saturday
Sitka Trail Marathon & Half

9 Sunday
Mineral Creek Half Marathon
(Valdez)

15 Saturday
Nifty Fifty (Juneau)

22 Saturday
Lost Lake Run (Seward)

5 Saturday
McCarthy Half Marathon

8-Nov 3 Tuesdays
Bonnie Sosa Tuesday
Night Race Series

(Anchorage)

12 Saturday
Kesugi Ridge Traverse
(Denali State Park)

12 Saturday
Alyeska Climbathon (Girdwood)

19 Saturday
Equinox Marathon (Fairbanks)

Oct 3 Saturday
Run to the Altar Half Marathon
(Homer)


 May 2015

May 28, 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.
  • Directions: Muldoon to Pioneer, Pioneer to Klutina. Park along Pioneer. Walk through
    the gate at Klutina and follow trail to registration.
  • Race Time: 6 p.m.
  • Entry Fee: Donation
  • Registration: Race day registration only.
  • 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, billspencerak@gmail.com or Marianne Pedersen
    333-8836.
  • All proceeds benefit the Tom Besh Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 June 2015

June 6, 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 a.m., Government Peak Recreation Area
  • Entry Fee: $30. From May 20-June 3, $40. On race day, $50.
  • Registration: www.webscorer.com beginning May 1 at 12:01 am.
  • There is no cap on the number of entrants.
  • Contact: Mark Strabel 746-7547, strabel@mtaonline.net
  • Supporting the Colony High School XC Ski Team  

June 21, Sunday - Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb (Bird Ridge) - Indian 
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  • Description: UPHILL ONLY, 3 miles, 3,400' vertical
  • Race Time: 10 a.m., Bird Ridge Trailhead. No bib pickup after 9:30 a.m.
  • Entry fee: $35. No race day entry. 250 person limit. Family discounts available.
  • Registration: Register Here. Registration will begin here at 8 am. on May 1st and continue until filled.
  • Parking: Please use new parking lot.
  • Junior racers 17 years old and younger will run approximately half the mountain.
    Youths 14-17 are allowed to run the full course.
  • Contact: akmtnrun@hotmail.com

 July 2015Photo by Lanara Buehler - Mount Marathon

July 4, Saturday - Mount Marathon Race - Seward     TO TOP

  • Description: Mount Marathon Race is the oldest mountain race in the U.S. and will celebrate its
    88th running in 2015. It goes UP AND DOWN a steep 3,000-foot mountain and is
    about 3 miles long. The junior division goes halfway.
  • Race times: Juniors - 9:30 a.m.; Women - 11:15 a.m.; Men - 3 pm.
  • Entry fees: $65 adults/$25 juniors
  • Registration: Entry applications are accepted from January 1 through March 31 at
    www.mmr.seward.com
  • Contact: For more information, contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051 or
    mmr@seward.com. The event website is www.mmr.seward.com.

 August 2015

August 1, 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.
  • Race Time: 9 a.m., Lazy Mountain parking lot
  • Entry Fee: $30; sign-up only available on race morning
  • No aid stations. Mandatory gear includes windbreaker top and bottom, long underwear
    top and bottom, hat, gloves and water bottle.
  • Contact: Braun Kopsack 746-5133
  • 2014 PHOTOS

August 15, Saturday - Alyeska Classic Mountain Run - Girdwood    TO TOP

  • Description: UPHILL ONLY 2.2-mile mountain sprint with 2,000-foot elevation gain on
    North Face Trail. Courtesy tram ride down.
  • Race time: 10 a.m., Alyeska Tram
  • Entry Fee: $30
  • Contact: Deb Essex 229-1902, deb@skigirdwood.org or Brian Burnett 754-2536, bburnett@alyeskaresort.com

Banquet is August 23, 2009

Alaska Mountain Runners Annual Awards Banquet    TO TOP
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Details To Be Announced

 Other Alaska Trail Races in 2015Photo by Derek Geno - Bird Ridge

March 14, Saturday - Crazy Lazy - Palmer    TO TOP

  • Description: 7-mile mountain LOOP with 3,000 feet of vertical gain and loss.
  • Race time: 11 a.m., Lazy Mountain Trailhead
  • Winter traction devices highly recommended
  • Entry Fee: $25; race-day entry only
  • Contact: Dane Crowley, 354-8461, moosejv@hotmail.com or John Clark, 982-9001.
May 12, Tuesday - Turnagain Arm Trail Run - Anchorage    TO TOP
  • Description: Technical and hilly POINT-TO-POINT trail run. 8-mile race goes from
    Potter Trailhead to Rainbow Valley Trailhead. 4-mile race goes from McHugh Creek
    Trailhead to Rainbow Valley.
  • Race time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Entry Fee: $25; no race day entry
  • Registration: Register Online at www.signmeup.com
  • Contact: Sara Studebaker 786-6104, ssstudebaker@uaa.alaska.edu

May 24, Sunday - Pillar Mountain Run - Kodiak    TO TOP

May 30, Saturday - Red Shirt Lake Trail Run - Willow    TO TOP

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 leaknome@alaska.com
July 4, Saturday - Hatcher Pass Marathon - Willow    TO TOP
  • Description: Mostly gravel road POINT-TO-POINT route with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. 3-person relay option also offered.
  • For more information, visit www.willowrunningcompany.com
July 11, Saturday - Pioneer Ridge Climb - Palmer    TO TOP
  • Description: Uphill-only, 4.5 miles, 5,100-foot elevation gain
  • Race time: 11 a.m.; an early start will also be offered at 10 a.m. for slower runners
  • Entry fee: $5; day of race sign-up only
  • Parking: Parking is limited at the trailhead so a shuttle will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the west-side gravel bar immediately after crossing the Knik River. Early starters only can skip the shuttle and drive directly to the trailhead.
  • Race start: Pioneer Ridge Trailhead, Mile 4 E. Knik River Road
  • Contact: Matias Saari, 529-4178, matiasmountain@gmail.com; Ben Marvin, 707-1045, benjamin.marvin5@gmail.com
July 18, Saturday - Alpine Adventure Run - Sitka    TO TOPalaska
  • Description: POINT-TO-POINT 7-mile mountain run trail run with 2,000-foot climb
  • 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.
  • Contact: Chris Horan, 907-747-6471 or horan@acsalaska.net
July 18, Saturday - Angel Creek 50 - Fairbanks Area    TO TOP
  • Description: Point-to-point 50-miler on backcountry trails in the Chena River State Recreation Area near Fairbanks
  • Contact: For more information, visit angelcreek50.org or contact Drew Harrington at 907-451-6604 or drew.harrington@live.com

July 19, Sunday - Hope Wagon Run - Hope    TO TOP

  • Description: 5.3K on roads and trails
  • For more information, contact Pam Skogstad at 782-3521 or e-mail hopewagonrun@gmail.com.
July 25, 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
  • Race Time: 7 a.m., Crow Pass Trailhead
  • Entry Fee: $65 – Limited to 130 entrants
  • Mandatory meeting and bib pick-up is Friday, July 24.
  • Contact: Mike Friess 786-1325, anmaf@uaa.alaska.edu
  • Registration: Registration forms available in May at www.goseawolves.com
July 26 Sunday - 50th 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/gold-discovery.
July 26 Sunday - Mountain-O Orienteering Meet - Anchorage    TO TOP
  • Description: Mass-start mountain course in Chugach State Park
  • For more information, visit www.oalaska.com.
August 2, 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: www.yukonmarathon.com.

August 7-8, Fri-Sat - Resurrection Pass 100-mile and 50-mile    TO TOP

  • Description: 100- and 50-mile races between Hope and Cooper Landing
  • 100-mile Race Time: 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Hope
  • 50-mile Race Time: 6 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Cooper Landing
  • For more information or to sign up, e-mail resurrectionruns@gmail.com

August 8, Saturday - Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon and 1/2 Marathon - Sitka    TO TOP

August 9, Sunday - Mineral Creek Half Marathon - Valdez    TO TOP
  • Description: Scenic OUT-AND-BACK on gravel roads
  • For more information and to register, visit www.jagostreet.com.

August 15, Saturday - Nifty Fifty - Juneau   TO TOP

August 22, Saturday - Lost Lake Run - Seward    TO TOP

  • Description: Scenic and challenging 15.5-mile POINT-TO-POINT trail. Proceeds Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Registration: Opens at 6 a.m., April 1. The race sold out in 40 minutes last year.
  • For more information, visit www.lostlakerun.org.

September 5, Saturday - McCarthy Half Marathon and 5-mile - McCarthy    TO TOP

September 8 - November 3, Tuesdays - Bonnie Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series - Anchorage    TO TOP

  • Description: Short trail races for kids and adults every Tuesday from Sept. 8-Nov. 3.
  • For more information, contact Anchorage Parks & Recreation at 343-4217 or visit www.muni.org/parks
September 12, Saturday - Kesugi Ridge Traverse - Denali State Park    TO TOP
  • Description: 27.5-mile crossing of Kesugi Ridge from Little Coal Creek to Byers Lake
  • Meet at Mile 147 Parks Highway
  • For more information, visit www.willowrunningcompany.com

September 12, Saturday - Alyeska Climbathon - Girdwood    TO TOP

  • Description: UPHILL ONLY. Climb the North Face Trail (tram base to tram top) as many times as you can between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Complimentary tram ride down.
  • For more information, visit www.alyeskaclimbathon.com.

September 19, Saturday - 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 www.equinoxmarathon.org

October 3, Sunday - Run to the Altar Half Marathon - Homer    TO TOP

Northern Trails Running Series (Fairbanks area)    TO TOP

For more information, visit www.runningclubnorth.org

May 23 - Annihilator (Nenana)
June 2 - Masochism on Moose Mountain
June 14 - Wickersham Dome Trail Run
July 12 - Ester Dome Ass Kicker
Aug. 1 - Chena Hot Springs Run & Soak
Aug. 15 - Granite Tors Trail Run
Aug. 29 - Musk Ox Run

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