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2014 AMR Races and Events Calendar


Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix Races and Events 2014
29 Thursday
Kal's Knoya Ridge Run

2 Saturday
Matanuska Peak Challenge

16 Saturday
Alyeska Classic Mountain Run

24 Sunday
AMR Awards Banquet

Other  Alaska  Races  2014

13 Tuesday
Turnagain Arm Trail Run

25 Sunday
Pillar Mountain Run

Northern Trails Running
- 7 races this summer!
(Fairbanks Area)


7  Saturday
Red Shirt Lake Trail Run

28-29 Sat-Sun
Sluce Box 100

4 Friday
Anvil Mountain Run

12 Saturday
Hatcher Pass Marathon

13 Sunday
Pioneer Ridge Climb

13 Sunday - CANCELLED
Bookin' for Books Trail Run

19 Saturday
Alpine Adventure Run

20 Sunday
Hope Wagon Run

20 Sunday
49th Gold Discovery Run

26 Saturday
Crow Pass Crossing


2 Saturday
Sitka Trail Marathon & Half

3 Sunday
Yukon River Trail Marathon

8-9 Fri-Sat
Resurrection Pass 100 & 50

10 Sunday
Mineral Creek Half Marathon

23 Saturday
Lost Lake Run

6 Saturday
Kesugi Ridge Traverse
(Denali State Park)

9 Tuesdays Sept 9- Nov 4
Bonnie Sosa Tuesday
Night Race Series


13 Saturday
Alyeska Climbathon

20 Saturday
52nd Equinox Marathon

OCT 4 Saturday
Run to the Altar Half Marathon

 May 2014

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, billspencerak@gmail.com 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 2014

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, strabel@mtaonline.net
  • 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

  • BIRD RIDGE REGISTRATION HAS FILLED UP.  Unfortunately, there will be no race day registration or bib exchanging as we filled the race to overcapacity in anticipation of a certain percentage of no-shows.  Many apologies.
  • 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.
  • Register Here - Bird Ridge registration opens at 8 a.m., May 1, 2014
  • For more information, contact akmtnrun@hotmail.com


 July 2014Photo by Lanara Buehler - Mount Marathon

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
    mmr@seward.com. The event website is www.mmr.seward.com

 August 2014

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.
  • 2014 PHOTOS

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
  • Registration: Online Registration Here
  • Race time: 11 a.m.
  • Entry Fee: $30
  • Contact: Deb Essex 229-1902, deb@skigirdwood.org or Brian Burnett 754-2536, bburnett@alyeskaresort.com
  • Sponsored by Girdwood Nordic Ski Club

Banquet is August 23, 2009

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 2014Photo by Derek Geno - Bird Ridge

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, nadeyong@uaa.alaska.edu
  • No race day entry – 200 person limit
  • Registration: www.signmeup.com

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 leaknome@alaska.com

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, matiasmountain@gmail.com; Ben Marvin, 707-1045, benjamin.marvin5@gmail.com
July 13, Sunday - Bookin' For Books Trail Race - Seward    TO TOP
  • Description: Scenic trail runs of 3.8 and 6.4 miles
  • Contact: Lidia Petersen by e-mail at lidia.t.petersen@gmail.com or 362-6201

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, horan@acsalaska.net
  • 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, anmaf@uaa.alaska.edu
  • 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: www.yukonmarathon.com

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 resurrectionruns@gmail.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 www.jagostreet.com

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 www.lostlakerun.org

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 www.alyeskaclimbathon.com

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 www.equinoxmarathon.org

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 www.muni.org/parks

Northern Trails Running Series (Fairbanks area)    TO TOP

For more information, visit www.runningclubnorth.org
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