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 points race.
The Original: 5.6K and 2900' vertical. No limit on number of participants.
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
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.
Entry: $35. No race day entry . 250 person limit.
Parking: Use new large lot.
Juniors: 17 & under course goes halfway. Youths 14-17 are allowed to enter the full- course event.
Registration: Begins May 1 at www.alaskamountainrunners.org. An entry lottery will be conducted.
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
August 12, Saturday - Alyeska Classic Mountain Run - Girdwood TO TOP
Description: UPHILL ONLY 2.2-mile course with 2,000’ vertical on North Face Trail. Courtesy tram ride down.
Race time: 10 a.m., Alyeska Tram
Information: Brian Burnett, 754-2536, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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 16 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)
Website: (pending) www.kesugiridgetraverse.com (Consult website for information about mandatory gear, qualifier races, time cut-offs, camping and shuttle.
Information: Matias Saari 529-4178, 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 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 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 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 a.m. for Twin Peaks and 11 a.m. 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: 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: LOOP course on challenging trails
Race time: 9 a.m., Alyeska Daylodge
Information: Brian Burnett, 382-5880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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