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2016 Alaska Mountain Races and Events Calendar


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2016 Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix Races and Events
MARCH - MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER

Mar 26 Saturday
Crazy Lazy (Palmer)

May 26 Thursday
Kal's Knoya Ridge Hill Climb

6 Saturday
Matanuska Peak Challenge

13 Saturday
Alyeska Classic Mountain Run

28 Sunday
AMR Awards Banquet


 
2016 Other Alaska Races
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPT / OCTOBER / NOV

5 Thursday
Turnagain Arm Trail Race

21 Saturday
Annihilator (Nenana)

22 Sunday
Cooper Landing Trail Run

29 Sunday
Pillar Mountain Run (Kodiak)

31 Tuesday
Masochism on Moose Mountain (Fairbanks)


May 21 - Aug 27
Northern Trails Running Series
(Fairbanks Area)

4 Saturday
Alaska Endurance Trail Run (Fairbanks)

12Sunday
Wickersham Dome Trail Run (Fairbanks)

4 Monday
Anvil Mountain Run (Nome)

Jul 6 - Aug 3 Weds.
Salmon Run Series (Soldotna)

9 Saturday
Hatcher Pass Marathon
(Willow)

10 Sunday
Pioneer Ridge Vertical Mile (Palmer)

10 Sunday
Ester Dome Ass Kicker (Fairbanks)

16 Saturday
Alpine Adventure Run (Sitka)

16 Saturday
Angel Creek 50 Miler (Fairbanks)

17 Sunday
Hope Wagon Run (Hope)

23 Saturday
Crow Pass Crossing

24 Sunday
Gold Discovery Run
(Fairbanks)

30 Saturday
Chena Hot Springs Run & Soak (Fairbanks)

6 Saturday
Sitka Cross Trail Classic
Half Marathon
(Sitka)

7 Sunday
Yukon River Trail Marathon
(Whitehorse)

12-13 Friday - Saturday
Resurrection Pass 100 & 50

13 Saturday
Deer Mountain Challenge
(Ketchikan)

13 Saturday
Nifty Fifty (Juneau)

13 Saturday
Granite Tors Trail Run (Fairbanks)

14 Sunday
Mineral Creek Half Marathon
(Valdez)

21 Sunday
Kesugi Ridge Traverse (Denali)

27 Saturday
Lost Lake Run (Seward)

27 Saturday
Musk Ox Run (Fairbanks)

Sep 3 Saturday
McCarthy Half Marathon & 5 Mile

Sep 6-Nov 1 Tuesdays
Bonnie Sosa Tuesday
Night Race Series

(Anchorage)

Sep 10 Saturday
Alyeska Climbathon (Girdwood)

Sep 10 Saturday
Bun to Bun Runs (Talkeetna)

Sep 15-Oct 6 Thurs.
RUNmatsu Thursday Night Race Series (Mat-Su Valley)

Sep 17 Saturday
Equinox Marathon (Fairbanks)

Sep 24 Saturday
Arctic Valley T-Bar Challenge Hill Climb (Arctic Valley)

Oct 1  Saturday
Mountain Rescuers Challenge(Eklutna)

Oct 1 Saturday
Glacier City Trail Marathon (Girdwood)


 March 2016

March 26, Saturday - Crazy Lazy - Palmer    TO TOP

  • Description: 7-mile mountain LOOP on snow, 3,000’ vertical
  • Race Time: 11 am, Lazy Mountain Trailhead
  • Registration: www.webscorer.com
  • Entry: $25
  • Youth race: Ends at Lazy Mountain picnic table
  • Gear: Winter traction devices highly recommended
  • Information: Dane Crowley, 354-8461, moosejv@hotmail.com or John Clark, 982-9001

May 2016

May 26, Thursday - Kal's Knoya Ridge Run - Anchorage    TO TOP

  • Description: Three UPHILL ONLY races on rolling forest trail and alpine singletrack.
    • 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
    • The Happy Trail: 2.5K and 1200' vertical
  • Race Time: 6 p.m.
  • Registration: Race day registration only.
  • Entry: Donation
  • 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 jber.isportsman.net/Access.aspx
  • Information: Bill Spencer 907-306-0077, Bill.Spencer@hdrinc.com or Marianne Pedersen 907-333-8836.

 June 2016

June 4, 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
  • Information: Mark Strabel 907-746-7547 or 907-354-7949, strabel@mtaonline.net

June 19, 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: $35. No race day entry. 250 person limit. Family discounts available.
  • Parking: Use new large lot.
  • Juniors: 17 & under course goes halfway. Youths 14-17 are allowed to enter the full-course event.
  • Registration: Beginning at 10 a.m. May 1, registration for a lottery will open at register.chronotrack.com/r/20026.
    • The lottery registration window will be open for 10 days, beginning at 10 a.m. May 1 and closing at 10 p.m. May 10. There is no advantage to registering for the lottery immediately.
    • The following qualifiers are guaranteed entry provided they register during the allotted window: Top 10 men and Top 10 women from 2015; Top 3 in each age group from 2015; Top 3 boys and girls from 2015 Junior Race; all past senior and junior champions.
    • A random lottery will determine the remaining non-qualifier spots; entering the lottery will be free. 
    • The 2016 roster announcement will be May 13. Lottery winners and automatic qualifiers will receive payment instructions by email. They MUST pay for the race by 10 p.m. Sunday, May 22 or will forfeit their spot.
  • Information: akmtnrun@hotmail.com

 July 2016Photo by Lanara Buehler - Mount Marathon

July 4, Monday - Mount Marathon Race - 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.; Men – 11 a.m.; Women – 2:30 pm.
  • Entry: $65 adults/$25 juniors
  • Registration: Applications accepted from Jan. 1-March 31 at www.mmr.seward.com
  • Information: Seward Chamber of Commerce, 224-8051, mmr@seward.com. The event website is www.mmr.seward.com
  • Mt Marathon Videos

 August 2016

August 6, 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, 907-746-5133 or Lance Kopsack, 907-745-5966
  • 2014 PHOTOS

August 13, Saturday - Alyeska Classic Mountain Run - Girdwood    TO TOP

Banquet is August 23, 2009

Alaska Mountain Runners Annual Awards Banquet    TO TOP
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 6 pm

Location: Peanut Farm Bar and Grill, Back Room, 5223 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage


 Other Alaska Trail Races in 2016Photo by Derek Geno - Bird Ridge

May 5, Thursday - Turnagain Arm Trail Run - Anchorage    TO TOP
  • Description: Hilly POINT-TO-POINT trail run. 8-mile goes from Rainbow Trailhead to Potter Trailhead. 4-mile goes from McHugh Trailhead to Potter.
  • Race Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Entry: $30
  • Registration: Opens April 1 at www.signmeup.com (limited to 200 participants); no race day entry
  • Information: Sara Studebaker 907-786-6104, ssstudebaker@uaa.alaska.edu

May 22, Sunday - Cooper Landing Trail Run    TO TOP

May 24 - Aug 27, Northern Trails Running Series - Fairbanks Area    TO TOP

  • Information: www.runningclubnorth.org/northern-trails-series
  • Saturday, May 21 - Annihilator (Nenana), 6 miles
  • Tuesday, May 31 - Masochism on Moose Mountain, 4 miles
  • Sunday, June 12 - Wickersham Dome Trail Run, 8 miles
  • Sunday, July 10 - Ester Dome Ass Kicker, 7 miles
  • Saturday, July 30 - Chena Hot Springs Run & Soak, 8.5 miles
  • Saturday, Aug. 13 - Granite Tors Trail Run, 15 miles
  • Saturday, Aug. 27 - Musk Ox Run, 13 miles
May 29, Sunday - Pillar Mountain Run - Kodiak    TO TOP

June 4, Saturday - Alaska Endurance Trail Run - Fairbanks    TO TOP

July 4, Monday - 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 leaknome@alaska.com
July 6 - Aug 3, Wednesdays - Salmon Run Series - Soldotna    TO TOP
  • Description: 5K trail races at the Tsalteshi Trails
  • Information: Rhonda@kenaiwatershed.org or “Salmon Run Series” Facebook page

July 9, Saturday - Hatcher Pass Marathon - Willow    TO TOP

July 10, 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.
  • Entry: $5; race day sign-up only
  • 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). For safety reasons, parking is NOT PERMITTED on Knik River Road. Due to very limited trailhead parking, volunteers may drive to the trailhead but all race participants must take the shuttle.
July 16, 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 27. All 75 spots will fill quickly.
  • Information: Chris Horan, 907-747-6471 or christinemariehoran@gmail.com
July 16, Saturday - Angel Creek 50 - Fairbanks Area    TO TOP

July 17, Sunday - Hope Wagon Run - Hope    TO TOP

July 23, 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. July 22 at Alaska Airlines Center
  • Registration: Available in January at: secure.marathonguide.com  
  • Information: Mike Friess 907-786-1325, track@uaa.alaska.edu
July 24, Sunday - Gold Discovery Run - Fairbanks    TO TOP

August 6, Saturday - Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon and 1/2 Marathon - Sitka    TO TOP

August 7, Sunday - Yukon River Trail Marathon - Whitehorse    TO TOP
  • Description: LOOP course on challenging trails near the Yukon River; marathon and relay options
  • Information: www.yukonmarathon.com

August 12-13, Fri-Sat - Resurrection Pass 100-mile and 50-mile    TO TOP

  • Description: 100- and 50-mile events between Hope and Cooper Landing
  • 100-mile Race Time: 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Hope
  • 50-mile Race Time: 6 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Resurrection Pass Trailhead in Cooper Landing
  • Information: resurrectionruns@gmail.com or www.rpultras.com

August 13, Saturday - Deer Mountain Challenge - Ketchikan   TO TOP

  • Description: UPHILL-ONLY 2.5-mile mountain climb with 3,000-foot elevation gain
  • Registration: Free! Starts at 9 a.m. at Tatsuda's IGA
  • Information: Tom Fowler, 907-617-3736

August 13, Saturday - Nifty Fifty - Juneau   TO TOP

August 14, Sunday - Mineral Creek Half Marathon - Valdez    TO TOP

August 21, Sunday - Kesugi Ridge Traverse - Denali State Park    TO TOP

August 27, Saturday - Lost Lake Run - Seward    TO TOP

  • Description: Challenging 15.5-mile POINT-TO-POINT trail.
  • Registration: Begins at 6 a.m., April 1. In 2015, the race sold out in 14 minutes. There will be a wait list in 2016. Early registration for teams and individual fundraisers begins March 1.
  • Information: www.lostlakerun.com

September 3, Saturday - McCarthy Half Marathon and 5-mile - McCarthy    TO TOP

September 6 - November 1, 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 10, 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.
  • Registration: Opens July 1.
  • Information: www.alyeskaclimbathon.com
September 10, Saturday - Bun to Bun Runs - Talkeetna    TO TOP
  • Description: Half marathon and marathon on challenging trails and 5K on bike path.
  • Information: Dan Harrell, 907-715-6600, metta.dan@gmail.com or “Bun to Bun Trail Run” Facebook page.
September 15 - October 6, Thursdays - RUNmatsu Thursday Night Run Series - Mat-Su Valley    TO TOP
September 17, Saturday - Equinox Marathon - Fairbanks    TO TOP
  • Description: Challenging marathon, ultramarathon (64K) and 3-person relay divisions on trails and roads
  • Information: www.equinoxmarathon.org

September 24, Saturday - Arctic Valley T-Bar Challenge Hill Climb - Arctic Valley Ski Area    TO TOP

  • Description: UPHILL ONLY 1/2-mile course from the lodge to the top of the T-Bar. Vertical gain is 984 feet.
  • Race Time: 3 p.m.
  • Entry: $15 (includes barbecue). The event is part of a "Return of the Downhill Racer" fundraiser.
  • Age Requirements: Children encouraged; ages 5-8 must be accompanied by a parent. 
  • Registrationwww.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/116226
  • Information: Luke Clement, 230-1149 or lukeclement@gmail.com

October 1, Saturday - Mountain Rescuers Challenge - Eklutna    TO TOP

  • Description: UPHILL-ONLY on the Twin Peaks Trail. Course measures 5K with 2,000-foot elevation gain
  • Race Time: 10 am
  • Entry: $50 (all proceeds benefit Alaska Mountain Rescue Group)
  • Family Fun Run: On Edlu Bena Loop Trail; $25 individual, $50 family, 10:30 am start
  • Registration: Limited to 100 participants for mountain race and 150 for Fun Run
  • Information: Email Liz Huffman at race@amrg.org
October 1, Saturday - Glacier City Trail Marathon - Girdwood    TO TOP
  • Description: LOOP course on challenging trails
  • Race Time:: 9 a.m., Alyeska Daylodge
  • Information: Brian Burnett, 907-382-5880 or burntski@gmail.com 

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