2016 Alaska Mountain Races and Events Calendar
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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
Youth race: Ends at Lazy Mountain picnic table
Gear: Winter traction devices highly recommended Information: Dane Crowley, 354-8461, firstname.lastname@example.org or John Clark, 982-9001
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.
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 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.
Information: Mark Strabel 907-746-7547 or 907-354-7949, email@example.com
June 19, 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. 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The event website is www.mmr.seward.com
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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
August 13, Saturday - Alyeska Classic Mountain Run - Girdwood TO TOP
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 2016
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.
Registration: Opens April 1 at www.signmeup.com (limited to 200 participants); no race day entry
Information: Sara Studebaker 907-786-6104, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: email@example.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
Description: 50K, 25K and 10K trail races
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-586-1427
August 14, Sunday - Mineral Creek Half Marathon - Valdez TO TOP
Description: Scenic OUT-AND-BACK on gravel roads
August 21, Sunday - Kesugi Ridge Traverse - Denali State Park TO TOP
Description: Point-to-point 30-miler on mostly singletrack trail. Vertical gain of 6,200 feet.
Race Time: Starts 9 a.m. at Little Coal Creek Trailhead (Mile 163.8 Parks Highway). Finishes at Byers Lake Campground.
Mandatory gear: Windbreaker, long-sleeve shirt, tights or pants, hat, gloves, sustenance, water bottle.
Information: Race director Matias Saari, email@example.com or 529-4178. Website info at www.willowrunningcompany.com/kesugi-ridge-traverse
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Information: Luke Clement, 230-1149 or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org October 8, Sunday - G'Wood 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 email@example.com
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