2015 Alaska Mountain Races and Events Calendar
QUICK GLANCE ...
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Marianne Pedersen
333-8836. All proceeds benefit the Tom Besh Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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, email@example.com Supporting the Colony High School XC Ski Team
June 21, 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 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.
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
Contact: For more information, contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The event website is www.mmr.seward.com.
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
August 15, Saturday - Alyeska Classic Mountain Run - Girdwood TO TOP
Alaska Mountain Runners Annual Awards Banquet TO TOP
Sunday, August 23, 2015, 6 pm
Peanut Farm Bar and Grill, Back Room, 5223 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage
Other Alaska Trail Races in 2015
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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
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 extremely limited at the trailhead so a shuttle will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Mile 1.9 E. Knik River Road. Carpooling is encouraged. Early starters only may 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ben Marvin, 707-1045, email@example.com July 18, Saturday - Alpine Adventure Run - Sitka TO TOP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 18, Saturday - Bookin' for Books Trail Race - Seward TO TOP
Description: POINT-TO-POINT 6.4-mile trail from Primrose to Grayling Lake Trailhead or 3.8 mile from Divide to Grayling Lake
Race Time: 12 p.m.
Entry Fee: By donation; proceeds benefit the Seward/Moose Pass Imagination Library
Contact: Carlyn Nichols, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, email@example.com
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:
July 26 Sunday - Mountain-O Orienteering Meet - Anchorage TO TOP
Description: Mass-start mountain course in Chugach State Park For more information, visit
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:
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
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
August 15, Saturday - Nifty Fifty - Juneau TO TOP
Description: Trail options of 50K, 25K and 10K
Registration: Register at www.ultrasignup.com
Contact: For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
October 3, Sunday - Run to the Altar Half Marathon - Homer TO TOP
Northern Trails Running Series (Fairbanks area) TO TOP
For more information, visit
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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