2018 Anchorage Mayor's Marathon & Half

June 23, 2018



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Pricing                                          Until 3-31    Until 5-15     After 5-15    Expo
Full Marathon                                   
$80              $85              $95           $110
$70              $75               $85           $100
$25              $30               $40            $50
Marathon Relay (4-person)              
$130            $140             $160          $190
Buddy HM Relay (3-person)             
$95              $100             $125          $135
Buddy HM Relay (2-person)             
$65              $70               $95            $105

No Race Day Registration

We allow event changes as long as they are completed before June 9. No event changes will be allowed on race day. If you are changing to a longer event (e.g. from half marathon to the marathon) then you must pay the difference in the entry fees. We are not able to give refunds if you change to a shorter event or cancel your registration. Prior to June 9 please notify by email ( the race director if you want to change events. If your name, age on race day or sex is incorrect please notify the race director as early as possible via e-mail. In your correspondence please list your full name as it is currently listed and what corrections need to be made. Unfortunately, we are not able to give refunds for any entry fees.


June 21
     Alaska Lifestyle and Fitness Expo (packet pickup) - 3pm to 8 pm
     Healthy Futures Kids Run - Registration until 6:30 pm, Race 7 pm
     Alaska Airlines Center - 3550 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 

June 22
Alaska Lifestyle and Fitness Expo (packet pickup) - 10 am to 6 pm
    Alaska Airlines Center - 3550 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska

June 23
Midnight Sun Marathon & Marathon Relay Start - 7:30 am (Barlett High School)
    Alaska Half-Marathon & Buddy Half Marathon - 9 am (Delaney Park Strip)
    Costal 5K - 9:15 am (Delaney Park Strip)
    Race Course Closes - 3 pm

The Anchorage Mayor's Marathon and Half Marathon is held each year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. Here are future dates: 
     June 23, 2018
     June 22, 2019
     June 20, 2020
     June 19, 2021
     June 18, 2022

Bib and Poster Pick Up
Bring a photo id so you can pick-up your bib, timing chip, and the event poster (if you ordered one). There will be no packet pick-up on race day. You can have a friend or relative pick up your packet. They will just need to show their id and sign for it ... just make sure you know they have your packet!

Healthy Futures Kid's Mile
Healthy Futures – Kid's Mile is a free event for youth of grade school age with a full mile or half-mile option.  All runners will receive a race bib and finisher's medal. Registration and race will be held June 21, 2018 at the Alaska Airlines Center. Registration cutoff time is 6:30 p.m. the race will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Alaska Lifestyle Expo
Get great deals on running gear, purchase commemorative poster and apparel, learn more about health & fitness while enjoying all the Alaska Health & Fitness Expo has to offer. For more information and to reserve your exhibitor space, please contact Travis Parrish at 907-786-7807 or by email at

Official merchandise available at

Visit Anchorage can help you find a place to stay in Anchorage whether you want a 5 star hotel or just a place to pitch a tent. You can even request to have each hotel email you if they have any rooms available for Marathon weekend. 

Visitor Information
Anchorage has a lot to offer, so make sure you plan ahead and have enough time to see the sights. The Visit Anchorage web site can help you plan your trip. Find out where to climb a glacier, see a moose, and catch a salmon. You can also find the best places to eat, sleep and dance the night away.

Visitor's Quick Links
Where to Stay
Things to See & Do
Anchorage Quick Facts

Visitor's Guide
Request a Free Visitor's Guide

Course Info and Maps
Marathon & Marathon Relay Map (starts at Bartlett High School)
The marathon start is 220 feet above sea level. The course climbs to 490 feet by mile 13 and then drops to 20 feet by mile 24. The finish is 100 feet above sea level. For more detailed information please take a look at the Course Elevation Profile.

The Marathon course is certified by USA Track and Field and finishers can use their results to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Alaska Half-Marathon Map (starts at Delaney Park Strip)

Buddy Half Marathon Map - 2&3 Legs (starts at Delaney Park Strip)

Coastal 5K Map - (starts at Delaney Park Strip)

Aid Stations
Aid Stations are located at the following mile markers:

Marathon: 2, 4, 7.1, 9.2, 11, 13, 15, 17.8, 19.5, 20.5, 21, 23, and 25.2
Half Marathon: 2.6, 4.8, 6.5, 8.2, 10, 11.5  
5K: 3.0

Each aid station will have water, oranges, and pretzels. Some aid stations will have additional food and drinks. It varies according to the volunteers manning the station.
We will be providing watermelon, bananas, oranges, and bagels to all runners at the finish. Spectators are welcome to share with the runners, but please let the runners have first chance on the refreshments.

The race provides mobile medics for runners who are injured and cannot make it to the next aid station. Medics will patrol sections of the trail to look for runners who need assistance. Mobile medics will patrol the course in six wheel ATV's from mile 7 to mile 15 and on bicycles from mile 15 to the finish line. If you find yourself injured and unable to make it to the next aid station, have another runner report your location and the nature of your injury at the next aid station. The nearest mobile medic will be dispatched by radio to your location and arrange transportation for you. A sag wagon will be available for all registered marathon participants who cannot complete the race beginning at mile 15. Participants can be picked up at any aid station after mile 15 by notifying the medical personnel at that station.

Since 1998, the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon has utilized a Chip-Style Timing System. Runners will be issued a timing chip that is located on their bib. Please do not fold or crunch your bib. An antenna at the finish line will sense your chip as you cross and assign you a finish time. Runners need to make sure that they are wearing the bib. Any runner who forgets to wear their bib or damages the chip on the bib will not receive a finish time. Please follow the instructions included with the chip. Unofficial results will be updated on this website throughout the day beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. Alaska Standard Time on race day. We will also submit unofficial results to the Alaska Dispatch News but have no control over how many finishers they print in the paper. We will be sending all runners a copy of the Official Race Results by e-mail in approximately 4-6 weeks. We will update results throughout the day on race day. Aditionally, we are striving to be able to provide splits for the marathon and half marathon. Gun time is the time between when the gun went off and when you crossed the finish line. All of the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon events are scored using gun time. Net time is the time between when you crossed the start line to when you crossed the finish line. We only have the capability to provide net time for the marathon and do so only as a courtesy. Those who were standing at the front of the pack when the gun went off will have the same time for both gun and net time. USA Track and Field, the governing body for road races, only recognizes gun time as official times. This is why we use gun time as the official time for scoring the event. As far as qualifying times are concerned, it depends on the event you are trying to qualify for. The Boston marathon accepts net times for qualification, but other events do not. It is best to check with the event. As far as bragging rights are concerned, net time is the way to go!

Equipment Drop
Runners faced with the dilemma of how to get equipment, sweats, and warm-ups from the start to the finish can rest at ease. An equipment shuttle truck will be at the Bartlett start area. To utilize this service:
1. Write your name and bib # on the bags provided.
2. Place the equipment that you wish to transport, in the bag.
3. Tie a good knot. Your equipment bag will be transported to the Delaney Park Strip finish area and can be claimed with your bib. Race Officials and sponsors are not responsible for lost or damaged belongings. If you use this service, it is by your decision and knowledge of risk.

Parking Start of Full Marathon: Due to construction at Bartlett High School, participants and spectators must park in the Tikahtnu Commons parking lot (south side of Muldoon Road). Start of Half, 5K and Spectator Viewing: Parking is limited around finish area. We advise either walking to Parkstrip, utilizing street parking,(please be courteous and respectful to the neighborhood residence while parking) or parking in 6th Ave Garage which is located north east, about six blocks of park.

Shuttle Buses      
Runners are given priority on all shuttles. Spectators can use the shuttles as long as there is space available. The shuttle buses that head to the start before the event are often too full to take spectators. Free shuttle buses are available to take runners to the marathon start from the downtown parking garages and downtown hotels before the start. Shuttles will also be available from the finish line back to the downtown parking garages, downtown hotels, and the marathon start. A shuttle bus schedule can be found by using the link below. Click HERE for more information on Shuttle Buses.

The average weather found on race day is partly cloudy, winds averaging up to 10 m.p.h., humidity of 40% with a temperature range between 55-70 F. Although it has only rained 7 times on race day in the past 31 years, runners and spectators should always be prepared for rainy weather. Marathon participants soon find out why Alaska is known as "Land of the Midnight Sun". Sunrise on race day will be at 4:21 a.m. and sunset will be at 11:43 p.m. for a total of 19 hours and 22 minutes of daylight.

Click here for current weather for Anchorage

Medical Care
There are many components, staged and mobile, that make up the total medical coverage of the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon & Half-Marathon. The medical team's goal is to provide the best first-aid and medical services possible to ensure everyone's safety and success.

The medical care starts before the races begin. Medical/Athletic Taping Tents are set up at the start of the marathon course at Bartlett High School and at the start of the half marathon and 5K course at Delaney Park Strip. Certified Athletic Trainers are at each of these areas to assist with racers last minute preventative injury needs.

There is an army of dedicated medical professionals ready to provide coverage at the multitude of staged Medical Stations and the Finish Line Medical Tent after the start pistols are fired.

There are 13 two-manned stations on the marathon course and six on the half marathon/5K course, each spaced about two miles apart and are adjacent to all of the course's aid (hydration) stations. Additionally, there are 10 to 15 additional medical staff awaiting runners at the finish. All of the medical staff station and finish-line personnel are prepared for the entire spectrum of medical services, minor to severe.

For more comprehensive coverage, and because you cannot rely on every participant medical/emergency need occurring within reach of the 19 Medical Stations, there are also mobile first-aid services between stations. This is accomplished by medical bikers, a motorcycle medic, medical ATVs, and medical rovers -- all volunteers -- who roam back and forth between the Medical Stations on both race courses.

Look for medical bikers between miles 14 and 25 of the marathon and between miles 2 and 12 of the half marathon. A motorcycle medic roams the hilly section between miles 15 and 17 of the marathon (Campbell Airstrip Road), and three medical ATVs are on the dirt trails between miles 7 and 14 of the marathon course (this section of the course is an 8-mile stretch on an off-road military tank trail adjacent to the Chugach State Park wilderness and an area of the course that is not uncommon to engage in a bear or moose encounter).

The safety and well-being of all the runners/walkers in the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K and youth race is a team effort and it is the utmost priority to all of the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon & Half-Marathon race officials.

Stay safe and best of luck! 

Ask the Experts
Have a question about the race course, aid stations, bus schedule, or what to wear to the start? We will have a cadre of race experts on hand to answer all of your questions. Members of the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be on hand to answer questions about local sightseeing, shopping, and dining opportunities.

Headphones are allowed, but we strongly encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings. Safety always comes first and race officials reserve the right to rescind this allowance.

For more race information or questions:

Contact race director Michael Friess at