ANCHORAGE – Start times for the Delaney Park Strip portion of the 2014 Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon & Half-Marathon have been adjusted, race director Michael Friess announced Thursday.

The 41st annual event, set for June 21 and sponsored by ConocoPhillips, will now feature staggered start times, with the half-marathon at 9 a.m., the 4-miler at 9:15, and the youth cup at 9:30. The full marathon will begin as usual at Bartlett High School at 8 a.m.

“Adjusting the start times at the Park Strip will relieve course congestion and enhance the race-day experience for runners, course officials and spectators,” Friess said. “This is just another way we are striving to improve the event each year.”

Friess also noted that the lead runners in the new buddy half-marathon will start alongside the traditional half-marathoners at the Park Strip at 9 a.m.

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