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Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

I ran this race for my 48th State. My husband and I went up the week before and spent the time exploring glaciers, state and national parks and wildlife. I … MORE

I ran this race for my 48th State. My husband and I went up the week before and spent the time exploring glaciers, state and national parks and wildlife. I don’t recommend going only to run the race, as you will miss out on some amazing things Alaska has to offer!
This race is held on the weekend closest to Summer Solstice. The entire time we were there, we never saw darkness. (22 hours of daylight and the 2 hours of “not daylight” would still be bright enough to drive without headlights.) Be prepared to have trouble sleeping and feeling tired mid day. Your melatonin levels will be whacked out. Worth it though!

Course: The first 4-5 miles were on the side of a busy road. That section was pretty boring. Fortunately, nearly every road in Alaska has bike/pedestrian paths so we were never “too close” to traffic. We spent a good amount of time on gravel roads and trails through woods and along waterways. We saw a BEAR around mile 7! We had to stop running and scare him off. That was pretty cool! (My first time seeing a bear in the wild.) I enjoyed this section the most. The finish was through a neighborhood with some pretty steep but short hills. Scenery was great for Alaska. I’m sure there are other races that are more scenic. But for a mid-sized city race, I would rank it towards the top simply because they managed to avoid running on roads. Except for the first 4 miles and the last mile, it felt like a trail run.
At Packet Pickup, they ran out of race guides and seemed to be a bit uninformed of needed details. Not a big deal because the website had info. You get your shirt after the race. Nice medal.

Alaska is beautiful! You can’t go wrong with this race. Be sure to schedule some exploring in your trip.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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WhistleStop Marathon & Half Marathon

meganback FIRST-TIMER '14

WhistleStop Marathon & Half Marathon

Ran the Whistlestop as my first Half Marathon and was very happy with this decision! Very fun course, through the woods on an old railroad grade, spectators were at road … MORE

Ran the Whistlestop as my first Half Marathon and was very happy with this decision! Very fun course, through the woods on an old railroad grade, spectators were at road openings and through Ashland on the final stretch. Shirts were nice, medals nice, great atmosphere. Would definitely do this race again and recommend it!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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