Overall Rating
Overall Rating (15 Reviews)
4.1
(15 Ratings)(15 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.8
The marathon event is 26.2 miles in length beginning at Bartlett High School and traveling through the eastern foothills and across Anchorage to the West High School finish line. Scenic city bike trails, gravel, rocky, and paved roadways make up this gently rolling to extended downhill course. The race is … MORE
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    demman1024 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I really enjoyed this race. Small expo with just necessary stuff. There were only 2 negatives: 1) the cups! They were hard plastic and I had to walk through every … MORE

    I really enjoyed this race. Small expo with just necessary stuff. There were only 2 negatives: 1) the cups! They were hard plastic and I had to walk through every water station in order to drink and actually get some hydration in my mouth. Aid stations were good though but NO GELS! and 2) they post the gun time instead of chip time. If you don’t care about that sort of thing I’m sure it’s not a problem but I just do. I moseyed up to the start line then started my watch and started running. Oh well.
    I loved the long sleeve shirts and the medal. Logistics were simple! I stayed at a hotel by the airport so Ubered to the shuttle and got there in plenty of time. Stayed warm inside the High School and checked my bag 6 minutes before the start!
    Also, there is various terrain and I wasn’t quite prepared for the 7 miles of gravel/rocky terrain but I was rewarded when I saw a bear by the side of the road! The only time I’ve ever stopped to take a picture. There was some single track packed dirt which felt good on the feet and some pavement. It ended on the grass. I enjoyed all the Alaskan wilderness and greenery and water–but then I live in the desert 🙂 I definitely recommend it! Especially for us 50 staters! It was state #29 for me!

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    5
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    jamer133 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a "just for fun" marathon for me, and I have to say, it ended up being one of my favorites! The expo was small, but everyone was friendly … MORE

    This was a “just for fun” marathon for me, and I have to say, it ended up being one of my favorites! The expo was small, but everyone was friendly and they did have several booths handing out things. On race morning, I got there over an hour early. This is a smaller race (less than 600 marathon participants) so I feel I could have been dropped off even later. While waiting, everyone was friendly and the DJ was playing music and having people come up and say where they were from or giving shoutouts. The hour went by quickly.

    Race started on time and the first few miles were a bit congested, but that is normal. Around mile 4-5 we started running on gravel. I knew we would be doing this, but it took some getting used to. At mile 6.5 I saw a BEAR! He was merely crossing a side road, but what a rush! Race officials were there so I felt safe. The gravel continued for a long time until we reached the 2 miles of trail running. It was a single track, but no one was trying to get by and everyone was relaxed. I think around mile 15 we ended up back on the roads. There were plenty of water stops throughout and I felt that the amount of shade kept us cool as the sun was in full force so kudos to the race director for the route. The last 6 miles had the most crowd support as it was on a paved bike trail. Lots of friendly faces giving support. The last .3 miles are up hill and I’m not talking about a little hill. It was pretty steep so it took a good push to get up it. The final stretch to the finish is on grass, which I didn’t like as it was very uneven. Post race was amazing. So much food! They even had gluten free bread which meant a lot to me! Watermelon, oranges, grilled cheese, cinnamon bread with butter, and cookies! And everyone could eat it! Way to go! You also collected your shirt at this time and I really like the long sleeve.

    I highly recommend this race. Organized and a beautiful route!

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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    lancenull FIRST-TIMER '19

    Not a PR course. Beautiful point to point course in Anchorage. Weekend closest to the summer solstice, so it's light 24/7 (although the sun does set for a few hours.) … MORE

    Not a PR course. Beautiful point to point course in Anchorage. Weekend closest to the summer solstice, so it’s light 24/7 (although the sun does set for a few hours.) The course is on bike trails, unpaved roads, single track trails, and back to paved roads and bike paths. The second half is generally flat or downhill. Beautiful scenery along the way. Good aid stations with electrolytes and water. Many stations have pretzels and fruit too. Fantastic volunteers! Expo is small. Shirt is a finisher’s shirt you pick up at the finish.
    I really enjoyed this race.

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    4
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    4
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    5
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    3
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    jwc5115 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course was absolutely beautiful, but harder than I had expected. Most of the first 6.5 miles is sort of a false flat with a gradual uphill, so I was … MORE

    The course was absolutely beautiful, but harder than I had expected. Most of the first 6.5 miles is sort of a false flat with a gradual uphill, so I was much more tired by that point than I expected. About the next 7 miles or so were on gravel road/tank trail which just beat up my joints. Most of the rest of the course was on beautiful paved trails through the city parks. The two worst hills on the course were between mile 26 and the end.

    The race was really very well organized and volunteers were AMAZING.

    Overall, definitely a race worth doing and I’m glad I did it…but I probably wouldn’t do it again.

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    BrandonD FIRST-TIMER '19

    Beautiful scenic race! Watch out for wildlife along the course! I saw a bear!! Part of the course is on gravel. And a little on single track trail. MORE

    Beautiful scenic race! Watch out for wildlife along the course! I saw a bear!! Part of the course is on gravel. And a little on single track trail.

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    4
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    4
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    5
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    3

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    cyoungblood7 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Lots of aid stations, lots of out of state runners. Lots of bathrooms. Good trails as part of the course. Sunshine 20hr solstice race so plenty of time to enjoy … MORE

    Lots of aid stations, lots of out of state runners. Lots of bathrooms. Good trails as part of the course. Sunshine 20hr solstice race so plenty of time to enjoy Alaska!

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    4
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    4

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    runningg8r FIRST-TIMER '18

    I was able to complete this race as part of my quest to run a half in every state while in Alaska for work. I was out there taking pictures … MORE

    I was able to complete this race as part of my quest to run a half in every state while in Alaska for work. I was out there taking pictures the whole time because it was just so pretty! You run along the water for a good part of the race and spend a little under 2 miles on a trail. It’s really pretty but just be aware that you do go off road!

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    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

    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.

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    4
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    rjgarner527 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course was challenging as several hills were involved; however, the scenery made it worthwhile. Running along the coastline with mountains and views of downtown was nice. The route was … MORE

    The course was challenging as several hills were involved; however, the scenery made it worthwhile. Running along the coastline with mountains and views of downtown was nice. The route was mostly paved with the exception of a portion through the woods via trail which was a break for my knees. I was able to spot a moose along the course which was exciting being my first time in Alaska. Plenty of aid stations but personally I felt like more restrooms should have been available or more strategically placed.

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall Rating: Good. Course Difficulty: Moderate. Definitely not flat, but not hilly the whole time either. There was a fairly long stretch of gravel, which my feet welcomed, and a … MORE

    Overall Rating: Good.

    Course Difficulty: Moderate. Definitely not flat, but not hilly the whole time either. There was a fairly long stretch of gravel, which my feet welcomed, and a short stretch of single track, non technical.

    Course Scenery: It was good, but not exactly what I thought it may be in Alaska. Had views of mountains for much of it, but there are probably better runs in AK if scenery is your thing.

    Race Production: Really good. Shuttles were flawless, started on time, good start and finish chutes, and aid stations were excellent. No gels at this race, only pretzels, red twists, and oranges. Packet pickup was a breeze.

    Race Swag: Nice medal, and long sleeve tech finisher’s shirt.

    My Performance: I think I could have finished this race a little faster (maybe 4:45), but I found some folks who were running a little slower to hang out with, and that was better for me than finishing 20 minutes faster.

    Final notes: Alaska is a long way away, even by plane…just be ready for that.

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    M_Sohaskey Jun 25, 2018 at 3:38pm

    Congrats on state #49, Keith! And good point about the limited scenery, since I think most people automatically equate "Alaska" with "scenic." And YES, the state's hella far from everything,… MORE

    Congrats on state #49, Keith! And good point about the limited scenery, since I think most people automatically equate "Alaska" with "scenic." And YES, the state's hella far from everything, isn't it? Luckily its isolation is one of the things that makes it so special. Awesome to see you get this done, you've had an amazing year so far. And now the big question {drum roll}: when's the Hawaiian vacation and 26.2-mile victory lap? :) LESS

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    pollygolightly2 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Do it for the views. Running along the coastline of Alaska is worth all the hassle of getting here. It's got an awesome medal, all of the aid stations were … MORE

    Do it for the views. Running along the coastline of Alaska is worth all the hassle of getting here. It’s got an awesome medal, all of the aid stations were fully stocked and it has a very generous time cutoff.

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    thejohnsongirl FIRST-TIMER '14

    For a midnight sun marathon it ironically poured rain. Within the first mile my socks were soaked from running through puddles. It is an interesting course with road, sidewalks, bike … MORE

    For a midnight sun marathon it ironically poured rain. Within the first mile my socks were soaked from running through puddles.
    It is an interesting course with road, sidewalks, bike path, dirt roads, and even a little bit of single track trail thrown in. No real hills of note. Great crowd at the end but not much for spectators throughout. Beautiful course through the trees and a HUGE medal.

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is one of the most beautiful races that I have run. Also, despite being small (less than 700 marathon finishers) it was BY FAR the best signed course. The … MORE

    This is one of the most beautiful races that I have run. Also, despite being small (less than 700 marathon finishers) it was BY FAR the best signed course. The race organizers made sure that it was always clear which way the runners should go. I sadly did not see a moose or bear during the race (though other runners did). For those running all 50 states, I highly recommend this race for Alaska.

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '11

    I ran this race in 2011. The race was fairly small with close to 4,000 runners. The course takes you over paved road and through a patch of a trail … MORE

    I ran this race in 2011.

    The race was fairly small with close to 4,000 runners. The course takes you over paved road and through a patch of a trail run. The course was a mix of flatness and numerous hills throughout. The scenery throughout the race was great. There was a mix of running along water, through a trail of through the streets of Anchorage.

    The worst part of the race was at mile 13. As you turn a corner you notice a huge steep hill for the last .1 of the race. I can’t understand why the course would end with such a steep hill at the very end of it.

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    5
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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '10

    This was a beautiful point to point marathon, ending in one of Anchorages beautiful downtown areas. Along the route, you have beautiful views, great chances of seeing wildlife (I saw … MORE

    This was a beautiful point to point marathon, ending in one of Anchorages beautiful downtown areas. Along the route, you have beautiful views, great chances of seeing wildlife (I saw moose and bald eagles, but others saw a black bear). It is a fairly small sized marathon, so you never feel crowded, yet since much of the course is run on rocky trails, you are in close proximity, enough to visit if you desire. The one issue that I had, and it is a big issue, the shuttle buses were full before they got to my locale, so after about 120 minutes of waiting, I decided to hitchhike to the start line. Having grown up in Alaska, I felt very safe to do so, but know that this might put others off. I am certain some of the 40-50 people waiting, did not make it to the start on time. Overall, a beautiful, safe and pretty comfortable course to run.

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