Matias Saari, MMR Director

Salomon Signs on as Presenting Sponsor for Mount Marathon Race

Salomon Signs on as Presenting Sponsor for Mount Marathon Race

Salomon signs three-year contract as the event’s exclusive footwear sponsor

SEWARD, Alaska (April 26, 2021) – Salomon, the leading trail running brand that helped put the Mount Marathon Race on the international map, is the new presenting sponsor of the iconic event in Seward, Alaska. Salomon has signed a three-year contract for 2021-2023 and will also be the event’s exclusive footwear sponsor.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to support Mount Marathon in 2021 and beyond!” said Stephanie Gardner, sports marketing manager for Salomon North America. “Salomon was born in the French Alps and we live to play in big mountains. As a brand, Salomon aligns perfectly with Mount Marathon’s rich, unique history as one of the oldest foot races in America, on one of the most beautiful, rugged courses around.”

A junior racer wearing Salomon shoes at MMR Photo by Joel Krahn

Mount Marathon is among five of the races that Salomon will focus its U.S. trail and mountain race sponsorships on in 2021. “The Mount Marathon Race is honored that Salomon has joined our team and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership,” race director Matias Saari said. “It’s a perfect fit. Salomon shoes are ubiquitous on the slopes of Mount Marathon and its professional athletes have helped raised the competitive bar for many years.”

 In 2013, Rickey Gates became the first professional runner sponsored by Salomon to race Mount Marathon and placed a close second to Alaskan Eric Strabel, who broke a long-standing record. Gates’ subsequent articles and social media posts helped gain notoriety for Mount Marathon. In 2015, Gates recruited international stars Kilian Jornet of Spain and Emelie Forsberg of Sweden and each shattered the Mount Marathon record (Forsberg’s mark of 47 minutes, 48 seconds still stands). In 2016, SalomonTV produced a 10-minute video about Mount Marathon that featured multiple Salomon athletes. “We’re excited to continue telling the story of this iconic race and get the best athletes in the world out to Seward in July,” Gardner said.

Descending unforgiving rock in Salomon shoes. Photo by Joel Krahn

 

The Mount Marathon Race will celebrate its 93rd running on Wednesday, July 7. The race measures just 5 kilometers but includes an exceptionally steep climb of 3,000 vertical feet followed by an obstacle-filled descent through scree fields and a rocky creek.

Despite the dangers, the event is so popular that demand for a race bib greatly exceeds the limited supply. Typically held on the 4th of July, the race draws thousands of spectators to the mountain town overlooking Resurrection Bay. However, this year’s race will be held following the holiday as a mitigation measure due to the ongoing pandemic.

Max King of Salomon wins the 2019 race. Photo by Joel Krahn

David Norris of Alaska, the race record holder, and Salomon-sponsored Dakota Jones of Montana are among those on the 2021 roster. The deep women’s field includes multiple champions from Alaska, Olympic skiers and talented Lower 48 challengers.

For more information about Mount Marathon, please visit https://mountmarathon.com/.

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About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon is committed to pushing the boundaries of mountain sports through the creation of innovative equipment that allows people to play, progress and challenge themselves in their chosen outdoor sports. The company produces and sells premium footwear, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, hiking equipment, and apparel specifically designed for all of those disciplines. Products are developed in the company’s Annecy Design Center, where engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to create innovative solutions that continually improve the outdoor experiences of those who see nature as a vast playground.

2021 Registration Changes

Due to the 2020 race not being held as a result of COVID-19, the following changes for 2021 registration have been implemented by the race committee, outlined below.

Also, please be sure to review again, the 2020 Rule Changes announced last year! 


Registration Changes for 2021

Info for Priority status registrants

Info for those listed on the 2021 Race Roster

  • All racers on the 2021 roster must either 1) confirm their intention to race on July 7, 2) defer to 2022 (no reason or documentation required for approval, this year only), or 3) relinquish their spot in the 2021 race.
  • Racers on the 2021 roster who confirm to race in 2021 will NOT be charged a registration fee. Those who defer will keep their spot in 2022 but will be required to pay the registration fee per our deferral policy.
  • A link for those on the 2021 race roster to confirm, defer to 2022 or relinquish will be delivered by email, to the address used for 2020 registration on February 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm. Please check your email, and your Spam folder.
  • The 2021 race spot of any racer who fails to complete this process during the designated time period, for any reason, will be relinquished. 
  • Racers who choose to relinquish their spot in the 2021 race are subject to all existing registration rules – be sure you understand how the decision will impact you individually. The status of priority registrants who hold 10-year status, and past race winners would not be impacted.
  • Confirmations, deferrals or relinquishments made by mail, phone, email or any other communication method are not valid.
  • Juniors who have aged in to the 2021 men’s or women’s races are required to pay the $50 difference between the junior and adult fees (watch your email for an invoice from Mount Marathon Race)

Info for adult race Lottery applicants

Info for junior race Lottery applicants

  • Junior race lottery applications (to fill the spots available by juniors aging into the adult races) will be taken between March 1-31 only.
  • The regular junior race lottery application fee, and additional payment for lottery winners, will apply.

Info for one-time spot petitioners

Mount Marathon Race moved to July 7

The 93rd Mount Marathon Race has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Citing safety concerns and the challenge of mitigating risk among spectators and participants during a pandemic, the Mount Marathon Race Committee voted to shift the race from the 4th of July holiday weekend to the middle of the subsequent week.

“The crowds will be much smaller on a Wednesday and that is important for holding a race as popular as Mount Marathon during COVID-19,” race director Matias Saari said.

Mount Marathon is traditionally held on the 4th of July and draws about 900 racers and many thousands of spectators. Like most large events in 2020, the race was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, its first cancellation since 1942.

This year’s date change is not unprecedented: in 1927 the race was moved to Sunday, July 2 at the request of visitors who wanted to watch but couldn’t stay beyond the weekend.

The race committee’s decision means that planning for the 93rd running will continue, but it does not guarantee the race will actually be held. A final decision on the race status will be announced by June 4 after careful consideration of the pandemic’s situation and review of local, state and national health mandates and recommendations.

The race plan will include extensive COVID-19 mitigation.

“Our mission is to make the event as safe as possible for racers, volunteers, officials, sponsors, spectators and the residents of Seward,” Saari said.

On Feb. 5, the race committee made several other impactful decisions:

  • Between March 1-15, those on the 2020 roster must reconfirm their intent to participate in 2021, defer to 2022 or decline their spot.
  • For adults seeking entry in 2021, men’s and women’s lotteries will NOT be held. Few spots were expected to be available and the committee cited the need to simplify the race plan for 2021. Lottery odds are expected to improve due to extra spots in 2022.
  • For youth seeking entry in 2021, a junior race lottery will be held with applications accepted from March 1-15. Forty-four juniors are aging in to the adult races in 2021, making those spots available in a junior lottery.
  • Petitions for a one-year entry in 2021 will be accepted from March 16-31.
  • An online auction is planned for June (dates to be determined) for 10 men’s and 10 women’s spots. No in-person auction the night before the race will be conducted.
  • The updated 2021 roster will be announced in mid-April.
Christy Marvin descends in 2019. Photo by Joel Krahn

The oldest mountain race in the U.S. has been called the “toughest 5K on the planet” by Outside magazine. It goes steeply up 3,000 feet on Mount Marathon and plummets back to downtown Seward, encountering many obstacles and dangers along the way.

The current women’s roster includes past champions Christy Marvin, Hannah LaFleur, and Olympian Jessica Yeaton along with several accomplished mountain runners from the Lower 48 and Canada.

The men’s roster includes 2019 champion Max King from Oregon, race record holder David Norris of Anchorage, 2017 champion and Olympic skier Scott Patterson, professional runner Zach Miller from Pennsylvania, Iditarod dog mushing legend Dallas Seavey and Seward’s Fred Moore, 81, who returns for his 51st consecutive race.

The Mount Marathon Race is owned by the Seward Chamber of Commerce and organized by the Mount Marathon Race Committee.

For more information, visit www.mountmarathon.com.

2020 Logo Winner Announced!

 

YM Cho is the 2020 Mount Marathon Race logo contest winner.

Cho’s unique design of a mountain emerging from a running shoe was the winner among about 25 entries as chosen by the Mount Marathon Race Committee.

Cho is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist who divides her time between Chicago and Tucson, Ariz. She learned about the MMR logo contest four years ago.

“It’s truly an honor to win it,” Cho said.

“I actually learned about this contest by searching through Google because I’ve always been interested in participating in art/design contests,” she added.

 

 

 

Rules Changes To Be Implemented in 2021

NOTE: The rules below were approved by the Mount Marathon Race Committee in early 2020; due to the 2020 cancellation, the 2021 race is the first year for implementation.

 

1. TOP 50 PERCENT AGE GROUP RULE —
Beginning in 2021, racers need to finish in the Top 50 Percent of their age group to earn priority registration.

To earn Priority Registration in 2022, adult racers will need to finish the 2021 race in the top 50 percent of their age group. This replaces the First 225 Finishers Rule for ensuring Priority Registration. Priority Registration guarantees a runner entry provided they register between March 1-31. 

  • To ensure that inspirational older participants are not displaced, the existing Top 10 Age Group Finishers Rule for Priority Registration will remain. 
  • Those with 10-Year Status retain Priority Registration.
  • This rule is intended to increase the number of lottery spots and lottery selection odds. 

Frequently asked questions about the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule.

2. 10-YEAR NEW RACER REPEAL RULE —
New racers in 2021 are ineligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status

Beginning with the 2021 results, new racers will NOT be eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status. Previously called Veteran Status, this rule grants Priority Registration to those who have completed 10 or more races. Priority Registration guarantees a runner entry provided they register between March 1-31.

  • Those who have previously completed an adult race within the cutoff time or submitted a deferral in 2019 remain eligible for Priority 10-Year Status. 
  • Those who have already earned Priority 10-Year Status will keep their Priority Registration
  • This change will begin increasing the lottery selection odds in 2030.

Frequently asked questions about 10-Year New Racer Repeal Rule.

3. Beginning in 2021, the adult racers capacity increases to 375

The number of entrants in the men’s and women’s races will increase from 350 to 375.

  • This rule will add racers to each event and improve lottery selection odds.
  • Due to no-shows, the number of entrants will be considerably higher than the number of actual racers.

 

Frequently asked questions about the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule

There are 73 people in my age group in 2021. If I finish 37th, am I eligible for Priority Registration in 2022?
– No. 37th out of 73 equals 50.7%. This finish is not in the top 50 percent. You would have needed to finished 36th or higher for Priority Registration.

My final junior race is in 2021. If I do not finish in the top 50 percent of my age group, do I have Priority Registration when I apply  for the men’s race next year?  
– Yes. Junior racers aging into the adult race at age 18 will continue to have Priority Registration regardless of placing.

If I place 10th of 16 in the men’s 60-69 age group in 2021, do I have Priority Registration in 2022?
– Yes. Although you did not place in the top 50 percent of your age group, you earn Priority Registration because you satisfy the Top 10 Age Group Finishers Rule.

If I do not finish in the top 50 percent of my age group or finish in the top 10 of my age group, but finish before the 2:30 time limit in 2021, will this count towards my Priority 10-Year Status?
– If you have an official finish before 2021, then you are on the path to earning Priority 10-Year status and your 2021 result will count, but it will not earn your priority registration in 2022.

If I place 140th of 300 male finishers in 2021, do I have Priority Registration for 2022?
-In 2022, Priority Registration is based on your age-group finish, not your overall finish. You’ll need to check your age-group finish to see if you’re in the Top 50 percent.

There are 40 people registered in my age group in 2021. Where will I need to finish to earn Priority Registration in 2022?
– The Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule is based on the number of finishers in an age group, not the number registered. So you will not know if you made the cutoff until after the race results have been published.

I have completed Mount Marathon 13 times. If I place 45th of 55 finishers in my age group in 2021, do I have Priority Registration in 2022?
– Yes. Although you did not place in the top 50 percent of your age group, you earn Priority Registration because you have Priority 10-Year Status.

Are there any changes to Priority Registration for juniors?
– No.

What happens to my registration if I don’t finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in 2021?
– If you do not meet another of the clauses for priority registration (for more information, see https://mountmarathon.com/definitions/priority/) then you will need to enter the lottery in an attempt to gain entry in 2022.

I have finished Mount Marathon 8 times. What happens to my registration if I don’t finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in 2021?
– If you finish under 2 hours, 30 minutes, you will gain a 9th official finish. However, you are still one short of Priority 10-Year Status. If you do not meet another of the clauses for priority registration, then you will need to enter the lottery in an attempt to gain entry and earn your 10th finish in 2022.

I have finished Mount Marathon 9 times. What happens to my registration if I don’t finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in 2021?

– If you finish under 2 hours, 30 minutes, you will gain a 10th official finish. Therefore, in 2022 you can register under Priority Registration because you have gained 10-Year Status.


What place and time will I need to make the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule cutoff in 2021?

– Since the number of finishers in each age group and finish times vary each year, you will not know if you made the cutoff until after the race results have been published. The following chart details what place and time was needed to make the top 50 percent of each age group in 2018. (The 2019 results were skewed due to wildfire smoke and the 2020 race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Men Number of finishers  Top 50 Percent The time to beat:
M18-29 82 1st through 41st 1:06:28
M30-39 73 1st through 36th 1:08:09
M40-49 69 1st through 34th 1:16:33
M50-59 44 1st through 22nd 1:25:56
M60-69 23 1st through 11th 1:29:08
M70-79 9 1st through 9th 2:30:00
Women
F18-29 93 1st through 46th 1:18:24
F30-39 78 1st through 39th 1:22:19
F40-49 48 1st through 24th 1:26:28
F50-59 36 1st through 18th 1:30:01
F60-69 9 1st through 9th 2:30:00

Frequently asked questions about the 10-Year New Racer Repeal rule

I finished the junior race prior to 2021. Am I eligible?
– No. Participation in junior races does not count towards Priority 10-Year Status.

My only finish in the women’s race was back in 1995. Am I eligible?
– Yes. Those who completed at least one race prior to 2021 (or who submitted a deferral in 2019) are eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status.

My races are not consecutive. Am I eligible?
– Yes. The 10 races do not need to be consecutive for Priority 10-Year Status.

I finished the race as a petitioner several years ago. Does that count towards my Priority 10-Year Status?
– Yes. Although petitioners cannot earn Priority Registration for the following year (unless they win) the finish counts towards their Priority 10-Year Status.

I don’t know how many races I’ve finished. How can I find out?
– You can look up your results at: https://mountmarathon.com/results/search-race-results/

*** RULES REVOKED for 2021 race; will be implemented in 2022

4) 3RD WAVE ADDED — The men’s and women’s races will increase from 2 to 3 waves of equal size starting five minutes apart (this rule will be implemented in 2022 because COVID-19 mitigation will require additional waves in 2021).

  • This rule is designed to reduce course congestion and improve safety.

5) NEW JULY 3 EVENT TIMES — The July 3 raffle and auction will start at 6:00 p.m. and the safety meeting will start at 6:45 p.m. Bib pickup will end at 8 p.m. (These dates and times will be implemented in 2022 due to the altered schedule in 2021). The safety meeting is mandatory for all first-time racers. Junior racers must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.