Matias Saari, MMR Director

2022 Racer Email #1 — Bib & Wave Assignments/Online Auction/Volunteer Link/Safety Tours

Dear 2022 Mount Marathon entrants,
Race day is just 5 weeks away! Please read the following important announcements:

1) BIB AND WAVE ASSIGNMENTS have been published! Click your division link on the website Homepage:

2) Our ONLINE LIVE AUCTION will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31! Share this link with anyone who may be interested in one of 3 men’s or 3 women’s spots:

3) VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT is ongoing! Please consider volunteering or having someone in your support crew do so. Sign up here:

4) SAFETY TOURS are scheduled for Saturday June 18 and June 25! They are a great way to learn how to negotiate the lower half of the mountain. Tour leaders are also needed. Details here:

Stay tuned for more upcoming messages and best wishes for your training!
The Mount Marathon Race Committee &
Matias Saari, Race Director

Safety Tours Offered June 18 and 25!

Photo by Mick Dees

Safety Tours June 18 and June 25! 

WHAT: Safety tours led by veteran Mount Marathon runners
WHEN: Saturday June 18 and Saturday June 25 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the picnic table near the gate on upper Lowell Canyon Road beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Tour starts at 12 p.m.
WHY: The tour will focus on helping participants travel safely up and down the bottom third of Mount Marathon. The cliff and roots routes, along with the creek (also known as The Gut) and a portion of scree running will be covered. Participants will be divided into small groups.
NOTE: this tour does NOT fulfill the first-timer requirement of completing the entire course before race day.
WHO: Anyone is welcome, but first-timers at the 2022 race or future newcomers would benefit most.
HOW MUCH: Free! No pre-registration required. Participants must sign waiver. Junior participants must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
WHAT TO BRING: Suitable trail shoes, water, gloves
INFO: Contact Matias Saari at

***VOLUNTEER TOUR LEADERS NEEDED: If you have run at least five Mount Marathon Races and believe you would be a good tour leader, please sign up here (3 leaders available for each session):


Online Live Auction May 31; details announced!

Live Online Auction is May 31 on Zoom!

On May 31, three race slots will be auctioned for both the men’s and women’s races in a live online auction on Zoom. These are intended to give an opportunity for Alaskans or out-of-staters who require more planning than the July 3 auction to lock in a spot more than a month before race day.

2022 Details

When: 5:30 p.m. Alaska Time on Tuesday, May 31
Number of available spots: 3 men’s priority spots and 3 women’s priority spots
Minimum bid: $500 for men and $250 for women
Minimum bid increments: $50


Meeting ID: 880 3958 5016; Passcode: 482767

Auction rules and instructions:

  • Each participant must be set up to join a Zoom meeting (those lacking the technology or knowledge should join a friend’s or family member’s account)
  • Participants are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to join on a desktop computer or laptop with an Internet plan as opposed to a mobile phone that uses a data plan. The auction is much better viewed on a computer. Also, being perfectly synched with the auctioneer’s voice for bidding purposes is more likely achieved on a computer.
  • The Zoom site will open at 5 p.m. May 31 (30 minutes before the auction starts) to allow participants time for testing their technology.
  • The Seward Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for anyone whose bids fail to come through promptly due to connectivity issues or other technological problems.
  • Use Gallery view; this will enable participants to see the auctioneer and other participants
  • Participants will be muted by the auctioneer
  • All bidding must be done through the chat function (test the chat when you join by posting your name and location)
  • Each winning bidder will immediately be directed to a Zoom “breakout room” for credit card payment in full. Those who have never entered the lottery will receive a registration link to get them added to the MMR database and entered for 2022.
  • Auction winners will be “priority” entrants in 2022, meaning they can requalify through the Top 50 Percent in Age Group Rule.
  • The race director will determine auction winners’ bib and wave assignments.
  • Those who fail to win an online auction spot have another chance for entry at the in-person auction at 6 p.m. July 3 at Seward High School. Seven men’s and seven women’s spots will be auctioned then.

Sign up to volunteer!

The Mount Marathon Race wouldn’t be possible without several hundred dedicated volunteers! All sorts of positions are available on the mountain and in town.
Sign up here for a spot here and recruit a friend to do the same! You’ll help support the race and get a sweet volunteer t-shirt plus our everlasting gratitude!
Much more information about volunteering is available on the website here:

2022 Mount Marathon logo unveiled!

Ireland Hicks is the winner of the 2022 Mount Marathon Race Logo Contest!

Her unique design shows the Barrier Islands at the end of Resurrection Bay, which are visible on clear days from Race Point, the top of the Mount Marathon course.

“I went for a sort of Rockwell Kent theme while keeping it simple,” Hicks said.

Hicks, 20, grew up in Northern Utah and discovered Seward upon working a summer job there in 2019. That experience made such an impression that she relocated there a year later.

Seward has become a good fit and she hopes to run her first Mount Marathon in 2022.

“I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember,” says Hicks, who earned $250 for the winning design. “I painted mostly with oil growing up, but found I don’t have the time for it these days so I’ve switched to gouache, watercolor, and digital art. I love hiking, biking and anything outdoors!”

2022 Registration is open March 1 -31

Registration for the 94th Mount Marathon Race opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 1 and runs through midnight on March 31.

There are two options for registration at the home page of this website: Priority Registration for those who qualify and Lottery Registration for first-timers and those without priority.

The cost to enter under priority registration remains $85 for adults and $35 for juniors.
The cost to enter the lottery remains $20 for adults and $15 for juniors (lottery winners will be invoiced the balance of the full registration fee in April).

The 2022 roster will be the first using the Top 50 Percent in Age Group Rule, which aims to substantially improve lottery odds and increase the number of lottery spots available.

The 2022 race will again by on July 4 (a Monday this year) for the first time since 2019. The 2020 race was canceled due to the pandemic and the 2021 event was moved to July 7.

Planning for the 2022 race has begun. Although subject to change, current plans include bringing back the live auction on July 3 and the awards ceremony on July 4. Both events will again be held indoors.