Matias Saari, MMR Director

2024 First-timer Email #1 — Important Info!

Mount Marathon First-time Racers (and junior parents) — please read this important information!

  • COURSE RECON REQUIREMENT — The race is in 27 days! Just a reminder that first-timers must complete the ENTIRE course in training — and sign a statement at bib pickup that they have done so — before they can collect their bib on July 3. If the first-timer is a junior, a parent or guardian must sign the statement.
  • COURSE KNOWLEDGE: We have a large group of about 320 rookies this year! Get prepared in person and by watching these short VIDEOS from the mountain and this excellent SAFETY VIDEO. Become familiar with the multiple route options onto and off the mountain.
  • SAFETY TOURS Saturdays JUNE 15 and JUNE 22 — Safety tours led by experienced Mount Marathon racers are a great way for beginners to get tips on navigating up and down the lower third of the mountain. Meet near the gate on Upper Lowell Canyon Road at 11:45 a.m. More info here: https://mountmarathon.com/news/2024-safety-tours-june-15-and-june-22/
  • COURSE CONDITIONS – It is wise to practice the mountain whether it’s sunny or raining, dry or slippery! Currently the up route is in good shape all the way to the summit; the down trail through snow is being traveled as well. Who knows if any snow will remain on race day! The trail through the Gut (creek) requires care as always. Note that conditions can change daily or even hourly: it might be raining the night of July 3 and the course could dry out by July 4, or vice-versa. The race will still be held rain or shine!
  • SAFETY MEETING FOR FIRST-TIMERS — All first-timers must attend the safety meeting at 6:45 p.m. July 3 at the Seward High School gymnasium. First-time juniors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • NOT A ROOKIE?: A rookie is someone who has not officially finished a Mount Marathon race in the allotted time. If you received this message but believe you are not a first-time racer, please email director@mountmarathon.com to be classified correctly.

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

 

2024 Safety Tours June 15 and June 22!

WHAT: Safety tours led by veteran Mount Marathon runners
WHEN: Saturday June 15  from 11:45 a.m. -1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the picnic table near the gate on upper Lowell Canyon Road no later than 11:45 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. Each group will hike at the pace of the slowest participant.
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 2024 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 director@mountmarathon.com

NOTE: To add the Safety Tours to your Google Calendar, visit our website’s “Schedule of Events”

***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):
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45aca62eabfbc43-mount

Volunteer Signup has Opened!

Volunteer positions for the Mount Marathon Race are now posted at SignUp Genius; thank you in advance for helping us put on a great race!
For more information about volunteering, visit: https://mountmarathon.com/volunteer/
To go directly to the Signup Genius listings, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C45ACA62EABFBC43-mount#/
More than 300 volunteers are needed in a wide variety of positions July 3-4 in town and on the mountain — thank you for your support!
Volunteers get our gratitude and a t-shirt with the 2024 logo design. Volunteering is also a great way for supporters (and racers) to contribute to the event. Please help spread the word!

Mount Marathon Launches New Permanent Logo

The Mount Marathon Race now has a permanent logo created by Moose Pass native Sarah Glaser.

The core logo is red, white and blue and shows the letter M in the shape of two mountain summits. It includes an outline of the race trail and a tsunami wave as a nod to Seward’s maritime location. The logo package includes multiple iterations of the words Mount Marathon combined with the logo.

“With this logo, we wanted to create a modern, enduring symbol of the rugged, exciting nature of the race — while celebrating Mount Marathon’s amazing geography,” Glaser said.

The logo will be used for merchandise, signage, promotion, a new start banner, and a myriad of other purposes.

Glaser grew up in Moose Pass just outside of Seward and first participated in the Mount Marathon Race at age 14. She’s completed 10 adult races with a best of 11th place in 2014.

“I love that the event is an excellent motivation to climb mountains and celebrate running,” Glaser said.

Through her business, Sarah K. Glaser Illustration, she has created various logos, maps, book illustrations, murals and more. Other examples of her work can be viewed at sarahkglaser.be

The Mount Marathon permanent logo will NOT replace the annual t-shirt design contest. That contest will continue each March/April and be used for each year’s racer and volunteer t-shirts and patches.

Tommy Snyder wins 2024 Mount Marathon T-shirt design contest!

 

Tommy Snyder of Seward is the winner of the 2024 Mount Marathon t-shirt design contest.

Snyder’s entry, an acryllic painting, depicts a silhouetted mountain goat atop a peak and four racers hiking a steep slope. A blazing orange sun forms the background. The Mount Marathon Race Committee chose it as their favorite among 32 entries.

Snyder happened to notice a posting about the t-shirt design contest while registering for the 2024 race.

“I’ve done a little bit of acrylic painting over the years and had recently picked up supplies to get back into it, so I thought the t-shirt contest was a great way to start painting again,” Snyder said. “I’ve typically created silhouette style with animals because I love sunrises and sunsets and critters, especially mountain goats.”

The design will be used on the 2024 racer and volunteer t-shirts, on this year’s patch and for other promotional purposes.

Snyder has lived in Seward full-time for three years and seasonally for 10 years. He came to Seward to work in charter fishing and is now a sightseeing tour captain. This year will mark his second time participating in Mount Marathon.

“I’ve been told a mountain goat is my spirit animal. And I see them often around Seward,” Snyder said.

Online Auction April 29 at 5:30 p.m.!

Online Auction For 2024

For the women’s and men’s races, additional race spots are offered through an online auction on Monday, April 29.
There is no auction for the juniors race.

The Online Auction Process

On May 1, 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 two months before race day.

2024 Details

When: 5:30 p.m. Alaska Time on Monday, April 29
Number of available spots: 3 women’s priority spots and 3 men’s priority spots
Minimum bid: $200 for men and $200 for women
Minimum bid increments: $50
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86102837816?pwd=anc0dEdGNEsrZHZhZU1qS3BnYVVQZz09

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. on Monday, April 29 (30 minutes before the auction starts) to allow participants time for testing their technology.
  • The actual auction will start at 5:30 p.m. SHARP. The three women’s bibs will be auctioned first followed immediately by the three men’s bibs.
  • 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 contestants.
  • 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)
  • If the person who intends to race is unable to attend the live auction, another person may bid for them.
  • Each WINNING bidder must text their name and phone number to 907-529-4178. Organizers will follow up shortly after the auction ends for credit card payment in full.
  • Auctions winners who have never entered the lottery will receive a registration link to get them added to the MMR database and entered for 2024.
  • Auction winners will be “priority” entrants in 2024, meaning they can requalify through the Top 50 Percent in Age Group Rule.
  • The race director will determine auction winners’ bib and wave assignments based on their credentials.
  • 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. 7 men’s and 7 women’s spots will be auctioned then.