Mount Marathon News

Volunteer at MMR on SignUp Genius!

Calling all volunteers — The volunteer link at SignUp Genius is now live!

Scan the list and select a spot (or two!) that interests you. And please share the link with others who may be interested.

Volunteers play a critical role in the Mount Marathon Race. Each year, we recruit 300+ volunteers. This year the duties will be on the evening of Tuesday, July 6 and all day on Wednesday, July 7.

Volunteer for …

  • Course set-up and take down
  • Racer check-in
  • Bib pick-up
  • Downtown traffic/vehicle control
  • Downtown crowd control
  • On-mountain recording of bib numbers
  • On-mountain crowd control at halfway point and summit
  • Trail Sweeping
  • Finisher t-shirt and patch distribution
  • And more

Things to Consider Before Choosing

  • Are you racing too? When is your race scheduled this year?
  • Are there specific jobs you’d prefer?
  • Do you prefer an indoors job or outdoors?
  • Are you willing and able to climb halfway or all the way up the mountain to do timing/crowd control?

Volunteer Check-in

  • Volunteer check-in is July 6 from 5–8 p.m. at Race Headquarters (the gravel lot on the corner of 4th and Washington).
  • Volunteers may also check in on July 7 beginning at 8 a.m. at Race Headquarters (the gravel lot on the corner of 4th and Washington).

We appreciate your support of the Mount Marathon Race!

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


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.

Deadline extension!

The deadline for racers on the 2021 Roster to confirm their participation has been extended to March 31st!

If YOU still haven’t received a Confirmation Instructions email …

  1. If you know your Racer ID, you can confirm here.
  2. If you don’t know your Racer ID, please email [email protected] with your full name, as listed on the Roster, and your Date of Birth.

It is essential that we are able to contact you with additional important race information, as we get closer to the scheduled July 7 race date! Thank you.

Junior Race Lottery deadline extended!

The deadline to submit a 2021 Junior race lottery application has been extended to March 31st as well.

One-Time Race Spot Petition period is open!

10 year status racers not on the 2021 roster that wish to race in 2021, please use the petition form to request a race spot on or before March 31st.

Mount Marathon Race
2021 Registration Team

Did you confirm the kids?

2021 Race Roster Confirmations – Juniors

Check the email account you used to register your child for the 2020  race, for instructions on how to confirm or defer their participation in the 2021 race! Confirmation deadline is March 15.

2021 Junior Lottery Applications

Due to the number of Juniors on the roster who aged into the adult races last year, there are spots open on the roster for Juniors in 2021!

If one or more of your children didn’t get into the race through the lottery process in 2020,  you can still apply for a 2021 limited Junior race lottery through March 15.

The 2019 wildfire smoke cancellation of the Junior race, and then the COVID-19 pandemic the next year, has been rough – don’t miss this opportunity!


2021 Confirmations

If you’re on the 2021 Race Roster and have NOT confirmed, because you have NOT received the Confirmation Instructions email, read on:

ALL Racers on the 2021 Roster were email instructions on February 28 at the email address they used fo register in 2020.

ALL Racers on the Roster who had NOT CONFIRMED by March 5, 2021 at 12:00 noon, were sent a second Instruction email on March 7.

If YOU still haven’t received a Confirmation Instructions email …

  1. Check your Spam Folder.
  2. If one or both emails are not in your Spam Folder, you must list [email protected] as a Safe Sender with your email app or email provider, to make sure you get future emails about the race.
  3. If you no longer have access to the email account you registered with in 2020, email [email protected] with your full name, as it is listed on the Roster, and your Date of Birth, along with a new email address for race comunications. Add us to the Safe Sender list for that email!
  4. If you’re using a corporate, work email address – which have much higher security settings –  please email [email protected] with your full name, exactly as it is listed on the Roster, and your Date of Birth, along with a different email address. We will update your registration information.
  5. Confirmation instructions will be sent out a third time, to all Racers on the 2021 Roster who have NOT yet confirmed, by March 13th.

It is essential that we are able to contact you with additional important race information, as we get closer to the scheduled July 7 race date! Thank you.

Mount Marathon Race
2021 Registration Team

On the Roster for 2021?

Did you notice that the race now has a brand new website address? Everything Mount Marathon can now be found at

New email address

For fifteen years, racers have used one email address for all their race questions, and that email has now changed. Please direct all race questions and registration inquiries to:

[email protected]

Make sure you get race updates by email

  • Check your Spam folder often
  • Add [email protected] to your Address Book
  • Add to your Safe Senders List (also called Whitelist, Rules, and Filters)
  • Click the email link above now, and send us an empty email, so your mail server and software know you WANT to hear from us

Don’t use your work email for race news

Corporate, education and government email servers have much higher security relating to Spam, and can block or reject email from a mailing list like the Mount Marathon Race’s news.

Stay in the know

It’s more important now, than ever, that racers on the 2021 roster stay up to date on registration and rule changes and Covid-19 mitigation plans. We appreciate your help ensuring you get all the information you need!