Mount Marathon News

2022 Racer Email #3 — Reminders for Mount Marathon Race

After three long years, we’re thankful to again hold the race and the festival on the Fourth of July. We’re returning to “normal” operations in 2022 with one basic stipulation: Please don’t attend if you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of it.

First-time racers bib pick-up:

Complete entire race course. First-time racers (or their parents if a junior racer) must sign a statement that they have completed the entire race course prior to picking up their bib. 

Attend the Safety Meeting July 3 (with their parent if a junior) July 3 at 6:45 pm at the Seward High School, 2100 Swetmann Ave. 

Register a team of Juniors racers!

Teams allow junior racers to support one another to a common goal. The junior Mount Marathon Race is comprised of boys’ and girls’ races. Junior teams consist of 5-7 members of either all girls or all boys. Each team MUST have at least one member ages 7-11, at least two members ages 12-14, and at least one member ages 15-17. Register your team here: 

Parents of junior racers

Parents or a guardian MUST be present for junior racers to pick up their bib. 

Get to know the race course

Check out our instructive race course videos featuring Clint McCool and a detailed map of the mountain.


Please consider volunteering or having someone in your support crew do so. Sign up here: 

Check out the Mount Marathon Race guide!

This guide features an event schedule, Fourth of July Festival info, great photos, and rosters with bib numbers for each race — not to mention articles about Corbin Stirling, a remarkable comeback story about Kneeland Taylor, and how Seward’s Olive Jordan made the podium last year at age 11.

No dogs on the race course, please!

No dogs, leashed or unleashed, are allowed on 4th Avenue between Railway and Jefferson or along the race course, including all race trails on the mountain. This will increase safety for runners and spectators, and reduce problems with sanitation and clean-up. 

 Your pets are allowed in Seward; please just keep them off the race course or crowded downtown area.

More informational emails will be forthcoming as we build toward race day.

All emails can also be viewed on the website’s “News” section.

Best wishes for your final preparations,
The Mount Marathon Race Committee


2022 Racer Email #2 — First-time Racers/ Safety Tours

Hello, first-time racers! (or parents of rookies)

This year Mount Marathon has a record number of about 250 first-time racers. We welcome you and wish you a fun and safe event! Mount Marathon can be a dangerous race so we have implemented several measures to help prepare first-time racers.

First-time racers:

  • must complete the FULL race course in training — no exceptions.
  • must sign a statement (or their parent if a junior racer) on July 3 that they have completed the entire course in training (the safety tour is not sufficient)
  • must attend the Safety Meeting (with their parent if a junior racer) at 6:45 p.m. July 3 in the Seward High School auditorium. Preview the excellent 2022 Safety video by Max Romey Productions HERE: . The safety meeting also includes a presentation.
  • may pick up their bib at the conclusion of the safety meeting as long as they have met these requirements.

The more you know about the course, the better prepared you will be on race day. Check out our detailed map and short videos about various sections of the course here:

Our SAFETY TOURS at 12 p.m. Saturday, June 18 and June 25, 2022 are led by experienced Mount Marathon racers and cover the lower third of the mountain. This does not meet the requirement of completing the full race course.

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.