Mount Marathon News

2021 Racer Email #3: Safety Tour June 27 & Safety Video!

Safety Tour Sunday, June 27! 

WHAT: A safety tour led by veteran Mount Marathon runners
WHEN: Sunday, June 27 from 12-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the picnic table near the gate on upper Lowell Canyon Road beginning at 11:30 a.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 2021 race or future newcomers would benefit most.
HOW MUCH: Free! No pre-registration required. Participants must sign waiver.
INFO: Contact Clint McCool at 317-4316 or clintmccool@hotmail.com

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Safety Video replaces Safety Meeting in 2021

For the 2021 race, there will be no mandatory in-person safety meeting the night before race day because indoor spaces are not being used on July 6-7 in Seward as a COVID-19 mitigation measure.
Instead, an 8-minute safety video by Max Romey Productions is posted at the bottom of this page.

  • Watching the video is mandatory for ALL first-time racers (and recommended for others). 
  • Before first-time racers will be allowed to pick up their bib, racers (or their parent or guardian if under 18) must sign a statement at bib pickup that they have watched the entire video.

VIDEO HERE!

https://vimeo.com/556995888/299bb421b5

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Complete the full course requirement

  • First-time racers (or their parent or guardian if under 18) must also sign a statement that they have completed the entire race course prior to race day before they will be allowed to pick up their bib.
  • Any first-time racer who fails to watch the video or complete the entire course before race day will not be allowed to participate and will need to re-apply through the lottery process to attempt to regain entry.

The better prepared you are, whether you’re a veteran or a rookie, the safer the race will be!

More safety info on the website here:
https://mountmarathon.com/mmr-events/safetyvideo/

See you on the mountain,
The Mount Marathon Race Committee and
Race Director Matias Saari

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.

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 For 2021 & 2022

NOTE: The rules below were approved by the Mount Marathon Race Committee in early 2020.
Due to the 2020 cancellation, Rules 1-3 were implemented in 2021 while Rules 4-5 will be implemented in 2022.

 


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. (Also see FAQ below)

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.

  • 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 not eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status (Also see FAQ below)

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.

  • 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) Capacity of adult races 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 and deferrals, the number of actual racers will be considerably fewer than 375.

4) 3rd Wave Added  

  • The men’s and women’s races will increase from 2 to 3 waves of equal size starting three minutes apart.
  • This rule is designed to reduce course congestion and improve safety.

5) New July 3 Event Times (implemented in 2022)

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. However, it will not earn you priority registration in 2022.

If I place 140th of 300 overall among 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 did I need to make the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule cutoff in 2021?
– The following chart details what place and time was needed to make the top 50 percent of each age group in 2021.

Men Number of finishers  Top 50 Percent The time to beat:
M18-29 72 1st through 36th 1:05:16
M30-39 64 1st through 32nd 1:04:23
M40-49 52 1st through 26th 1:09:26
M50-59 40 1st through 20th 1:14:56
M60-69 17 1st through 10th 1:22:36
M70-79 7 1st through 7th 2:03:29
M80-89 2 1st through 2nd 2:30:00
Women
F18-29 87 1st through 43rd 1:13:52
F30-39 69 1st through 34th 1:17:06
F40-49 38 1st through 19th 1:19:17
F50-59 29 1st through 14th 1:23:47
F60-69 8 1st through 8th 1:53:50
F70-71 1 1st through 1st 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.

I have six finishes but they are not consecutive. Am I eligible?
– Yes. Your races do not need to be consecutive for Priority 10-Year Status.

My first men’s finish was in 2021. Am I eligible?
– No. You must have a finish prior to 2021 to be eligible for Priority 10-Year Status.

I finished the race as a petitioner in 2018. 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/

 

 

Your Emergency Contact Information

Your emergency contact name and number is very important information for the Mount Marathon Race Committee.

In recent years we have found it necessary to contact an emergency contact person for racers, not only in the event of injury or distress, but for confirmation when a runner does not appear at the starting line, finish line or other checkpoints in the race.

Every Fourth of July in Seward, as we host many thousands of visitors, we find that our cell phone towers are overwhelmed and cannot handle the volume. It is difficult to place calls to or from cells phones during that day, and we find that sending a text (which is a much smaller piece of electronic information) is more likely to be received in a timely manner, while at the same time providing a record of the contact.

Therefore, emergency contact names and numbers listed on your Mount Marathon Race Application, should ideally be for people with cell phones that can receive text messages during races times!