Mount Marathon News

Did I make the Top 50% of my Age Group?

Registration for the 2022 Mount Marathon Race begins on March 1.

One of the main criteria for determining whether you need to register as a priority runner or for the lottery is the Top 50 Percent in Age Group Rule, which was adopted by the Mount Marathon Race Committee in early 2020 and is being implemented for 2022 with results from the 2021 race.

These PDF links show who placed in the the Top 50 Percent of their age group in 2021 (note other Priority Registration clauses and exceptions below).

Men’s Top-50% Results 2021 pdf

Women’s Top-50% Results 2021 pdf

You already have Priority Registration status if you are a:

  • Previous overall winner of the men’s or women’s Mount Marathon Race.
  • Top 10 age-group finisher from the previous year’s race.
  • Skip-A-Year applicant from the previous year.
  • 10 year status applicant (finished the race 10 or more times)
  • Runner with an approved deferral from previous year.
  • Finisher of the junior race the previous year who has aged into the adult race.


  • One-year approved petitions are not eligible for priority status even if they finished in the top 50% of their age group.
  • Earned race spots are not eligible for priority status even if they finished in the top 50% of their age group.


2022 logo contest opens!

of Commerce

Mount Marathon Race 2022 Logo Contest

In addition to their logo being used for all MMR 2022 promotional purposes, the winning designer will receive a $250 cash prize!

How to Enter the Contest

  • Contest opens February 18, 2022
  • Deadline for submissions is 11:59 P.M on Sunday, March 20, 2022
  • Winners will be announced in early-April via email,, and the Seward Chamber of Commerce’s social media channels

For your entry to be reviewed by our selection committee, it must be:

  • Submitted directly to
  • Submitted in its original source file (a scalable, vector format such as .ai or .eps).
  • Submitted as a high resolution .pdf with 300 dpi or higher.

Logo Requirements

  • Theme: To best convey the unique nature of the Mount Marathon Race, the logo design must include a mountain theme.
  • Language: The design MUST include the following words or phrases:
    • Mount Marathon Race
    • 94th Running
    • Seward, Alaska
    • July 4, July 4th, or Fourth of July AND the year 2022
  • Color: The design may include a maximum of four colors. There are no limitations on the specific colors. The logo must look professional in color and black and white.
  • Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.
  • Previous Winners:

Contest Details

  • One winning logo design will be selected by the Mount Marathon Race Committee.
  • Contestants agree that the Seward Chamber of Commerce may publish their logo and name(s) and may use both for future advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials.
  • Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo, to the Mount Marathon Race and Seward Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Mount Marathon Race Committee and Seward Chamber of Commerce may alter, modify or revise the winning logo as necessary for its intended use.
  • The Mount Marathon Race Committee reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.


  •  The winning designer will receive $250!


2021 Racer Email #8: IMPORTANT: FINAL INFO!

We’re thrilled to be back for the 93rd running! Please review this final important information.


Get your bib, t-shirt, patch, race bag and other swag! No wave changes are possible.
Tuesday, July 6 — 5-8 p.m. (Race Headquarters, outdoors at corner of 4thand Washington)
Wednesday, July 7 – Race Day! — 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Race Headquarters, outdoors at corner of 4th and Washington)



JUNIORS — 8:30-8:36 a.m. (one minute between waves)
WOMEN — 11:00-11:10 a.m. (two minutes between waves)
MEN — 3:00-3:12 p.m. (two minutes between waves)



Skinny Raven will again have live timing results here:
There is also an option for Participant Tracking: 

To see how you did, visit the RESULTS TENT near the finish line (on the spectator side of the chute)



There will be no formal awards ceremony at AVTEC in 2021 due to long-planned COVID-19 mitigation. However, of course we will still give out awards!

Top 5 Overall Podium Awards — brief ceremony on the GRANDSTAND
Juniors — 9:30 a.m.
Women — 12:30 p.m.
Men — 4:30 p.m.

Top 5 Age-Group and Longevity Awards
Can be picked up at Race Headquarters (corner of 4th and Washington)
Juniors and Women’s —2:30-6 p.m.
Men’s — 4:30-6 p.m.Age groups are:
Juniors: 7-11, 12-14, 14-17
Men and Women: 18-29 and 10-Year increments thereafterNEW THIS YEAR: the Downhill Demon Award for the Fastest Split from Race Point to the finish. Will we see a sub-10 this year?!


  • No climbing aids (including hiking poles).
  • No shoes with metal cleats or Microspikes.
  • No identifying markers on the trail to guide runners.


Parking north of Jefferson will help manage race and vehicle traffic.



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.



The Seward Library & Museum (239 6th Avenue) currently features a special exhibit that tells the story of Dennis Hitt, whose love of the Mount Marathon race inspired the creation of the juniors race.
The first junior race in 1964 was dedicated to the memory of Hitt, a Seward High School graduate who a year earlier had fallen to his death in a climbing accident on Mount Alice while training for the Mount Marathon Race.
Sponsored by Resurrection Bay Historical Society, the exhibit in the atrium is free and open to the public from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1–4:30 p.m. Sunday.

2021 Racer Email #7: New Start and Finish Protocols    

The wave starts and finish protocols will be a bit different this year. Please follow our plan to ensure a smooth race! (Parents of juniors: share this plan with your racer!).

With waves of 30-50 and quick turnaround times, lining up on time and following volunteers’ and announcers’ instructions will be imperative.

JUNIORS will have just one minute between waves, with Wave 1 starting at 8:30 a.m. through Wave 7 at 8:36 a.m.
Be prepared to stage on 4th Avenue beginning no later than 8:25 a.m.

  • The waves are gender specific: either all boys or all girls.
WOMEN will have two minutes between waves, with Wave 1 starting at 11:00 a.m. through Wave 6 at 11:10 a.m.
Be prepared to stage on 4th Avenue beginning no later than 10:55 a.m.MEN will have two-minute intervals between waves, with Wave 1 starting at 3:00 p.m. through Wave 7 at 3:12 p.m.
Be prepared to stage on 4th Avenue beginning no later than 2:55 p.m.
Info for all divisions
  • Your wave number and start times are on your bib for reference. Each wave is color coded: yellow, pink or blue. If the racers around you have a different colored bib, you’re in the wrong wave!
  • Line up directly facing the volunteer holding a sign with your wave number. Allow for several feet of space around you.
  • A large display clock in front of the start will help you keep track of the official time of day.
  • The announcer will say which wave is “up next”, which wave is “on deck” (2nd in line) and which wave is “in the hole” (3rd in line). Once a wave begins, all other waves will quickly move up one wave to fill their place.
  • You may not start before your designated wave. If you accidentally miss your start, your clock is ticking and you may head directly to the start line and depart immediately.
  • Bibs should be worn on the front of your torso. If you race shirtless, attach the bib on your right thigh. Don’t fold, crumple or alter your bib: it has a timing chip on the back.
  • Once you finish, feel free to take a minute to catch your breath, grab a drink and orange, and celebrate your achievement. Then continue one block down 4th Avenue and exit the finish chute area.
  • Those needing extra time to recover or get medical treatment will be required to mask up along with the volunteer helping them.

Seward Museum exhibit honors Hitt and Junior Mount Marathon Race

Little did Ryan Davidson know that a visit to the Seward Community Library & Museum this past May would result in an exhibit honoring his uncle who died in a 1963 climbing accident on Mt. Alice.

“Dennis Hitt and the Mt. Marathon Junior Race” is the latest featured display in museum windows in the main floor atrium. The exhibit showcases newspaper clippings and a memorial plaque that Davidson donated to the Resurrection Bay Historical Society following the death this spring of his mother.

Vance Hitt’s wish 58 years ago that his son’s memorial plaque be placed at the accident site never came to fruition. But thanks to his grandson’s efforts, the public can at least see this bronze tribute at the museum.

The 18-year-old Dennis Hitt was captain of the 1963 Seward Mt. Marathon team and his death on July 1 came just days before the big race. When his teammates won the civilian team trophy that year, they accepted it on his behalf.

The first-ever junior race was run in 1964 with local teenager Dale Shea garnering the top prize. For a number of years, the phrase “Dennis Hitt Memorial” was engraved across the front of the junior race trophy. The museum exhibit features a trophy on loan from Shawn Erchinger, who won the event four times in the 1980s.

Don Stockard, a member of the Mt. Alice climbing party, shared his personal memories of the tragic event, which are part of the exhibit. His full account can be found at the RBHS website, along with photos and news clippings of Dennis Hitt and the Mt. Marathon Junior Race.

The Library & Museum at 239 Sixth Ave, Seward, AK 99664  is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

2021 Racer Email #6: Come For the Bib, Stay for the Salomon Fun!

The Mount Marathon Race and Salomon are teaming up for a fun night at Skinny Raven Downtown!

First, here’s the BIB PICKUP schedule:

  • FRIDAY JULY 2, 4-7 p.m. Anchorage, Skinny Raven (800 H St.) – Any racer can get bib
    Note: The bib pickup previously scheduled for Seward on July 2 has been canceled.
  • TUESDAY JULY 6, 5-8 p.m. Seward Race Headquarters (outdoors at corner of 4th & Washington)
  • WEDNESDAY JULY 7, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Seward Race Headquarters (outdoors at corner of 4th & Washington)

You’ll get your bib, race t-shirt, race bag, patch and some sponsor swag!

First-time racers must:

Junior racers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


SALOMON Shakeout Event July 2!

Salomon, the new presenting sponsor of the Mount Marathon Race, will host a “Mount Marathon Shakeout” in conjunction with bib pickup July 2 at Skinny Raven Downtown.
The schedule is as follows:

  • 6:30-7 p.m. — Shakeout Run of 3.1 (the MMR distance)
  • 7-7:30 p.m. — Pizza and beer social
  • 7:30-7:45 p.m. — 2015 Mount Marathon Salomon TV Episode screening of video featuring Rickey Gates, Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg and others.
  • 7:45-9:00 p.m. — Salomon athlete and Alaska runners panel and Q&A. Attendees will include Dakota Jones (Montana), Christian Gering (New Mexico), Darren Thomas (Nevada), Jeffrey Stern (California) and Alaskans Michael Connelly, Christy Marvin, Rosie Frankowski, Carol Seppilu and others.

More info and registration (not required) here: