Mount Marathon News

Safety Tours Offered June 18 and 25, 2022!

Photo by Mick Dees

Safety Tours June 18 and June 25, 2022! 

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):


Sign up to volunteer!

The Mount Marathon Race wouldn’t be possible without several hundred dedicated volunteers! All sorts of positions are available on the mountain and in town.
Sign up here for a spot here and recruit a friend to do the same! You’ll help support the race and get a sweet volunteer t-shirt plus our everlasting gratitude!
Much more information about volunteering is available on the website here:

2022 Mount Marathon logo unveiled!

Ireland Hicks is the winner of the 2022 Mount Marathon Race Logo Contest!

Her unique design shows the Barrier Islands at the end of Resurrection Bay, which are visible on clear days from Race Point, the top of the Mount Marathon course.

“I went for a sort of Rockwell Kent theme while keeping it simple,” Hicks said.

Hicks, 20, grew up in Northern Utah and discovered Seward upon working a summer job there in 2019. That experience made such an impression that she relocated there a year later.

Seward has become a good fit and she hopes to run her first Mount Marathon in 2022.

“I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember,” says Hicks, who earned $250 for the winning design. “I painted mostly with oil growing up, but found I don’t have the time for it these days so I’ve switched to gouache, watercolor, and digital art. I love hiking, biking and anything outdoors!”

2022 Registration is open March 1 -31

Registration for the 94th Mount Marathon Race opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 1 and runs through midnight on March 31.

There are two options for registration at the home page of this website: Priority Registration for those who qualify and Lottery Registration for first-timers and those without priority.

The cost to enter under priority registration remains $85 for adults and $35 for juniors.
The cost to enter the lottery remains $20 for adults and $15 for juniors (lottery winners will be invoiced the balance of the full registration fee in April).

The 2022 roster will be the first using the Top 50 Percent in Age Group Rule, which aims to substantially improve lottery odds and increase the number of lottery spots available.

The 2022 race will again by on July 4 (a Monday this year) for the first time since 2019. The 2020 race was canceled due to the pandemic and the 2021 event was moved to July 7.

Planning for the 2022 race has begun. Although subject to change, current plans include bringing back the live auction on July 3 and the awards ceremony on July 4. Both events will again be held indoors.


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!