Mount Marathon News

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.

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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:
https://www.salomon.com/en-us/events/trail-running/mount-marathon-shakeout

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2021 Racer Email #5: COVID Isn’t Over — Mount Marathon Still Has Mitigation

Mitigations for the 2021 MMR Impact Every Racer

The pandemic situation in Alaska has improved substantially in recent months, and our race plan reflects that with loosened restrictions.
Keep in mind that some of our mitigation measures were put in place months ago and attempting to change them so close to race day was not feasible.
However, nearly half of Alaskans remain unvaccinated and we are hosting an event with 850 racers and thousands of spectators, so the Mount Marathon Race Committee feels some mitigation measures remain necessary. The MMRC appreciates your cooperation.

OUR COVID-19 MITIGATION MEASURES

  • Moving the race date to Wednesday, July 7 to reduce crowds (decision made February 2021 for planning purposes)
  • Men’s and Women’s Race — Waves of about 50 runners each at two-minute intervals.
  • Juniors’ Race — Waves of 30-50 runners each at one-minute intervals (shorter duration so that the final wave can get beyond the cliffs before the fastest juniors arrive on the descent)
  • Start line — Masks are NOT required but social distancing is: 2021 will not have the sardine-style starts of years past! Each racer should be able to spread their arms out without touching the nearest person.
  • Finish LineRacers will not be permitted to linger. Catch your breath, grab a drink and orange slice and then keep moving to the end of 4th Avenue and disperse from there.
  • Finish Line Volunteers and Racers Needing Treatment there — masks will be required for these groups.
  • Outdoor Facilities — Our Race Headquarters will be at the gravel lot at the corner of 4th and Washington; it will host bib and t-shirt pickup, volunteer check-in and more.
  • Pre-race Safety Meeting and Auction — A Safety Video that must be viewed by first-time racers replaces the pre-race safety meeting. An online auction in early June replaced the pre-race auction.
  • Awards — The awards ceremony at the AVTEC Center is canceled; we plan to hold brief overall podium awards ceremonies at Race HQ and distribute age-group medals there once results are confirmed.
  • COVID-19 Symptoms — If you feel sick with any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to Seward or participate in the race. We will grant such racers a deferral to 2022 to save their spots. A key to not spreading COVID-19 in Seward is not bringing it there in the first place.

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Thank you for your cooperation,
The Mount Marathon Race Committee and
Race Director Matias Saari

2021 Racer Email #4: Rules Changes for 2021 (including requalification)

Two new rules will be implemented in 2021:

TOP 50 PERCENT AGE GROUP RULE
Beginning in 2021, adult racers will need to finish in the Top 50 percent of their age group to earn priority registration in 2022. This replaces the First 225 Finishers Rule and is intended to increase the number of lottery spots and improve lottery odds. Those with 10-Year Status are not impacted.

10-YEAR NEW RACER REPEAL RULE
Beginning in 2021, new racers will not be eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status. Those who have previously completed an adult race remain eligible. This change will gradually increase lottery selection odds (beginning in 2030).

These rules, and several others, were approved by the Mount Marathon Race Committee in February 2020. They were announced at that time and published on the race website.

There are a few exceptions. Frequently Asked Questions about these rules.

2021 Racer Email #2: Mount Marathon Still Needs Volunteers!

Greeting, MMR racers! The Mount Marathon Race is a massive logistical undertaking that requires more than 300 volunteers.

Many have signed up, but we still have about 70 spots to fill, mostly on race day. The date change to Wednesday, July 7 has no doubt made the recruitment of volunteers more difficult.

There are opportunities to volunteer for the juniors, women’s or men’s events — and even if you personally are unavailable perhaps a friend or family member could help us out!

Volunteers get a Mount Marathon volunteer shirt and our eternal gratitude.
Here is the link to our Signup Genius volunteer listing:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45aca62eabfbc43-mount

Our Volunteer coordinator is Stephanie Wright; she can answer questions at volunteer@mountmarathon.com

We also have a handful of unlisted mountain positions that require strong fitness and significant First Aid knowledge. Anyone interested in those positions should contact:
Joe Fong, MMR Mountain Safety Director: jclfong@gmail.com

Thank you for your help!
Stephanie Wright
Mount Marathon Volunteer Coordinator

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.