2024 First-timer Email #1 — Important Info!

Mount Marathon First-time Racers (and junior parents) — please read this important information!

  • COURSE RECON REQUIREMENT — The race is in 27 days! Just a reminder that first-timers must complete the ENTIRE course in training — and sign a statement at bib pickup that they have done so — before they can collect their bib on July 3. If the first-timer is a junior, a parent or guardian must sign the statement.
  • COURSE KNOWLEDGE: We have a large group of about 320 rookies this year! Get prepared in person and by watching these short VIDEOS from the mountain and this excellent SAFETY VIDEO. Become familiar with the multiple route options onto and off the mountain.
  • SAFETY TOURS Saturdays JUNE 15 and JUNE 22 — Safety tours led by experienced Mount Marathon racers are a great way for beginners to get tips on navigating up and down the lower third of the mountain. Meet near the gate on Upper Lowell Canyon Road at 11:45 a.m. More info here: https://mountmarathon.com/news/2024-safety-tours-june-15-and-june-22/
  • COURSE CONDITIONS – It is wise to practice the mountain whether it’s sunny or raining, dry or slippery! Currently the up route is in good shape all the way to the summit; the down trail through snow is being traveled as well. Who knows if any snow will remain on race day! The trail through the Gut (creek) requires care as always. Note that conditions can change daily or even hourly: it might be raining the night of July 3 and the course could dry out by July 4, or vice-versa. The race will still be held rain or shine!
  • SAFETY MEETING FOR FIRST-TIMERS — All first-timers must attend the safety meeting at 6:45 p.m. July 3 at the Seward High School gymnasium. First-time juniors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • NOT A ROOKIE?: A rookie is someone who has not officially finished a Mount Marathon race in the allotted time. If you received this message but believe you are not a first-time racer, please email director@mountmarathon.com to be classified correctly.

Stay tuned for upcoming messages and best wishes for your preparations!
The Mount Marathon Race Committee &
Matias Saari, Race Director