Mt. Marathon Race Course
ElevationAscent: 2,661' 811 m
Descent: -2,673' -815 m
High: 2,724' 830 m
Low: 51' 16 m
GradeAvg Grade: 31% (17°)
Max Grade: 89% (42°)
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“A very rocky, muddy, open trail that is very steep and made for one purpose: to race!”— Josh Robinson
Featured Race - Jul 4, 2019
After that first fateful footrace, a race has been hosted annually ever since. Now, the race begins downtown, at Fourth and Adams, in front of the First National Bank Alaska, and ends a block south of where it began, at Fourth and Washington. The halfway point is a stone marker atop Mount Marathon, 3022 feet (921 m) above sea level, and a mile and a half from the finish line.
The total race course distance is about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). Leading racers will typically reach the peak from the starting line in 30 minutes, and reach the finish line from the peak in 1015 minutes for a total time between 40 minutes to an hour. It is not uncommon for the racers who finish to cross the finish line injured or bleeding and covered in mud. This is not a course to take lightly!
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