DATE:

August 20th, 2022

TIME(S):

Race start time: 8am

Bib pick-up: 6am-7am (at GPRA parking lot)

*Mandatory race meeting: 7:15am – 7:30am

PLACE:

Start:Government Peak Recreation Area

Finish: Independence Mine

Climbing up to Government Peak, then following the ridge line to April Bowl and taking the road down to Independence Mine

ALASKA MOUNTAIN RESCUE GROUP

Alaska Mountain Rescue Group is a nonprofit volunteer search and rescue organization that will be out on the course during our race. They are a huge asset to our community and we hope you help us support them!

DONATE TO AMRG HERE

10% of your registration fee will be going to Alaska Mountain Rescue Group. When you see them out on the course be sure to thank them for their time & support.

Learn more about AMRG.

 

RACE DESCRIPTION/ DETAILS

Starting at Government Peak Recreation Area runners will make their way up Government Peak via the race trail. Once to the top of Government Peak participants will continue to follow the ridge line over to April Bowl and down to the Summit Lake Parking lot. Once at the parking lot runners will continue down the road to Independence Mine!

The race itself is about 9ish miles with around 5,000 ft vertical gain.

This race is challenging and covers a variety of terrain including steep uphill trail, loose rock, shale, tundra, dirt road and a tiny portion of paved road at the very end.  Weather and conditions can change the terrain very quickly making it more difficult/dangerous. It is ultimately the responsibility of the participant to be aware of their surroundings.

REQUIREMENTS

** If you are not comfortable in the backcountry, with vertical gain and loose footing this race is not for you **

Due to safety for all runners we require you to carry at least 500 calories, a light jacket, hat/gloves AND bear spray

CUT OFF LOCATION & TIME

There will be a strict cutoff of 2.5 hours at the top of Government Peak to continue on.

If you decide to turn around you MUST let a volunteer at an aid station know.

AID STATIONS & COURSE MARKINGS

We plan to have at least 3 aid stations throughout the course. Although we will have aid stations with water and food, please do not fully rely on them for nutrition/water.

The course will be marked with orange ground stake flags and occasional large stakes with signs.

1.  Halfway up Government Peak (waterfall area)

2. Government Peak

3. Summit Lake Parking Area

WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS/TERRAIN

Due to unpredictable mountain weather we reserve the right to cancel the race at any point due to weather/safety concerns.

DROP BAGS

We will be taking any drop bags for participants at the start and transport them to the finish line. Bags MUST be marked with your name. We are not responsible for any lost items.

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED GEAR

REQUIRED: 

Minimum 500 Calories
Bear Spray
Light Jacket
Hat and Gloves

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 

Space Blanket: In case of emergencies, or if you run into someone who needs

Whistle: In the event of an emergency, you can bring attention to yourself

Running Vest AND/OR 16 oz Water Carrying Capacity

Satellite Communication: inReach, Spot, etc.

ADDITIONALLY RECOMMENDED:

Food Reserves: To avoid bonking/crashing while climbing and running.

Long Sleeve: Additional layer of protection when the temps are low or precipitation is forecasted.

Rain/Wind Pants:  Being prepared for possible wind and rain is important as either can cause an extreme temperature drop in the mountains.

Sunscreen: Keep your exposed skin protected.

Phone With Emergency Numbers Added: There will likely be spotty service on the first half of the race and on the ridgeline however, you will be out of service once you drop down to summit lake.

GIVEAWAYS

Tech t-shirt and a finisher medal!

Please be sure to sign up early if you’d like a guaranteed t-shirt and the correct size

RULES

Not adhering to the below rules may result in time penalty or disqualification, it will be left up to the race organizers discretion.

Bibs: Bibs MUST be visible on the front of the body at all times.  If wearing layers be prepared to adjust your bib as needed.

Timing Chips: Your timing chip MUST be attached to your shoe or at the very least below your knee and uncovered. We will provide twist ties for those who have quick laces or untraditional shoe laces.

Assisting Runners In Need:  If you encounter a runner in need of help/distress you must stop, not assisting a runner in need will result in disqualification.  Time spent giving assistance to another participant will be taken into account by race organizers to adjust finishing time.

Recommended Gear: We highly recommend carrying the essential gear to maintain a higher capacity for safety in the mountains (see list above).

Staying On Course:  The course will be well marked and runners must stay on the route at all times for both safety and competition. Going off trail or cutting switchbacks is not allowed. If you end up off trail, please return to the point of departure and continue on.

Headphones:  Are not allowed due to the remote nature of the course and safety considerations.

Dropping Out: Runners may only drop at an aid station checkpoint.  In order to drop out find an aid station volunteer to record your drop.  This will help us avoid unnecessary search efforts. 

No Littering: Trash receptacles will be available at all aid stations. Please do not dispose of trash outside of the aid stations.

Sportsmanship: Poor Sportsmanship will not be tolerated toward any participant, volunteer or worker this can result in immediate disqualification.

Cutoff Times: There will be a strict cutoff of 2.5 hours at the top of Government Peak to continue on.

No Dogs: Although we would love to see everyone’s dog they are not allowed on the course due to safety for other participants, you and your dog.

Volunteers: Please thank any volunteer you see during your time at our event. They are simply amazing and make this race possible!

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers who help with any of our summer races June-August will receive a race t-shirt and a $25.00 AKtive Soles gift card!

Email events@aktivesoles.com to become a volunteer for this or any AKtive Soles race!

RESULTS

Will be posted within 48 hours onto UltraSignup

QUESTIONS

For any other questions please email us at events@aktivesoles.com

 

PARKING

You can park at either Government Peak Recreation Area (Borough Pass) or Independence Mine (State Park Pass). There will not be a shuttle so please plan accordingly. However, if you absolutely can not find ride (from the finish line to the parking lot) please contact us at events@aktivesoles.com PRIOR to the race.

 

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