August 6th, 2022

Registration opens: January 9th 2022 at 8am


Race start time: 7am

Early start time: 6am (marathoners ONLY who are concerned about making the cut off)



Start: near the intersection of Willow Fishhook Rd and Shirley Towne Drive.

End:  Independence Mine Parking Lot (lower)


The Hatcher Pass Marathon and Relay  is a mountainous run starting in Willow, Alaska.  The route follows Hatcher Pass Rd all the way over the summit, and finishes at Independence Mine Parking Area.

The course has a total elevation gain of 4,943ft,  the last mile includes a steep downhill, and then one last uphill push to the finish line.   Approximately 20 miles is on gravel road, the rest on pavement (at the beginning of the course). This is not a certified marathon course.

Aid Stations:

Aid stations will include water and some food, please do not rely on the aid stations for your fueling/hydration needs

Mile 4.5
Mile 9 – exchange point
Mile 13
Mile 17 – exchange point
Mile 20
Mile 23


 Individual Runner

 Relay teams


3 person relay only

Approximate mileage per relay leg: 

First Leg:  9 miles 

Second Leg: 8 miles

Third Leg:  9.2 miles

Exchange Points:

Mile 9 and Mile 17


Timing & Bibs:

The relay teams will receive one final time per team

Each member of the 3 person relay will wear the same bib number. The third and final runner MUST wear the timing chip for accurate results.


Parking is available but limited at all locations; i.e. start, exchange zones & finish. Carpooling is highly encouraged.

Parking Passes:
If you do not have an Alaska State Parks parking sticker, there is a $5 fee to park at the finish line at the Independence Mine State Historical Park “bowl” parking area.

Please use caution when pulling off of and back onto the roadway; be aware of other vehicles traveling at high speeds, off road-vehicles, and other runners.  

Do NOT block traffic following any runner, you WILL disqualified if you do so. There are plenty of pull outs along the race course that you use to wait for your team/runner. We will NOT be directing or stopping any traffic so please be aware of your surroundings. Vehicles have the right of way!

There will be no shuttle and every participant is responsible for their own ride/transportation from the finish line.


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. For relay teams the only person that will have a timing chip is the third and final runner of your team. 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.

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 is a strict 8 hour cutoff time, if you think the course will take longer than that, you must start at the 6am early start time.

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!


16 oz Water

Bear spray
Light Jacket

Temperatures can vary greatly in the mountains, be prepared for all weather events!





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



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

Email to become a volunteer for this or any AKtive Soles race!


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