August 5th, 2023
50 Mile & 50 Mile Relay:
at Hatcher Pass Lodge (Red A Frame Cabins)
Marathon & Marathon Relay:
at N. Shirley Towne Dr, Willow.
Marathon/Relay Start: near the intersection of Willow Fishhook Rd and Shirley Towne Drive.
50 Mile/Relay Start: Hatcher Pass Lodge (Red A Frame Cabins)
End for all races: Hatcher Pass Lodge (Red A Frame Cabins)
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.
NEW this year is the Hatcher Pass 50 Mile! This course will start at Hatcher Pass Lodge (the official finish) and run down to the marathon start in Willow before turning around and running the course back up to the finish. If you’re good at math, you will know this is not an exact 50 mile course, it’s really back to back marathons for a total of roughly 54 miles. Relay teams will also be allowed to register for and run the 50, with the same exchange points and each runner running two legs of the race; one down, one up.
Marathon Aid Stations:
There will be 6 aid stations
Aid stations will include water and some food, please do not rely on the aid stations for your fueling/hydration needs
Mile 9 – exchange point
Mile 17 – exchange point
50 Mile Aid Stations:
As the 50 mile course is an out and back participants will hit each aid stations twice starting at aid station mile 23 (see marathon aid stations above).
CUT OFF TIMES
50 Mile & Relay:
6.5 hour cutoff to the marathon start (11:30am)
15 hour cutoff to the finish. (8:00pm)
Marathon & Relay:
You will have 9 hours to finish!
Marathon Individual Runner
$95.00 (after June 30th)
Marathon Relay teams
$175 (after June 30th)
50 Mile Individual Runner:
$110 (after June 30th)
50 Mile Relay Teams:
$190 (after June 30th)
RELAY TEAM DETAILS
3 person relay only
*only teams of 3 will be eligible for finisher awards
MARATHON Approximate mileage per relay leg :
First Leg: 9 miles
Second Leg: 8 miles
Third Leg: 9.2 miles
MARATHON Exchange Points:
Mile 9 and Mile 17
50 Mile Relay:
Each person will run two legs. One down the mountain, one up the mountain
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.
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!
REQURIED/ RECOMMENDED GEAR
Required marathon and marathon relay:
16 oz Water
Required 50 mile and relay:
16 oz Water
high viz. vest
Temperatures can vary greatly in the mountains, be prepared for all weather events! We’ve had years will very cold temps as well as very hot. Please look at the weather for hatcher pass/summit lake before the start and be prepared for potential changes!
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.
50 Mile/ Relay:
We will take drop bags to the marathon start and back to the finish line, If you need anything at half way point.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to become a volunteer for this or any AKtive Soles race!
Email email@example.com with any questions you have.
CREWING AND PACING
In order to maintain our permitted number of participants on Hatcher Pass Road, the following MUST be adhered to:
There are NO pacers or crew allowed for the marathon.
One (1) vehicle per Relay team is allowed to drive along the course to exchange runners at the designated exchange aid stations. NO pacers are allowed for any leg of the Relay.
One (1) pacer and one (1) crew vehicle will be allowed per participant of the 50. Pacer MUST wear the designated “pacer” bib at all times while on the course and is not permitted to run more than 30 total miles. Pacers may meet/drop their runner at any of the designated aid stations.
Crew vehicles must use pull out areas along the roadside to check on their runners. Absolutely NO following runners and impeding traffic. This action may result in runner disqualification.