5 Tips That Will Help You Complete the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon

On June 17, 2017, the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon will bring hundreds of runners to Alaska for an unforgettable racing experience. Often referred to as the “Midnight Sun Marathon”, this fast, challenging, and scenic race has been a summer solstice tradition for over 40 years. Whether you plan to participate or cheer from the sidelines, attending the 2017 Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon is a must! Here’s how you can tackle the race.

Experience the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon

1. Choose Your Race

During the Mayor’s Marathon, five races are held simultaneously: the Midnight Sun Marathon (26.2 miles), Alaska Half Marathon (13.1 miles), a marathon relay (4 x 6.5-mile legs), and the Coastal 5K and Buddy Half Marathon, where teams split the half marathon course relay-style. We suggest reviewing the events and course maps ahead of time and choosing the race that’s right for you.

2. Get to Know the Course

Framed by the spectacular Chugach Mountains, the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners through local landmarks like Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof, and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Both marathons share the same finish line but have different starting points – the full begins at Anchorage’s Bartlett High School and those running the half start at Delaney Park. With paved, flat surfaces and a few hills, these routes boast great views of the Alaskan wilderness. Runners often spot moose and other wildlife along the course!

Pro Tip: The Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon course is certified by USA Track and Field, so finishers can use their results to qualify for the Boston Marathon!

3. Enjoy Post-Race Festivities

The finish line at Delaney Park is just a few blocks away from another big event – the Summer Solstice Festival. It’s held in Town Square and Fourth Avenue and is filled with fun activities for the whole family. Toast your success at a brewery, or replace all those burned calories at a nearby restaurant. Glacier cruises, Denali flightseeing tours, and other outdoor adventures are great ways to add Alaska sights to your race in Anchorage.

4. Register Now

Online registration for the Mayor’s Marathon is quick, easy, and the least expensive method to register. Pricing for non-Alaskans is $80 until May 15, $90 after May 15, and $105 at Expo. Alaskan residents receive a $10 discount on all prices and military families receive a 50% discount on all prices. The registration deadline is June 16, 2017. Be sure to sign up before fees increase!

5. Book Your Stay at Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages

The Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon always draws a crowd. If accommodations in Anchorage begin to fill up, consider staying at our Palmer bed and breakfast instead. It’s just a short drive from Anchorage and is the perfect place to rest post-race! You can relax in one of our economical inn rooms, or celebrate in a brand new two-bedroom cottage. Don’t forget to join us for a delicious complimentary breakfast the next morning! We can’t wait to hear about your marathon experience.

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Photo Credit: Cathryn Posey | Barberstock

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