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Mayor's Marathon
 
4.6 (2 reviews)
Anchorage, AK
June 17, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 675
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Hybrid (50/50 Mix)
Certified: Yes

The Mayor's Marathon is a point-to-point race from Bartlett High School traveling through the eastern foothills and across Anchorage to the Delaney Park Strip finish line. Scenic city bike trails, gravel, rocky, and paved roadways make up this gently rolling to extended downhill course. Terrain is roughly 65% paved; 35% non-paved.

Equinox Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Fairbanks, AK
September 16, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 400
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 4.00
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: No

The Equinox Marathon is one of the oldest and most rugged marathons in the US. It's a loop-style course starting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a mix of road, xc ski trails, double track, and single track trails. From miles 8 to 13, the course takes runners on a gut-wrenching climb to the summit of Ester Dome which is a 1,500 ft. climb.

Moose's Tooth Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Anchorage, AK
August 20, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 300
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

A double out & back race with the first half on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and the second half on the Chester Creek Trail. All roads/trails are paved. The course is mostly rolling terrain, but has a couple of significant mid-race climbs. The marathon attracts local Anchorage runners as well as those from out of state; many of the registrants belonged to the Fifty States Marathon Club or the Marathon Maniacs.

Frank Maier Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Juneau, AK
July 29, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 75
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 750 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

This USATF-certified, out and back marathon is run at sea level on the lightly traveled, two-lane Douglas Highway in Juneau, Alaska. The moderately hilly, Boston qualifier course offers views of mountains, glaciers, forests, and the ocean.

Kenai River Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Kenai, AK
September 24, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 50
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Kenai River Marathon is a loop-style road race connecting the cities of Kenai and Soldotna via the Unity Trail. This is a fast, predominately flat course on pavement and is certified by USATF as a Boston qualifier.

Prince of Wales Island Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Craig, AK
May 27, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 25
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

An out & back race on the third largest island in the United States -- Prince of Wales Island. Starting in Craig, the course takes runners along the Klawock Channel through Klawock and along the Thorne Bay Highway. The course is mostly rolling/flat except for a 200' hill at miles 8 & 14.

Skagway Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Skagway, AK
June 10, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 25
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 3.25
Surface: Hybrid (50/50 Mix)
Certified: Yes

An out & back race that traverses the Southeast Alaskan fjord coastline, glacially-carved valleys, Taiya River trestle bridge, and has a spectacular view of West Creek Glacier. The course has a monstrous 350' hill from miles 11-12, and two 200' climbs at miles 2 & 21. It's also a hybrid course -- 50% paved, 50% non-paved.

Bearfest Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Wrangell, AK
July 30, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 25
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Bearfest Marathon is an out&back/loop-style course with the majority of the route on the Zimovia Highway. It's mostly flat/rolling with one significant hill at mile 15.

Salmon Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Cordova, AK
July 15, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 20
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Hybrid (50/50 Mix)
Certified: No

The King Salmon Marathon is a point-to-point road race through the Copper River delta. The course is mostly flat with the first half on gravel road and the remainder being paved.

Willow Winter Solstice Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Willow, AK
December 17, 2016

Race Vitals

Participants: 10
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: Unknown
Difficulty Rating: Unknown
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: No

An out-and-back course taking you from the Willow Community Center, winding through Willow Area lakes, and out to Red Shirt Lake in Nancy Lake Recreation Area. The course is almost entirely on winter trails.

Learn about Difficulty Rating

Difficulty Rating

Race Navigator created the Difficulty Rating scale to help runners quickly compare the difficulty between marathon courses. The scale is 0.0 to 5.0 with 0.0 being the easiest and 5.0 being the most difficult. A further explanation is below:

Rating Course Description
0 to 1 These courses are mostly downhill and very fast – excellent for PR/BQ’s.
1 to 2 A rating of “1” means the course is flat; closer to “2” you can expect small hills.
2 to 3 The course has moderate hills.
3 to 4 The course has substantial hills.
4 to 5 Very difficult course usually with technical terrain.

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