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Anchorage Mayor's Marathon

In an Alaska summer solstice tradition, runners from all over the world will convene in Anchorage on June 18, 2016, for the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon & Half Marathon. The event has promoted healthy bodies for more than forty years.

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The annual Mayor's Marathon is held during summer solstice activities in Anchorage.
The annual Mayor's Marathon is held during summer solstice activities in Anchorage. ©Visit Anchorage/Roy Neese

The Race

Organized by the University of Alaska Anchorage and Anchorage Parks & Recreation, five running races are held simultaneously - including the Midnight Sun Marathon (26.2 miles), Alaska Half Marathon (13.1 miles), a marathon relay (4 x 6.5 mile legs), Coastal 5K and Buddy Half Marathon, in which teams of two split the half marathon into two or three sections.

The race expo takes place June 16-17, with the races taking to the course on June 18, 2016. Online registration is available through the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon website.

The Course

The marathon course takes marathoners from the foothills of the Chugach Mountains on the east side of Anchorage, to Delaney Park alongside downtown and the steely waters of Cook Inlet on the west - offering breathtaking scenery to stimulate the senses and take one's worries off physical exertion. The marathon course is certified by USA Track and Field and finishers can use their results to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

The Alaska Half Marathon Starts and ends on Delaney Park with an out-and-back course past Eathquake Park near Point Woronzof.

Anchorage Mayor's Marathon and Half Marathon course maps are available online.

Shuttle Transportation

Free shuttle buses are available to take runners to the marathon start from most major hotels on the day of the event. Shuttles will also be available from the finish line back to hotels. Priority is given to runners, however, spectators may use the shuttles if space is available. Information on the shuttle buses as well as answers to other frequently asked questions can be found at the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon website.

Please note, spectators wanting to cheer on participants at key locations on the course must arrange their own transportation. Anchorage has many car and bike rental facilities, cab companies and a public bus system.

Team in Training

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” program has been sending runners to this event since 1994, which has helped the Mayor's Marathon and Half Marathon to grow and to attract top runners from outside of Alaska. Learn more about "Team in Training."