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Mayor's Marathon

In an Alaska summer solstice tradition, runners from all over the world will convene in Anchorage on June 20, 2015, for the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon and 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 (UAA) and Anchorage Parks & Recreation, five running races are held simultaneously - including the Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Marathon Relay (4 x 6.5 mile legs), Four-miler, and Youth Cup (1.6 miles). For information on the starting times and locations, click here.

Cash prizes will be given for any men’s or women’s course records broken in both the marathon and half-marathon events. Online registration is available through the Mayor’s Marathon website.

The Course

The course takes marathoners from the foothills of the Chugach Mountains on the east side of Anchorage, to the steely waters of Cook Inlet on the west - offering breathtaking scenery to stimulate the senses and take one's worries off physical exertion.

On a clear race day, look for North America’s tallest mountain, Mount McKinley (20,320’), a peak in one of six mountain ranges visible from Anchorage. The Marathon course is certified by USA Track and Field and finishers can use their results to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Click here for the course map.

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 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."