Anchorage Mayor's Marathon
The longest day of the year means a long distance race for many in Anchorage. The Anchorage Mayor's Marathon & Half Marathon is a summer solstice tradition more than 40 years in the making. Runners from all over the world head to Anchorage on June 18, 2022, for 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 or three runners split the half marathon course into sections relay style. This year, there's also a virtual race option, for runners who wish to compete anytime from June 10-20, 2022.
The race expo takes place June 16-17, with the races taking to the course on June 18, 2022. Online registration is available through the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon website. The Healthy Futures Kids' Mile, also takes place June 18. It's a free kids race run as part of the race weekend.
The finish line at Delaney Park is a few blocks away from another big event. The Summer Solstice Festival in downtown Anchorage is filled with all-ages fun. Toast your success at a nearby brewery, replace all those burned calories at a nearby restaurant.
Catch your breath after the race, and find some breathtaking sights just beyond the city. Glacier and wildlife cruises, flightseeing tours to Denali or Prince William Sound, and day tours are great ways to add Alaska sights to your race in Anchorage.