Your emergency contact name and number is very important information for the Mt. Marathon Race Committee.
In recent years we have found it necessary to contact an emergency contact person for racers, not only in the event of injury or distress, but for confirmation when a runner does not appear at the starting line, finish line or other checkpoints in the race.
Every Fourth of July in Seward, as we host many thousands of visitors, we find that our cell phone towers are overwhelmed and cannot handle the volume. It is difficult to place calls to or from cells phones during that day, and we find that sending a text (which is a much smaller piece of electronic information) is more likely to be received in a timely manner, while at the same time providing a record of the contact.
Therefore, emergency contact names and numbers listed on your Mt. Marathon Race Application, should ideally be for people with cell phones that can receive text messages during races times!
Why is my race place different than those posted on race day or in the newspaper?
A few timing chips malfunctioned during each of the races (juniors, women’s, men’s) so we didn’t have their finish read immediately. On the days following the race, we filled these racers in with their finish times as we confirmed them in back-up timing system and it displaced those racers ranked after them.
Timing chips will be attached to bibs – check it out!
So here are some general tips from our official race timer:
Your timing chip is attached to your race bib. Do not fold or crumple your chip. Do not remove the chip from the back of your bib. Here are some tips on the best way to wear your bib to ensure the most accurate time possible.
The best place to wear your bib is on the front of your torso, pinned securely on all four corners.
If you are not wearing a shirt and can’t hang your bib from your nipple piercings (like bird man):
-Place it so that the number is still reading as it should (horizontal).
-Place it on the left leg.
-Pin all four corners securely.
If your bib comes off during the race the best thing you can do is carry it with you and show it as you cross the finish line.
Do not wear your bib on your back!
A group of veteran runners will lead a race course preview on Mount Marathon from 1-3 p.m. Saturday June 21. This is the only date and time offered this year unlike in years past.
The tours will focus on helping participants travel safely on the
bottom third of the mountain. Tour leaders will guide uphill until
“Squirrel’s Inn” and downhill through the creekbed. Multiple options
for descending off the mountain to the road portion will be covered.
Anyone who is signed up for this year’s race or interested in a future
race is encouraged to participate. There is no fee but participants
must sign a waiver.
The group will meet at the picnic table near the gate on upper Lowell
Canyon Road beginning at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Matias Saari at 529-4178 or