All posts by Race Staff

Course Condition Deferral Request

After carefully reviewing recent weather forecasts, smoke advisories, and public health guidelines regarding the effects of wildfire smoke, the Seward Chamber of Commerce—in consultation with the Mount Marathon Race Committee—has decided to issue a “course condition deferral” option to all runners registered for the 2019 race. This was previously referred to as an “emergency alert.”

The course condition deferral option will allow all registered runners to defer their 2019 entry to the 2020 race if they choose not to run due to air quality.

This includes lottery winners, priority racers, petitioners and special invites. Runners with “10-year status” are already allowed to defer their entry without losing their priority status. Runners who have already submitted medical or military deferrals for the 2019 race are not required to take additional action. 

To defer race entry to 2020, please complete the form below by Friday, July 5 at 11:59 p.m. 

This timeline allows runners to decide whether or not to race based on real-time air quality conditions.

Deferral requests are a two-step process:

  • Submit a deferral request using the online deferral request form (below)
  • Runners who defer must register for the 2020 race during the normal registration period (March 2020) to gain entry in the race.

Additional information about the 2019 course condition deferral process and race conditions will be posted to the race website.

2019 Course Condition Deferral
By submitting this Course Condition Deferral Request for the 2019 Mount Marathon Race, I acknowledge that I am aware of all race rules relating to deferrals, and understand that I am required to register and make payment for the 2020 Mount Marathon Race in conformance with those rules.

Changes to registration and lottery fees

For the 2019 race, we have adjusted our registration and lottery fees in response to feedback from the racing community regarding the non-refundable lottery application fee.

2019 registration and lottery fees

Men’s and women’s races:

  • Registration fee: $85 (previously $65)
  • Lottery application fee: $20 (previously $35)

Junior race:

  • Registration fee: $25 (no change)
  • Lottery application fee: $15 (no change)

These changes do not significantly change our revenue. We’re simply shifting more of the expenses to runners who are getting to enjoy the race experience, as opposed to unsuccessful lottery applicants. We have kept the cost of the junior race the same to encourage entire families to continue participating.

Where’s the money go?

The Mount Marathon Race has grown exponentially since the first official running in 1915. These days, providing a great race day experience for our 1,000 runners and up to 30,000 spectators is an enormous effort that requires hundreds of volunteers. Planning the race is a year-round effort by our dedicated, all-volunteer race committee and our small Seward Chamber staff (they volunteer many extra hours as well).

Race registration and lottery fees help pay for essential expenses.

Race registration and lottery fees are used to help pay for the hard costs associated with the race, which total approximately $85,000.

Expenses include race essentials—such as timing equipment, bibs, safety equipment, facility rentals, equipment rentals, port-a-potties, waste management, etc.—and items that enhance the race experience (for example, finisher and volunteer shirts, patches, awards, etc.).

Our objective is to keep the cost of participating manageable while covering the costs of this nonprofit event. Many other events our size have registration fees upwards of $125.

Support from our auction and race partners helps cover remaining expenses.

Other types of race income—such as auction revenue and cash sponsorships—help pay for the balance of race expenses and the Seward Chamber’s nonprofit staff time.

Generous support from our race partners also helps fund other expenses, such as race swag (like those sweet trail gaiters in 2018 from Altra Running), the Fourth of July fireworks display (sponsored by Seward Subway), and runner hydration (courtesy of Powerade).

The Mount Marathon Race is a nonprofit event benefitting the entire community of Seward.

Any remaining race proceeds support the Seward Chamber’s work to build a vibrant year-round economy in Seward. Proceeds from one raffled race entry support the Seward Community Foundation.

By participating in the Mount Marathon Race, you’re directly contributing to the health of our small coastal community. Thank you to all of our runners, partners, and volunteers who make this iconic Alaska event so special!