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Earn a Race Spot Through Our New Online Auction

Hoping to still claim a spot in the 2019 Mount Marathon Race? You can now bid for a spot in the race via an online silent auction that will take place April 23–April 25.

The top three bids for the women’s race and men’s race will gain a race spot.

The online auction is a perfect opportunity for those who would like to secure a spot in the race with plenty of time to train and make arrangements before participating. Revenue from the auction helps keep registration costs reasonable for everyone else, and it helps cover our expense for the race.

Outside Magazine calls Mount Marathon the “toughest 5K on the planet.” Here’s your chance to join one of the most challenging short-distance mountain races in the world, and the biggest Fourth of July celebration in Alaska!

Help us get the word out by sharing the link to the online auction! The auction closes at 11:59 pm AK on Thursday, April 25.



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!

Subway and Olympian Kikkan Randall Are Champions of Healthy Living—and the Mount Marathon Race

By Erin Kirkland

It’s hard to overstate Olympian and lifelong Alaska resident Kikkan Randall’s enthusiasm for healthy living. Her signature grin and shock of pink hair have inspired legions of young people across Alaska, even before Randall and teammate Jessie Diggins brought home a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“Stay active, eat well, and do your best” have long been Randall’s
mantras, and as a force in Alaska’s competitive skiing and running circles, successful ones at that.

Olympian Kikkan Randall helped cultivate a culture of healthy living in the Last Frontier through her partnership with Subway. Photo courtesy Kikkan Randall.

Subway of Alaska and Randall forged a partnership in 2006, teaming up to encourage positive food choices and daily exercise for the benefit all Alaskans.

Through carefully-crafted messaging, Randall and Subway spread the word, hosted events, and quickly generated a whole new way to promote good food and regular activity.

“I was so excited about the opportunity to partner with such a strong brand as Subway,” Randall recalls. “They already had a great campaign going to promote healthy eating, and I was proud to contribute as a role model for healthy activity.”

Dressing up like a superhero to save Alaskans from unhealthy lunches, running kids to their respective finish lines, or leading the charge to involve more girls in athletics are only a few of Randall’s most memorable moments with support from Subway. And even though Randall and her family have moved away from the Last Frontier, her positive contributions, and Subway’s, remain strong.

“Thanks to businesses like Subway that really care about our community, I’ve seen local youth activities grow in number and get more impactful than they used to be back in my younger days,” Randall said. Activities, she says, that challenge kids to be at their
best, from the inside out.

July 4, 2018 marks the 91st running of the Mount Marathon Race in Seward, and this year, Subway is sponsoring the midnight fireworks show in celebration of Independence Day.

Kikkan Randall hits the base of the mountain in the 2010 Mount Marathon Race. The following year, she won the women’s race with a time of 52:53. Photo courtesy Alaska’s Focus Photography.

A fixture of fast, fresh dining since 1994, Seward’s Subway store near the small boat harbor has been owned and operated by Mr. Young Jin Park for almost 15 years.

Randall was a formative competitor in both the Junior and Senior races, tackling her first foray into the steep, risky slopes of the namesake mountain in 1994, and won the Women’s division in 2011 with a record time.

Eating fresh, making lifelong choices for wellness, and staying active; Kikkan Randall and Subway Alaska still agree on the message, with a generation of successes all on their way to a strong, healthy Last Frontier adulthood.

Seward’s Fourth of July fireworks Display is proudly presented by Subway. The fireworks will launch near the Mariner’s Memorial (Seward Boat Harbor) at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 4. Popular viewing spots include the Waterfront Park, Seward Boat Harbor, or from a boat in the bay. 

Erin Kirkland is an Anchorage-based freelance travel journalist, author, mother, and active participant in the #eatfresh mantra. Follow her family’s adventures at

Get to Know Advanced Physical Therapy

Advanced Physical Therapy is an Alaskan employee-owned and managed practice. Our team consists of Physical Therapists, athletic trainers, and administrative staff, who are committed to providing advanced care in all aspects of healing.

Our physical therapy clinic provides unparalleled quality of treatment. We recognize no two clients are alike. We customize therapies to fit each individual and their needs. Whether the problem is simple or complex, our clients enjoy the journey to physical well-being with hands-on therapy, a personalized movement program, and health education to last a lifetime.

Advanced Physical Therapy takes pride in helping the communities we serve and athletes of all different types. You can often find us at many different community events all over the state, from the sidelines of the local high school soccer game in the valley, a 5k run in Fairbanks, a hockey game in Soldotna, or maybe a mountain race in Anchorage—we love supporting our communities!

We are often onsite to perform injury screens, pre and post-race support to include post-race care, orthopedic assessment, or advice and education on how we can help you! Please make sure you stop by our tent for any questions or needs you may have and to get some free post-race care!  Advanced Physical Therapy wishes everyone a safe and fun race!


Advanced Physical Therapy is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Mount Marathon Race for the third consecutive year. APT offers injury-prevention, training, and rehabilitation strategies for optimal athletic performance at five clinics throughout Alaska. Learn more at

Announcing Altra as the Official Footwear Sponsor of the 2018 Mount Marathon Race

We’re proud to welcome Altra Footwear as our new Platinum Partner and the Official Footwear Sponsor of the 2018 Mount Marathon Race!

Altra Footwear was started and inspired by the mountains of Utah, so it’s no surprise the brand has a rich history of mountain and trail running. Altra’s shoes have won countless awards; their FootshapeTM toebox, ZeroDropTM midsole and Fit4HerTM gender-specific fit make Altra shoes the perfect choice for comfortable, natural and performance-minded running.

Altra’s preferred shoe to tackle Mount Marathon is the King MT 1.5. This trail shoe features a Vibram® MegaGrip™ outsole with deep 6 mm lugs for lateral breaking, medial gripping and excellent traction. Above this is a lightweight, responsive Altra EGOTM midsole with a reinforced mesh upper and durable FootLock™ descent strap. Pair that with the Altra Trail Gaiter, and you’ll be ready to conquer both the uphill scramble and downhill controlled fall of our unique course without thinking once about your feet.

The King MT retails for $140 and the gaiters retail for $20. Both are available at or at your local specialty running retailer.

Although this will be the 91st running of the Mount Marathon Race, Altra will be our first-ever footwear sponsor. We’re thrilled to connect our community of mountain runners with this innovative trail running brand!

Learn more about our Altra and their footwear at


About Altra

While working at a running store, Altra founder Golden Harper was frustrated that modern running shoe technology caused poor running form and had not decreased running injuries. His passion to create a shoe that followed the science produced Altra’s FootShape™ toe box and Zero Drop™ platform. Since its founding in 2011, Harper and co-founder Brian Beckstead have grown Altra from one to 25 shoe styles, winning multiple Editor’s Choice awards and distribution in more than 60 countries. Join the conversation @AltraRunning and #ZeroLimits on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Media Contact: Colleen Logan, VP Marketing,


Train Smarter with Advanced Physical Therapy

Stay Healthy on Your Path to Race Day

Happy Spring, runners! Despite the unpredictable weather here in Alaska, it won’t be long until the long and sunnier days of summer return.

To help you prepare for race day, we’re excited to share a 10-week Mount Marathon training plan developed by Collin Atkinson, PT. Collin is a Seward-based physical therapist at Advanced Physical Therapy, one of our leading race partners. 

In conjunction with the training plan, Collin will be providing race clinics and recovery talks in Seward. For more information about these events, follow APT–Seward’s Facebook page and join the “Advanced Physical Therapy Mount Marathon” group on Strava.

Click here for a PDF of the week-by-week training plan.

General Training Principles:

You should be running easy on your non-workout days. There is such a thing as running too fast on your easy days. Easy running days are designed to build up your body’s resilience to repetitive load. In addition, most runners will find that speed and competitive running improves dramatically with a focus on running slower on easy days.

Change is OK. A plan is not a rigid structure, but it is designed to be a framework. Listen to your body. If you are feeling sluggish, or don’t have the urge to run, it is ok to change workouts or take the day off. Change the plan to meet your life—not the other way around.

It is more important to reach the start line healthy than it is to stick to a training plan. Hill running requires significant leg strength and coordination (neuromuscular control). Rest can make the difference between running in this year’s race and watching on Fourth Avenue.

If you do find yourself dealing with a nagging injury, schedule an evaluation with your local physical therapists at APT. You may not even need a referral to have your visit covered by insurance.

Final words of wisdom: If you find that you like some workouts more than others, it is ok to modify the sample program to reflect your preferences. Keep it fun!


Advanced Physical Therapy is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Mount Marathon Race for the third consecutive year. APT offers injury-prevention, training, and rehabilitation strategies for optimal athletic performance at five clinics throughout Alaska. Learn more at