Matias Saari, MMR Director

2020 Rule Changes

10-Year New Racer Repeal Rule

Beginning with the 2020 results, new racers will NOT be eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status. Previously called Veteran Status, this rule grants Priority Registration to those who have completed 10 or more races. Priority Registration guarantees a runner entry provided they register between March 1-31.  

  • Those who have previously completed an adult race within the cutoff time or submitted a deferral in 2019 remain eligible for Priority 10-Year Status. 
  • Those who have already earned Priority 10-Year Status will keep their Priority Registration
  • This change is intended to gradually increase the lottery selection odds.

Frequently asked questions about 10-Year New Racer Repeal Rule.

Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule

To earn Priority Registration in 2021, adult racers will need to finish the 2020 race in the top 50 percent of their age group. This replaces the First 225 Finishers Rule for ensuring Priority Registration. Priority Registration guarantees a runner entry provided they register between March 1-31. 

  • To ensure that inspirational older participants are not displaced, the existing Top 10 Age Group Finishers Rule for Priority Registration will remain. 
  • Those with 10-Year Status retain Priority Registration.
  • This rule is intended to increase the number of lottery spots and lottery selection odds. 

Frequently asked questions about the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule.

Beginning in 2020:

1) NUMBER OF ENTRANTS INCREASED — The number of entrants in the men’s and women’s races will increase from 350 to 375.

  • This rule will add racers to each event and improve lottery selection odds.
  • The number of entrants will be considerably higher than the number of actual racers due to no-shows.

2) 3RD WAVE ADDED — The men’s and women’s races will increase from 2 to 3 waves of equal size starting five minutes apart.

  • This rule is designed to reduce course congestion and improve safety.

3) NEW JULY 3 EVENT TIMES — The July 3 raffle and auction will start at 6:00 p.m. and the safety meeting will start at 6:45 p.m. Bib pickup will end at 8 p.m. The safety meeting is mandatory for all first-time racers. Junior racers must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 


Frequently asked questions about the 10-Year New Racer Repeal rule

I finished the junior race prior to 2020. Am I eligible?
– No. Participation in junior races does not count towards Priority 10-Year Status.

Years ago, I finished the women’s race. Am I eligible?
– Yes. Those who completed the race prior to 2020 (or who submitted a deferral in 2019) are eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status.

My races are not consecutive. Am I eligible?
– Yes. The 10 races do not need to be consecutive for Priority 10-Year Status.

I finished the race as a petitioner several years ago. Does that count towards my Priority 10-Year Status?
– Yes. Although petitioners cannot earn Priority Registration for the following year (unless they win) the finish counts towards their Priority 10-Year Status.

I don’t know how many races I’ve finished. How can I find out?
– You can look up your results at: https://mmr.seward.com/results/search-race-results/

Frequently asked questions about the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule

There were 73 people in my age group. I finished 37th. Am I eligible for Priority Registration in 2021?
– No. 37th out of 73 equals 50.7%. This finish is not in the top 50 percent. You would have needed to finished 36th or higher for Priority Registration.

I did not finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in the junior race. I am applying for the men’s race this year. Do I have Priority Registration?
– Yes. Junior racers aging into the adult race at age 18 will continue to have Priority Registration regardless of placing.

I did not finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in 2019. Do I have Priority Registration in 2020?
– Yes. As long as you finished in the top 225, you have Priority Registration. The Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule takes effect with the results from 2020.

I placed 10th of 16 in the men’s 60-69 age group. Do I have Priority Registration in 2020?
– Yes. Although you did not place in the top 50 percent of your age group, you earn Priority Registration because you satisfy the Top 10 Age Group Finishers Rule. This finish would also earn Priority Registration in 2021.

I did not finish in the top 50 percent of my age group nor did I finish in the top 10 of my age group. However, I finished before the 2:30 time limit. Will this count towards my Priority 10-Year Status?
– Yes, you have an official finish. Since you are on the path to earning Priority 10-Year status, it will count.

I placed 140th of 300 male finishers in 2020. Do I have Priority Registration?
-In 2021, Priority Registration is based on your age-group finish, not your overall finish. You’ll need to check your age-group finish.

Are there any changes to Priority Registration for juniors?
– No.

I notice there are 40 people registered in my age group. Where will I need to finish to earn Priority Registration in 2021?
– The Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule is based on the number of finishers in an age group, not the number registered. So you will not know if you made the cutoff until after the race results have been published.

What place and time will I need to make the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule cutoff?
– Since the number of finishers in each age group and finish times vary each year, you will not know if you made the cutoff until after the race results have been published. The following chart details what place and time was needed to make the top 50 percent of each age group in 2018. (The 2019 results were skewed due to wildfire smoke):

Men Number of finishers  Top 50 Percent The time to beat:
M18-29 82 1st through 41st 1:06:28
M30-39 73 1st through 36st 1:08:09
M40-49 69 1st through 34th 1:16:33
M50-59 44 1st through 22nd 1:25:56
M60-69 23 1st through 11th 1:29:08
M70-79 9 1st through 9th 2:30:00
Women
F18-29 93 1st through 46th 1:18:24
F30-39 78 1st through 39th 1:22:19
F40-49 48 1st through 24th 1:26:28
F50-59 36 1st through 18th 1:30:01
F60-69 9 1st through 9th 2:30:00

Mount Marathon 2020 Logo Contest

How to Enter the Contest

  • Contest opens February 1st, 2020
  • Deadline for submissions is March 11, 2020
  • Winners will be announced in mid-March via email, Seward.com, and the Seward Chamber of Commerce’s social media channels

In order for your entry to be submitted and reviewed by our judges, all entries must be:

  • Submitted directly to Marissa at events@seward.com
  • Submitted in their original source file (a scalable, vector format such as .ai or .eps).
  • Submitted as a high resolution .pdf with 300 dpi or higher.

Logo Requirements

  • Theme: To best convey the unique nature of the Mount Marathon Race, the logo design must include a mountain theme.
  • Language: The design MUST include the following words or phrases:
    • Mount Marathon Race
    • 93rd Running
    • Seward, Alaska
    • July 4 or July 4th or Fourth of July AND the year 2020
  • Color: The design may include a maximum of four colors. There are no limitations on the specific colors. The logo must look professional in color and black and white.
  • Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.
  • Previous Winners: https://mmr.seward.com/results/trivia-facts/logo-history/

Contest Details

  • One winning logo design will be selected by the Mount Marathon Race Committee.
  • Contestants agree that the Seward Chamber of Commerce may publish their logo and name(s) and may use both for advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials in the future.
  • Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo, to the Mount Marathon Race and Seward Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Mount Marathon Race Committee and Seward Chamber of Commerce may alter, modify or revise the winning logo as necessary for its intended use.
  • The Mount Marathon Race Committee reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.  

Prize: The winning designer will receive $250!