One-Time Earned Race Spot

There are two ways to earn a One-Time Earned Race Spot. You can either win one of the Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix races or finish in the top 10 of the previous year’s Mount Marathon Race. Racers who earn a spot still pay the full entry fee.

Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix Race Winners

The Mount Marathon Race is part of the Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix series. Adult winners of Grand Prix races may apply for a one-time invitation to the Mount Marathon Race.

The current race year’s adult male and female winners of Crazy Lazy, Kal’s Knoya Ridge Run (the longest course run), Government Peak Climb, Juneau Ridge Race, and Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb (Bird Ridge) may request an invitation for either the current year or the following year. Winners of the races that occur in May and June outside the Mount Marathon registration period who want to race the current year should email mmrdirector@seward.com for registration instructions.

Winners of the Matanuska Peak Challenge and Cirque Series Alyeska (Pro Division), both of which occur after July 4, can apply for an invitation to the following year’s Mount Marathon Race.

Top-10 Finishers

If a petitioner or Earned Race Spot winner places in the top 10 at Mount Marathon, they earn another one-year invite to the next Mount Marathon Race.

Application Instructions

During the race registration period, a Grand Prix race winner or a Top-10 finisher must:

  1. Apply as a lottery applicant for the Mount Marathon Race.
  2. Use the online One-Time Earned Race Spot Form during the registration period;
  3. For races that occur outside the registration period, email the Race Director for registration instructions.
  4. Select a volunteer opportunity. If you do not meet your volunteer commitment, you may be disqualified from future requests.
  5. Promptly follow up if you do not receive notice of receipt for your online form.

Those who request an Earned Race Spot will first be considered as a lottery applicant. If they do not gain entry through the lottery, the applicant will be entered as an Earned Race Spot runner.

Unless an Earned Race Spot runner wins the Mount Marathon Race, the runner will not gain priority status through this process and must return to the lottery pool for future Mount Marathon Races.

Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix Race Winners

The Mount Marathon Race is part of the Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix series. Adult male and female winners of these select Grand Prix races earn a race spot for the current year or next year’s Mount Marathon Race:

  • Crazy Lazy
  • Kal’s Knoya Ridge Run
  • Government Peak Climb
  • Juneau Ridge Race
  • Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb (Bird Ridge)
  • Matanuska Peak Challenge
  • Cirque Series Alyeska (Pro Division)

Submit a One-Time Earned Race Spot Form