One-Time Petition Race Spot

In rare instances, the Mount Marathon Race Committee approves petitions because of special circumstances, such as documented outstanding results in other mountain races or other extraordinary circumstances.

Petitioning offers a one-time (one race) opportunity to experience the race. (However, if you place among the top 10 overall, that gains you entry the following year provided you register for the race and complete a One-Time Earned Race Spot Form).

Please note: An approved petition is only valid for the current year and resets the petitioner’s weighted lottery status back to zero for the following race year. If your intent is to gain entry to the race for more than one year, the lottery is your best path to entry.

The petitioner must:

  • Apply as a lottery applicant and pay the application fee.
  • Complete an online petition during the race registration period (March 1–31).

The petition will ask you to:

  • Establish your credibility as an experienced mountain runner or your mountain skills. Include results of other mountain races.
  • Explain why you want to run the Mount Marathon Race.
  • Explain why you are not trying to gain entry via the auction. The auction occurs on July 3 and the highest bidder wins. There is no auction for junior racers.
  • Explain how you will complete the entire course prior to the race (if you live outside of Southcentral Alaska).
  • Indicate which volunteer opportunity you would like to sign up for on July 4:
    • 6 a.m. — set up fencing downtown
    • 8:45–11:00 a.m – street crowd control (junior race)
    • 10:45 a.m.–1:30 pm – street crowd control
    • 1:45–4:30 p.m. — street crowd control
    • 4:30 p.m. — take down fencing downtown

Missing your volunteer opportunity may disqualify you from future races.

Those who petition for a race entry will first be considered as a lottery applicant. If the petitioner wins the lottery, they are in the race. If the petitioner loses the lottery, their petition will be considered by the race committee.

Unless a petitioner wins the Mount Marathon Race, they may not gain priority status through an approved one-year petition and must return to the lottery pool for the following year’s race.

Submit a One-Time Race Spot Petition