8th Annual (2018)
HATCHER PASS MARATHON & RELAY
ROAD CONSTRUCTION. Make sure to check for any road construction at http://alaskanavigator.org/
Driving Directions to Start
*The start line is generally at the downed Willow Creek bridge, near the intersection of Willow Fishhook Rd and Shirley Towne Drive. From Anchorage, take the Glenn Highway (AK-1) north to the George Parks Highway (AK-3) toward Willow. At approx. mile 71.8 of the Parks Highway, take a RIGHT onto Willow Fishhook Rd (aka Hatcher Pass Rd). Go 5.5 miles on Willow Fishhook Rd (approx. mile marker 43.25 of Willow Fishhook Rd) and then take a LEFT onto Shirley Towne Drive; go about 0.2 miles and you will have arrived.
*See Google maps here
*There will be signage at the turnoff from Parks Highway onto Willow Fishhook Rd, and at the Shirley Towne Drive turnoff.
*Parking is limited at the start, so please carpool if at all possible. Cars may be left at the start to retrieve when you finish. If you don't have a ride back to your car from the finish, let us know so we can arrange a ride for you.
*There will be two honey buckets at the start line which should be stocked with paper and hand sanitizer, but one can never be too prepared.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE (July 7, 2018)
Bib Pickup and Day-of-race sign-up: 6 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Race day sign-up & bib pickup starts at 6 a.m.
Please bring check or cash for day-of-race sign-up ($80 for marathon; $160 for relay team).
Drop Bags and post-race food:
--Bring a *small drop bag for the finish line (it's usually windy and chilly at the top) and we will make sure it's waiting for you when you finish. (*We used to say "reasonably sized," but amended to clarify that a huge backpack or big duffel bag is too much--we need to fit everyone's drop bags into an already packed car.
--If you want to bring any food to share after the race, you can drop this off at the start as well.
Early Start: 7:00 a.m.
If you don't think you will be able to complete the race in 6 hours, we encourage you to do the early start.
Due to logistics, relay teams will NOT be able to participate in the early start. When you check-in, just let us know you will be doing the early start and we will mark you down as such.
Start time: 9 a.m.
Someone will yell, "go" at 9 a.m....ish. (Don't lollygag, but we'll try not to leave anyone hanging in the line for the honey bucket.)
Finish line: There will be food + potluck at the finish (you're not required to bring any food for the finish line, but feel free to bring your favorite dish or a snack to share). PLEASE NOTE: There is a $5 parking fee at the finish line if you do not have an Alaska State Parks permit sticker.
Awards: Awards will be around 3-3:30 p.m. Awards for top-3 men, top-3 women, and top-3 relay teams. Immediately following the top-3 awards, there will also be prize drawings from our sponsors--you must be present to win!
Getting back to your car: There are always plenty of runners and volunteers willing to give someone a ride back down the mountain. If you need a ride, let us know in advance, or let us know when you finish the race.