Frequently Asked Questions

(last updated 7.17.2022)

AID STATIONS

Q. Where are the aid stations located?
A.
Aid Stations are located on all interactive maps located in course descriptions.

Q. What is available at the aid stations?
A. All aid stations will have water and Gatorade. Some stations may have Gu. A complete list can be found on the interactive maps located in course descriptons.

Q. What if I am injured between aid stations?
A. The race provides mobile medics for runners who are injured and cannot make it to the next aid station. Medics will patrol sections of the trail to look for runners who need assistance. If you find yourself injured and unable to make it to the next aid station, have another runner report your location and the nature of your injury at the next aid station. The nearest mobile medic will be dispatched by radio to your location and arrange transportation for you. There will be Medics at every aid station.

Q. What type of food will be available at the finish line?
A. We will be providing snacks for runners at the finish. Check back closer to race day for details.

AWARDS

Q. What awards are given out?
A. Stay tuned for information about the 2023 awards! 

BIB PICKUP

Q. When and where can I pick up my bib and race packet?
A. See the Bib Pickup page for specific bib and race packet information.

Q. Can I pick up my bib on race day?
A. There will be no pickup on race day. If you cannot personally attend bib pickup, you may have someone else pick it up for you at Bib Pickup. If you need special accommodations please contact our administrator at info@anchoragemayorsmarathon.com

Q. Can I pick up a bib for someone else?
A. A friend or relative may pick up your bib for you or vice versa. Everyone picking up a bib must show their identification. If you pick up for someone else, please make sure they are aware of you doing so. AND please make sure they receive their bib before start time (you laugh.....but it happens :) )

Q. Is a t-shirt included with registration? 
A. A t-shirt will be part of your bib pickup prior to the race. Finisher medals will be distributed immediately after crossing the finish line on race day. Race organizers are unable to mail t-shirts or medals to registrants before or after the event, so please ensure you pick them up at bib pick up or on site at the finish.

FUTURE RACES

Q. What is the date of next year's race?
A. The Anchorage Mayor's Marathon and Half Marathon is typically held on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. Future dates include:
June 22, 2024 (50th Anniversary)
June 21, 2025
June 20, 2026
Please watch the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon and Half-Marathon website for updates.

HEADPHONES

Q. Are MP3/IPOD style players allowed? 
A. Headphones are highly discouraged for the safety of all participants. Safety First!

LODGING

Q. Where can I find hotel info? 
A. Please visit the Stay Awhile page.

PARKING

Q. Where should I park?
A. Marathon/Half-Marathon Start: There is parking available at Kincaid for both participants and spectators. View Marathon start and parking map.
A. Solstice Classic Start/Finish & Marathon/Half-Marathon Finish: Parking is limited at the start and finish areas, which are just one block apart. We advise walking if possible. There are several parking lots in the surrounding area as well as the 6th Ave garage just six blocks northeast of the start and finish. If utilizing street parking, please be courteous and respectful to the neighborhood residence while parking. 

RACE START

Q. When do the races start?
A. Please see the Registration page to find start times.

Q. How do I get to the start? 
A. The Marathon and Half-Marathon will start at Kincaid Park, located approximately 4 miles south of downtown Anchorage. Shuttles will be available prior to the race from the Delaney Park Strip to Kincaid Park - 9401 W. Raspberry Road. See more at Parking, Transportation and Shuttles.

A. The Solstice Classic starts at the west end of the Delaney Park Strip, approximately one-half mile from downtown Anchorage. Plan to be at the start 30 minutes prior to start time. Access to downtown parking is ample and use of the downtown parking garage located on 6th avenue is recommended. Access on 9th and 10th avenues will be limited once the event begins.

A. The Kids Mile starts and finishes just outside of our Expo area at the same location as Bib Pickup. Remember, the Kids Mile is on the Thursday, prior to race day and starts at 7 pm. More can me found on the kids page of this website.

GEAR

Q. How can I get my personal items from the start line to the finish line?
A. Information regarding the transfer of racer equipment from the Marathon and Half-Marathon start can be found on the Gear Drop Page.

REGISTRATION CHANGES

Q. Can I change events?
A. We allow event changes online at Edit my Registration or in person at Bib Pickup! No event changes will be allowed on race day. If you are changing to a longer event (e.g., from half-marathon to the marathon) there will be a price difference in the entry fees at the time of changing. We are unable to process refunds if you change to a shorter event or cancel your registration. Step by step instructions can be found under the registration menu of this website. 

Q. Can you fix a typo in my registration?
A. For typographic corrections please request a change at info@anchoragemayorsmarathon.com

TRANSPORTATION / SHUTTLES

Q. Can my family ride on the shuttle?
A. Runners are given priority on all shuttles. Spectators can use the shuttles as long as there is available space. The shuttle buses that head to the start before the event may be full with racers. Racers have priority. See more at Parking, Transportation and Shuttles.

TIMING & TRACKING 

Q. What type of timing system is used?
A. Since 1998, the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon and Half-Marathon (formerly the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon) has utilized a chip-style timing system. Runners will be issued a timing chip that is located on their bib. Please do not fold or crunch your bib. An antenna at the finish line will sense your chip as you cross the finish mat and assign you a finish time. Runners need to make sure that they are wearing the bib. Any runner who forgets to wear their bib or damages the chip on the bib will not receive a finish time. There will be timing mats at several locations, including relay exchanges.

Q. How will I find out my official time?
A. R
esults will be updated on this website throughout the day beginning at approximately 11:30 am on race day (Alaska Daylight Time). For timing corrections, please send your protest/requests to timing@skinnyraven.com

STROLLERS

Q. Is the use of strollers allowed? 
A. Strollers are highly discouraged for the safety of all participants. Safety First! If you must, all strollers need to go in the back of the group you are participating in. No double strollers please. Individuals in strollers are NOT participants.

WALKERS & TIME LIMITS

Q. Are walkers welcome?
A. Yes. Many participants walk. Walkers must line up behind all runners at the start area. There is not a separate start time for walkers. 

Q. Are there any time limitations?
A. All participants must finish by 3:00 pm.

Q. Is there a sag wagon?
A. Yes. A sag wagon will be available for all registered marathon participants who cannot complete the race beginning at mile 15. Participants can be picked up at any aid station after mile 15.

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