Frequently Asked Questions

(last updated 9.22.2021)


Q. Where are the aid stations located?
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. Snacks will be pre-packaged; we are unable to serve pre-cut snacks.

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.


Q. What awards are given out?
A. See Awards for complete details.


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.

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.

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 in-person registrants before or after the event, so please ensure you pick them up onsite.


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 17, 2023 (49th Anniversary for the 49th State!)
June 22, 2024 
June 21, 2025
June 20, 2026
Please watch the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon and Half-Marathon website for updates.


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


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


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. 5K 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. 


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 5K starts at the west end of the Delaney Park Strip, approximately one-half mile from downtown Anchorage. Plan to be at the start by 9 am. 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 Thursday, June 16th, and starts at 7 pm.


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.


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) you must pay the 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. In your correspondence, please list your full name as it is currently listed in your registration and detail the change you are requesting.

Q. Can you fix a typo in my registration?
A. For typographic corrections please request a change by visiting Contact Us.


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 are often too full to take spectators. See more at Parking, Transportation and Shuttles.


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


Q. Are  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.


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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