Moose's Tooth Marathon
Sunday, August 17, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
The marathon attracts local Anchorage runners as well as those from out of state; Many of the 450 registrants in 2013 belonged to the Fifty States Marathon Club or the Marathon Maniacs. 382 individuals completed the course.
The 26.2 mile course begins in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Runners wind through downtown streets and then head out onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail at 2nd Avenue. They run past Westchester Lagoon, Earthquake Park, Postmark Drive and Point Woronzof. Runners turn around at a point known by locals as “the Blue Bridge.” They run back north to Westchester Lagoon where they veer right (east) on the Chester Creek Trail. From the Chester Creek turnaround at Goose Lake, runners return to the lagoon and head back to the finish line in downtown Anchorage. The course is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier.
***Marathon and Half Marathon Course Detour
The bridge is out, but we’re still running!
Due to the Westchester bridge collapse earlier this summer, the BWLR race course has been diverted to avoid the void in the trail. Racers will make a sharp left turn just before the downed bridge as they exit the tunnel and make their way through the Westchester neighborhood across 13th Avenue and down U Street. Runners will rejoin the trail at Westchester Lagoon with Marathoners and 49k runners taking a right and half marathoners heading left to the Chester Creek Greenbelt. The turnaround point for marathoners on the Chester Creek portion of the course has altered a bit. It will now be about 95 yards north of the Goose Lake parking lot. The Marathon course is certified and will remain a Boston Marathon qualifier.
The marathon field is limited to the first 500 entrants.
The marathon starts and finishes at the intersection of 6th Avenue and F Street adjacent to Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage. Start time is 9:00 AM.
The course closes at 3:30 PM. Runners must cross the finish line at 3:30 PM to be considered an official finishers. Runners must reach Valley of the Moon Park aid station at mile 23 by 2:30. Transportation from Valley of the Moon Park back to the start/finish area will be provided.
Participants who register for the marathon but need more time to finish than the allotted 6 ½ hours, may start early with the walkers. However, if they finish in less than 6 ½ hours they will not be ranked nor be eligible for awards.
- Long-sleeved technical shirt
- Finisher's medal
- Professional timing
- Food and beverage at the finish line
Awards are given to the top three over-all male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female finishers in each 5 year age group. Awards will be distributed in Town Square Park. The first place male and female marathon finishers will each win a round trip travel certificate on Alaska Airlines. All awards are based on gun times -- the time elapsed from the sound of the start gun to when a runner crosses the timing mat at the finish line.
All aid stations will have water and Gatorade®. The event does not provide food at any of the aid stations; this is a "BYOGu" event, so be sure to pack some with you if needed. Aid stations are located approximately every 2 miles. For exact locations, please see the marathon course map.
Two medical tents will be available to runners, one at the start/finish and one at Westchester Lagoon. Medical personnel will patrol the entire course and provide medical support as well as transportation for injured runners.
Race Tip: Write your full name, age and emergency contact person and phone number on the back of your bib. This is vital information for medical personnel if you should become disoriented or incapacitated. It’s also a good idea to include any drug allergies or relevant medical conditions.
Broken Tooth Brewing will provide a beer garden in Town Square Park exclusively for runners 21 and over. Those planning to partake in this well-deserved post-race treat must have a valid ID card on their person as well as their race bib. No one, no matter how old you are, will be admitted to the beer garden without proper ID.
Post Race Showers
The Hotel Captain Cook has invited runners to shower at the athletic club after the race. The club is located on the lower level of the Hotel, just show your bib at the desk. 939 W. 5th Avenue.