Big Wildlife Marathon, Half, 49K, 5K
Created to celebrate the 49th state, this ultra features the ultimate mix of Anchorage: stunning views along Turnagain Arm; vistas of distant downtown Anchorage; sweeping views of the front range of Chugach State Park; shaded trails through inland woods; and a start and finish in downtown. While mostly flat, we’ve included a few good hills, just so you’ll remember you’re in Alaska. The 2021 49K is a RRCA Western Regional Championship Event.Half Marathon
Currently our most popular event, the Half begins in downtown Anchorage and quickly joins the Coastal Trail. Its out and back course traces the edge of beautiful Westchester Lagoon, then heads further inland along the Chester Creek Trail, a wooded, shady route, to its easternmost turnaround. The return again follows the creek, though this time, heading blissfully downwards to the ocean and the finish in downtown Anchorage.
Our Marathon, Marathon Walk, and Marathon Relay USATF certified course has a few rolling hills and great views of the Aleutian Range, the Alaska Range, and the Chugach Mountains. Throw in a possible encounter with a moose or bear and you’ll depart with the full Alaska experience! This marathon is also a Boston Marathon qualifier.