Mount Marathon Race

Mount Marathon

Often referred to as the Marathon Mountain, this mountain is located directly in the west of Seward in the Kenai Mountains in Alaska.


Alaska is a state in the United States. It is located in the northern extreme of North America

The Race

Mount Marathon Race is held annually on the fourth day of July in Seward.


Over Eight hundred people on an average to be approximate accepts this thrilling race that runs to about a 3 mile distance up to Mount Marathon’s 3022 feet; while the ascent ends in less than a mile.

The history

The first race to this mountain could be traced back to have run sometime before the year of 1915.

Various dates have been giving evidences to different people , however not one to be exact of could be found.

The challenge

The challenge is to run from the down town to the top of the hill and back to the starting position in just less than an hour time.

An organised race

Mount Marathon was first run in the proper form of an organised race in the year of 1915.

The year of 2007 has witnessed the 80th race on this mountain.


This race is the second oldest footrace of Alaska. It was first honoured in the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in the year 2011.

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

This institute had its establishment in the year of 2006. This hall has been honouring successful Alaskan athletes, sportsmen, coaches, contributors , etc.  since its establishment.

Course of Race

The starting flag waves down town at Fourth and Adams, keeping the First National Bank of Alaska as it’s live witness and ends after the wondrous run in the south of it’s origin , at Fourth and Washington. This entire course is to be completed within a span of one hour only. However, the fastest runner within this limited span gets the winning medal.

Their lies a stone marker at the top of Mount Marathon at about 2974 feet above mean sea level, gracefully denoting the halfway point. This point is about a mile and a half away from the finishing line.


The leaders of the race have been seen to have recorded their uphill journey in a span of 30 to 33 minutes to a downhill journey in less than somewhere between 10 to 15 minutes.


Average uphill speed of the leaders to be approximate is nearly 2mph;

While the average downhill speed of the leaders are recorded to be an approximate of 12 mph.

Limited Entries

The environmental impact is given a special attention by the organisers of this event. Hence the entries are limited to some what 400 men and women leading to a total of 800 participants from world wide nations.


David Noris has recorded the span of 41 minutes and 26 seconds on the event of this race on 4th July 2016.

The record breaker is always in search.