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Mayors Marathon

Anchorage, AK

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, June 17, 2017
2016: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 49° F (9°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.26
Course Score: 98.26

Race Size

2016: 675 Finishers
2015: 777 Finishers
2014: 852 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 5.8%
2015: 6.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Mayor's Marathon course begins at Bartlett High School and travels through the eastern foothills and across Anchorage to the West High School finish line. City bike trails, gravel, rocky, and paved roadways make up this rolling to extended downhill course.

Marathon Rankings

The Mayors Marathon was the 115th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 107th largest in 2015.

Last year 5.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Mayors Marathon the 363rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 326th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.26 ranks it as the 278th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Alaska.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mayors Marathon a PR Score of 98.26. This PR Score ranks it as the 230th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Alaska.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 553 feet (168m)
Min Elevation: 4 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Mayors Marathon

4 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2012 Mayors Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


It is a very secluded, so there is not many spectators other than the aid/relay exchange stations. Having the half marathoners start an hour later than the full keep you from having to run through walkers at the finish, although everyone was walking up that hill.

Race Tips

The course is not easy. Miles ~7-14 are uphill on something they call a tank road. It is rough gravel (jagged 1-2 inch rocks). Hard to a spot that was well packed, so it beats up your feet pretty good. This is followed by a mile on a dirt, single track. When reach pavement again SLOW DOWN! Mile 16 is a steep downhill and you will burn out your quads if you let you go too hard. It is pretty flat the rest of the on the bike path until mile 26. At the point you merge with the half marathoners (who start an hour later) to join in the misery of an ungodly 100 foot ascent before running across a parking lot an finishing on the track.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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