39th Crow Pass Crossing
Saturday, July 20, 2024
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN at 9 a.m. on MAY 1, 2024 at Ultrasignup
Orzel Productions, Crow Pass 2013
Max Romey Productions, Crow Pass 2014
Crow Pass, an iconic Alaskan footrace
In 1984, the Crow Pass Crossing began as a “28”-mile adventure from above Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center.
Since then, the event has “shrunk” to its accurate length of about 22.5 miles. It has also grown in stature as an iconic Alaskan footrace replete with stunning mountain and glacier views (if you dare look up from the highly technical trail), sloping snowfields, chest-high brush, a crossing of the frigid and fast-moving Eagle River, wildlife including bears, bees and moose, and countless rocks and roots that make staying upright a constant challenge. And there are no course markers or aid stations.
Hikers typically require two or more days to traverse the trail. The fastest Crow Pass racers now take less than three hours, though anyone finishing in under six hours gains immense satisfaction and respect as a Crow Pass Crossing finisher.
Since 2018, Crow Pass has been organized as a fundraiser by the Anchorage nonprofit Healthy Futures (the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame). It was founded in 1984 by Tim Neale and Jay Caldwell and originally sponsored by Old Folks Sports. The University of Alaska Anchorage cross country and track program, under coach Michael Friess, directed Crow Pass for many years before passing it on to Healthy Futures under Matias Saari and Harlow Robinson’s leadership.
Interested in Sponsoring? Click HERE for the Sponsorship Levels.
Thanks also to logo designer Amber McDonough, website designer Jay Mullen, our timers at Lazy Mountain Foothills Running Club, and all the other volunteers that make this event possible.