36th Crow Pass Crossing

Race date of July 2021 to be determined


***UPDATE ON June 2: The 2020 race is CANCELED because race organizers were unable to secure all the required permits.


Alaskan 22.5-mile backcountry footrace from Girdwood to Eagle River



June 2, 2020 — Healthy Futures is disappointed to announce that the 2020 race scheduled for July 18 is canceled. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to secure all of the permits required to hold the event.

Healthy Futures believes our comprehensive mitigation plan would have kept racers, volunteers and officials safe and we feel that these types of events — small races in the backcountry with spread-out runners and few volunteers  — can safely be held during this pandemic.

We look forward to the 36th Crow Pass Crossing in July 2021 and thank all Crow Pass runners, volunteers, sponsors and other supporters for their understanding and continued support.

-Matias Saari & Harlow Robinson, co-directors


Congrats to 2019 Crow Pass Crossing champions Christy Marvin and Scott Patterson and all the participants, plus our sponsors, volunteers, permitting agencies and organizers 

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.





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.