LOTTERY REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1, 2020!
A REGISTRATION LOTTERY will be instituted for the 36th Crow Pass Crossing in 2020.
Why? Because interest in the event has increased dramatically in recent years — registration filled in just 8 minutes in 2019. And because we wanted a more equitable system that didn’t only reward those who were able to sign up immediately when registration opened. The details:
– Registration will open at Ultrasignup (link on this website’s home page) on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9 A.M. Alaska time.
– Lottery registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.
– Lottery winners will be announced on May 7. All others will be placed on a waitlist, which will remain open for anyone to join.
– Those who sign up for the lottery without a valid qualifier (be specific when listing your qualifier on the application) will be contacted and removed if necessary before the lottery is conducted. Anyone removed can sign up for the waitlist; however, to be admitted they must have achieved an acceptable qualifier if and when invited off the waitlist.
– There is no charge to enter the lottery and your credit card will only be charged if you win the lottery. There is also no charge to join the waitlist and you will only be charged if you are invited and accept.
– See below for lottery auto-entry stipulations and entry requirements.
LOTTERY AUTO-ENTRY STIPULATIONS
Provided they have an approved qualifier, the following will bypass the lottery and automatically receive entry to the 2020 Crow Pass Crossing. Entry fees still apply and AUTO-ENTRANTS MUST STILL REGISTER BETWEEN MAY 1-5.
– Top 5 male and female finishers from 2018 and 2019
– 2019 age group winners (free entry)
– Past champions
– Veterans of 15+ Crow Pass races
– Select 2019 volunteers (sweepers, checkpoint workers and others as determined by race director)
– 2019 Sponsors (one for each)
– Anyone who has completed 5+ hours of trail work between May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020 (submit explanation and/or proof)
– Race Director discretion (performance-based or for extenuating circumstances)
REGISTRATION, WAIT LIST & COMPLIMENTARY ENTRIES
– Race entry is $75 (this includes the registration fee).
– Lottery registration opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 1 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 (see details above).
– 145 spots will be filled in the lottery (race capacity is 150).
– A waitlist for lottery losers and others will open May 7 and waitlisters will be offered entry as spots become available.
– 5 or more spots may be filled by the race director for sponsors, volunteers, elite racers or others.
– Bibs that are unclaimed at bib pickup on July 17 may be redistributed to members of the waitlist in the order that they were wait listed. If the race is not full, walk-up entry will also be accepted at bib pickup.
– Age group winners (29 & Under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69) will receive free entry the following year provided they sign up before capacity is reached.
– Entrants who decide not to race should notify the race director as early as possible so that a waitlister can gain entry.
– No refunds are given (Healthy Futures is a nonprofit and the event is a fundraiser)
To be admitted as a 2020 Crow Pass entrant, you must have achieved at least one of the following:
1) Completed a technical trail race (not a road race) in Alaska of 14 miles or longer since 2018 at a pace of 15 minutes per mile or faster. (If the Lost Lake Run is your qualifier, you must have finished in under 2:55; for the Matanuska Peak Challenge, under 5:45).
2) OR Completed the entire Crow Pass trail in less than 6 hours elapsed time (racing or training) since 2017.
3) OR Completed a comparable technical trail event outside of Alaska since 2018 (at a pace of 15 minutes per mile or faster) by emailing proof of your participation to the race director for potential approval.
– Our definition of a “technical trail race” is a course that for its majority includes rocks, roots and other obstacles and an average 100 feet of vertical gain per mile and an average 100 feet of descent per mile.
– If you are unsure whether your qualifier is valid, email race director Matias Saari.
– The race director reserves the right to reject an applicant even if they have met one of these standards.
– Entrants must be 18 years old on race day (16- and 17-year-olds with strong credentials may petition the race director; no one age 15 or younger will be considered)
2) Long-sleeved shirt
3) Long leg layer
4) Winter hat (no ballcaps)
6) Water container
7) Race bib
* Gear must be accessible
* Gear must be appropriate for the conditions
* Bear spray is recommended but not required
* Gear will be checked before the race start; a participant missing any mandatory gear is subject to disqualification.
– 60 minutes is cutoff for the Crow Pass Checkpoint, which is 3.5 miles and about 2,200 feet of vertical gain from the start. Anyone who misses the cutoff will be asked to give up their bib number and return to the trailhead. If a runner continues along the trail, he or she may be barred from future Crow Pass races.
– 6 hours is the finish line cutoff. Anyone who finishes beyond 6 hours will be omitted from the official results.
-There is also a checkpoint at the Eagle River Ford Site. That location has no time cut-off but participants must cross at the designated site and be checked off by volunteers there.
– There are no official aid stations. Racers must be self-sufficient.
– Racers ARE ALLOWED to receive aid (food, drink or medical) from spectators or others along the course.
– Aid may not be stashed for retrieval on race day.
There are none. However, there is a main trail that racers are expected to follow.
– $500 will be paid to any man or women who breaks the course record (if more than one person breaks the record, only the winner earns $500). The current course records are Geoff Roes’ 2:54:44 (from 2010) and Nancy Pease’s 3:26:20 (from 1990).
– All 2020 age-group winners earn free entry for 2021. The age groups are 29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-69.
– Awards will be given for the top 5 overall and top 3 in each age group.
– The awards ceremony will start at 3 p.m. on race day at the Eagle River Nature Center.
STAY ON TRAIL POLICY
The Crow Pass Crossing has for 35 years followed an unmarked trail, which is part of its charm and challenge. That will not change under Healthy Futures’ directorship. We believe that those who scout the trail and train on it deserve the reward of learning routes that may save them a few seconds as well as keep them from losing the trail. However, some participants have taken liberties with their route choices, so we feel the need to lay some basic ground rules. Essentially our only rule is that runners must be on an established trail at all times. This doesn’t have to be the main trail, but it does need to be a clearly defined existing trail. This isn’t just our requirement: our permits with the US Forest Service and Chugach State Park stipulate that runners stay on trail. That means they can not go off trail over tundra, cut switchbacks, bushwhack through the forest, follow old trails that authorities have attempted to block off, go swimming to regain a trail they have intentionally shortened, create new trails or run on river bars. Running on off-trail river bars has perhaps been the most common transgression. We are not seeking to disqualify or penalize anyone, but we also want a fair race where runners more or less follow a similar trail. Therefore, all we require is that runners stay on a trail, and not blatantly diverge from trails because it’s fun or they seek to gain an advantage.
– Healthy Futures took over Crow Pass Crossing directorship from the University of Alaska Anchorage running program in 2018.
– Healthy Futures is dedicated to empowering Alaska’s youth to build the daily habit of physical activity; it is the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
– Race proceeds will help fund Healthy Futures’ programs.
– Learn more about Healthy Futures at healthyfuturesak.org. Learn more about the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame at alaskasportshall.org
– $5 of every race entry is donated to the Eagle River Nature Center (https://www.ernc.org/).