2021 Changes Due to COVID-19 — help us have a safe race!
- 3 WAVES — There will be three waves of about 50 runners each (to spread out runners and to offset the parking challenges at the Crow Pass Trailhead). Runners will be seeded based on Ultrasignup rankings.
- DON’T LINGER TOO LONG AT THE FINISH! — There will be no awards party after the 6-hour cutoff at Eagle River Nature Center (we’ll have brief podium ceremonies instead). Finishers can take some time after completing their race to catch their breath, get food and drink and meet up with their ride — but should not stay for hours.
- FACE COVERING POLICY — Our face covering policy has been modified and masks are no longer required of volunteers or racers at the start and finish. We will have masks available for those who wish to wear one. Those who require medical treatment should wear a mask. Six feet of distancing is not required but participants should be respectful of others’ space.
- NO SHUTTLES — There will be no official shuttles in 2021. Racers must arrange their own transportation to the start and from the finish.
- DON’T ATTEND WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS — Racers are no longer required to complete a COVID-19 symptoms screening questionnaire. However, it is imperative that anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms does not participate. In those instances, racers will receive a deferral to 2022 or a full refund.
- NO INDOOR FACILITIES — No indoor facilities will be used. Bib pickup will be outdoors at Healthy Futures (the warehouse entrance around back). The Eagle River Nature Center will be closed to racers and porta-potties will be available instead of the ERNC’s restroom.
Safety Video mandatory for first-time racers
The following 22-minute video is required viewing for first-time racers; rookies will need to acknowledge in writing at bib pickup that they have watched the entire video. Race veterans are encouraged to watch the video.
This requirement is in lieu of the in-person safety meeting that we typically host the night before the race.
Parking is extremely tight at the Girdwood start and we will not be able to provide shuttles in 2022. The parking lot is of course open to the public, for which spots must remain available. It is the responsibility of the racers to arrange transportation to the Girdwood Trailhead and from the Eagle River Nature Center finish line. You can try to arrange a carpool by networking at bib pickup or by posting a message at our Facebook events page:
Please follow these guidelines:
– Carpool if possible with racers in your same wave
– Arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your wave starts. The trailhead takes about 20 minutes to reach from the start of Crow Creek Road, which is almost 6 miles long and in rough condition.
– If your shuttle driver is not a racer, have them drop your group off and then depart so they don’t fill a parking spot.
– Do not park on the narrow road just below the Girdwood parking lot. There are a handful of spots at a pullout near the lower bridge where parking is allowed.
– If the trailhead lot is full, a parking attendant may require that your group exit your shuttle vehicle at the lower bridge and travel to 1 mile to the trailhead on foot.
– At the Eagle River Nature Center, parking attendants will guide you to a spot in the main lot or one of the overflow lots.
Race Day Schedule on Saturday, July 24
- 8 a.m. — Race-day bib pickup starts for out-of-towners or those with extenuating circumstances
- 9 a.m. — Wave 1 starts (Top 40+ men)
- 9:30 a.m. — Wave 2 starts (All Women)
- 10:00 a.m. — Wave 3 starts (remaining men)
- 10:00/10:30/11:00 — Cutoff time at the Pass Checkpoint depending on wave
- 12 p.m. for men, 1 p.m. for women — First finishers expected
- 4 p.m. — Finish cutoff of 6 hours for Wave 3
*** There will be no official awards ceremony after six hours; instead there will be brief Top 5 podium ceremonies for men and women shortly after those racers have finished and results are confirmed.
REGISTRATION, WAIT LIST & COMPLIMENTARY ENTRIES
– Race entry is $75 (this includes the registration fee).
– Lottery registration opens at 9 a.m. on May 1, 2021 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2021 (see details above).
– 150 spots will be filled in the lottery (race capacity is 150).
– A waitlist for lottery losers and others will open on May 12 and waitlisters will be offered entry as spots become available.
– 5 or more additional spots may be filled by the race director for sponsors, volunteers, elite racers or others.
– 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 2021 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 2018.
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 (if it’s blowing and raining sideways, don’t bring a flimsy windjacket)
* 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 the 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 should give up their bib number and return to the trailhead. A racer than continues 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.
– Crow Pass is a remote trail with minimal support and racers have an ethic of personal responsibility for their safety. Take care of yourself and assist others in need.
– Potential rescues are difficult, if not impossible, to execute depending on location.
– The checkpoint crew at Crow Pass will have communication devices in case of emergency.
– 2-person Alaska Mountain Rescue Crews will be stationed at the following locations: shortly beyond the actual Crow Pass (mile 4-5 of the trail); on each side of the Eagle River crossing (they are positioned with throw ropes); in the Icicle Creek vicinity (about 5 miles from the finish). AMRG crews will be outfitted with radio and satellite texting devices in case of emergency.
– A two-person sweep crew will follow the back of Wave 3.
– Cell phone service along the trail is extremely limited and not to be relied upon.
– 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.
– Any man or women who breaks the course record will win $500 (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.
– There will be no group awards ceremony at the Eagle River Nature Center in 2021 due to the pandemic.
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/).