Race Info

Friday, July 27, 5:00-6:30 p.m. — MANDATORY bib pickup (Chain Reaction Cycles, 1148 Huffman Rd., Anchorage)

Friday, July 27, 6:45-7:30 p.m. — Safety and Informational Meeting. MANDATORY for race rookies, optional, but encouraged, for race veterans (Chain Reaction Cycles)

Saturday, July 28, 7:30-8:45 a.m. — Pre-race Check-in (Crow Pass Trailhead)

Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. — RACE START (Two hours later than previously!)

Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m. — Awards Ceremony, Eagle River Nature Center

Entry Requirements         Mandatory Gear        Cutoffs              Registration        Awards        Healthy Futures        Contact

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted as a 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 in the required time since 2016. (If the Lost Lake Run is your qualifier, you must have finished in under 2:55; for Mat Peak, under 5:45).
2) OR Completed the entire Crow Pass trail in less than 6 hours (racing or training) since 2016.
3) OR Completed a comparable technical trail event outside of Alaska since 2016 by emailing proof of your participation to the race director for potential approval.

-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 (younger hopefuls may petition the race director)

Mandatory Gear

1) windjacket
2) long-sleeved shirt
3) long leg layer
4) winter hat (no ballcaps)
5) gloves
6) water container
7) race bib
* Gear must be accessible (no duct-taping it irretrievably around your waist!).
* Gear must be appropriate for the conditions (no Tyvek painters’ suits!)
* Bear spray is recommended but optional
* Gear will be checked before the race start; a participant missing any mandatory gear is subject to disqualification.

CUTOFFS

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 must return to the trailhead; a runner who 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 receive a wristband as proof of crossing there.

AID STATIONS

There are none. Racers must be self-sufficient.

REGISTRATION, WAIT LIST & COMPLIMENTARY ENTRIES

– Race entry is $75 (this includes the registration fee).
– Registration opens at 9 a.m. AK time on Tuesday, May 1 and will remain open until 145 spots have been filled (race capacity is 150).
– Registrants thereafter will be placed on a wait list and offered entry as spots become available.
– 5 or more spots may be filled by the race director for sponsors, volunteers, elite racers, 2016 age group winners or other reasons.
– Bibs not claimed at bib pickup by 6:30 p.m. July 27 WILL be redistributed to members of the wait list in the order that they were wait listed.
– 2016 age group winners (19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69) will receive free entry provided they sign up before capacity is reached.

AWARDS

– $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 the $500). The current course records are Geoff Roes’ 2:54:44 (from 2010) and Nancy Pease’s 3:26:20 (from 1990).
– All 2018 age-group winners earn free entry for 2019. (The two youngest age groups are being merged to 29 & under).
– Other awards for overall Top 3 podium and age-group podium winners To Be Determined.
– 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 34 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

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 be used for 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 goes to the Eagle River Nature Center (https://www.ernc.org/).

CONTACT

Race Director Matias Saari, 907-529-4178, matias@healthyfuturesak.org