Race
Dates

 

Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. — REGISTRATION OPENS here:
https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=61527

Friday, July 19, 5:00-6:30 p.m. — MANDATORY bib pickup (Chain Reaction Cycles, 1148 Huffman Rd., Anchorage)

Friday, July 19, 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 20, 7:30-8:45 a.m. — Pre-race Check-in (Crow Pass Trailhead)

Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. — RACE START (Two hours later than previously!)

Saturday, July 20, 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 at least 14 miles since 2017 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 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 2017 (at a pace of 15 minutes per mile or faster) 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 (16- and 17-year-olds with strong credentials 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
* 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.

CUTOFFS

— 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 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.

COURSE MARKINGS

There are none. However, there is a main trail that racers must follow.

REGISTRATION, WAIT LIST & COMPLIMENTARY ENTRIES

– Race entry is $75 (this includes the registration fee).
Registration opens at 9 a.m. AK time on Wednesday, May 1 and will remain open until 145 spots have been filled with valid qualifiers (race capacity is 150). Registration is expected to fill extremely quickly. 
– Register herehttps://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=61527
– Once capacity is reached, registrants will be placed on a wait list and offered entry as spots become available. There is no charge to be on the wait list. Your credit card will only be charged if you are invited to enter and accept.
– If your qualifier is rejected or you have no valid qualifier, you may join the wait list and gain entry if your name is called and you have achieved a valid qualifier before race day.
– 5 or more spots may be filled by the race director for sponsors, volunteers, elite racers, 2018 age group winners or other reasons.
– Bibs not claimed at bib pickup by 6:30 p.m. July 19 will be redistributed to members of the wait list in the order that they were wait listed.
– Anyone who decides not to race should notify the race director so that their spot may be offered to a wait lister. There are no refunds of entry fees. (Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Healthy Futures)
– 2018 age group winners (18-29, 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.
– Other awards for overall podium (top 5) and age-group podium (top 3) 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 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

— Healthy Futures began directing the Crow Pass Crossing in 2018. The University of Alaska Anchorage running program directed it prior to then.

— 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

VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEERS are needed! If interested, contact Race Director Matias Saari, 907-529-4178, matias@healthyfuturesak.org