Juneau Marathon & Half Marathon


Saturday, July 25th, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska*

formerly known as the Frank Maier Marathon & Douglas Island Half Marathon

*Special Note:

The event organizers continue to monitor COVID-19 developments.

We still intend to conduct the race as planned.

At the same time, we realize that the future remains far from clear.

Many of you are traveling a long way to come here and run the event.

Given the logistics and financial commitments involved,

we won't wait until the last minute to make a "go - no go" decision on conducting the race.

We plan to do that by June 1.

For questions concerning the Juneau Marathon please contact: David Epstein at dave1013@gmail.com

On this page:
     Description, Amenities
     Bib Pick-up
     Race Course
     Race Day
     Visitor Information
     History and Records




This USATF-certified, out and back marathon and half marathon is run at sea level on the lightly traveled, two-lane Douglas Highway in Juneau, Alaska. The marathon is the RRCA State Championship Race. This race can also be used as a time qualifier for the Boston Marathon and equivalent. This moderately hilly course has been compared in difficulty to the Boston Marathon. The scenic course offers views of mountains, glaciers, forests, and the ocean. The start/finish is near the picnic shelter at Sandy Beach, in Douglas, which is about 4 miles away from cruise ship docks in Downtown Juneau.


Finisher medal and premium cotton T-shirt (on a first-come-first-serve basis), complete results, and, if you are lucky, an on-course photo for runners. We do try to photograph runners as they cross the finish line. There will also be a picnic afterwards featuring local salmon.



  • At bib pickup: Marathon - $65, Half Marathon - $35

       You can also register at either of the two bib pickup dates (see below).

  • Race Day: Marathon- $75, Half Marathon - $45

       You may also register the morning of the event at the starting point.

       We will be there at 6:00 AM.


Marathon Course Map


Course Profile

First Mile: Gently Uphill (gain 75 feet)

Mile 4: Short Hill (gain 75 feet, lose 75 feet)

Mile 9: Gentle Hills (gain 75 feet, lose 75 feet)

Mile 12.5: Steeper Hill (gain 150 feet)

Mile 13: Steeper Hill (gain 150 feet)

Mile 17: Gentle Hills (gain 75 feet, lose 75 feet)

Mile 22: Short Hill (gain 75 feet, lose 75 feet)

Miles 25.2-26: Gentle Downhill (lose 75 feet)

Half Marathon Course Map


Course Profile

First Mile: Gentle Uphill (gain 75 feet)

Mile 4 - Short Hill (gain 75 feet, lose 75 feet)

Mile 6.1 to Mile 9 - Short Hill (gain 75 feet, lose 75 feet)

Miles 12.2 to 13 - Gentle Downhill (lose 75 feet)



Race Day


The marathon and half marathon are located on Douglas Island, immediately west of Juneau. A short bridge accesses Douglas just north (about 0.5 mile) of downtown Juneau (shuttle info below). Each mile is marked and there are aid stations at (roughly) every 2.25 miles. GU energy gels will be available at aid stations along with water and sports drinks. The marathon and half marathon course is open, and supporting runners, until 12:00pm on race day. Event timing normally continues until all runners are off the course.


Early Full-Marathon Start Time: 7am (NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AWARDS)

Full-Marathon Start Time: 8 am

Half-Marathon Start Time: 9 am


A free BBQ is held at the Savikko Park shelter immediately following the races. The menu includes salmon grilled by Chef Felipe Ogoy, sides, and drinks. The shelter is adjacent to the start and finish area, and is also used for registration and packet pick up on race day.

The award ceremony will occur at the salmon BBQ, roughly at noon.



Visitor Information


Transportation from the Cruise Ship Terminal !

JTRR will be offering shuttle departing from the cruise terminal to the race start for the marathon and half marathon.

Here are some helpful links for those interested in visiting Juneau for the full marathon or the half marathon:


Flying into/out of Juneau

Alaska Airline

Delta Airline

Ferry into/out of Juneau

Alaska Marine Highway System



National Weather Service Juneau


City and Borough of Juneau

Information for Visitors to Juneau

Maps of Juneau and vicinity

Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau

Accommodations in Juneau

Convention and visitors bureau

Travel Juneau



History and Records


History of the race: The Juneau Parks and Recreation department sponsored marathons in Juneau from 1971 through 1988. Juneau architect and marathon enthusiast Frank Maier consistently participated in every marathon between 1980 and 1988. The current version of the Juneau Marathon began in 1992, about a year and half after a fishing accident claimed Frank Maier. As a tribute to Frank, the Southeast Road Runner Club named the Juneau marathon as "The Frank Maier Marathon", and is the sole organizer for this annual marathon event.

Lists of records for each Juneau Trail and Road Runner Race can be seen in "Top Performances" on our Races results pages.


Marathon Records


Women's Open----------------Shannon Gress, , Juneau, AK, 2:51:33 (2014)

Women's Masters------------Mary Hanna, 48, Maple Valley, WA, 3:25:04 (2010)

Women's Wheelchair-------Holly Koester, 48, Cleveland, OH, 3:27:17 (2008)

Men's Open---------------------Shawn Miller, 23, Juneau, AK, 2:31:30 (2003)

Men's Masters-----------------Scott Watts, 46, Auke Bay, AK, 2:44:44 (2012)

Men's Wheelchair------------Seth McBride, 24, Juneau, AK, 2:27:21 (2007)




Half Marathon Records


Women's Open------------------Merry Ellefson, 39, Juneau, AK, 1:25:19 (2001)

Women's Masters--------------Merry Ellefson, 45, Juneau, AK, 1:27:26 (2007)

Men's Open-----------------------Shawn Miller, 25, Juneau, AK, 1:09:33 (2005)

Men's Masters-------------------Guy Thibodeau, 42, Juneau, AK, 1:14:16 (1993)

Men's Wheelchair--------------Seth McBride, 23, Juneau, AK, 1:37:19 (2006)



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