Juneau Marathon & Half Marathon
Saturday, July 25th, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska
formerly known as the Frank Maier Marathon & Douglas Island Half Marathon
For questions concerning the Juneau Marathon please contact: Race Director Houston Laws: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
Click for on-line registration! Marathon - $65, Half Marathon - $35
At bib pickup: Marathon - $65, Half Marathon - $35
Race Day: Marathon- $75, Half Marathon - $45
Bib Pick-up for 2019
The first bib pickup will be on Thursday, July 23rd, from 4:30 PM. to 6:00 PM. at Nugget Alaskan Outfitters in the Mendenhall Mall. The second pickup will be held the following evening (Friday, July 24th) in the Gallery at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC) building at the corner of Egan Drive and Whittier Street in downtown Juneau, from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
Marathon Course Map
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
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)
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.
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
Ferry into/out of Juneau
City and Borough of Juneau
Convention and visitors bureau
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.
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)