Juneau Marathon & Half Marathon - Virtual for 2020


Sunday, July 19th through Saturday, July 25th, 2020

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

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

On this page:
     Description, Amenities
     No 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 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. Please see the Boston Marathon site for information about qualifying for the 2021 Boston Marthon.


Finisher medal and premium cotton T-shirt.



Marathon - $20, Half Marathon - $15

Click the icon to register on our Race Roster page.


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)


​Virtual Race Days Sunday, July 19th through Saturday, July 25th, 2020


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 . The course will be marked through the race week.



Visitor Information

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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