Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Crow Pass Crossing

Girdwood/Eagle River , AK 22.6 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. Jul 28, 2018


Due to high demand and fairness (the 2019 race filled in 8 minutes), a registration lottery will be instituted for the 36TH CROW PASS CROSSING in 2020.
—Registration will open here on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9 A.M. Alaska time. Click the green "Register" button above!
—Lottery registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.
—Lottery winners will be announced on May 7. All others will be placed on a waitlist, which will remain open for anyone to join.
—Those who sign up for the lottery without a valid qualifier (be specific when listing your qualifier on the application) will be contacted and removed if necessary before the lottery is conducted. Anyone removed can sign up for the waitlist; however, to be admitted they must have achieved an acceptable qualifier if and when invited off the waitlist.
—There is no charge to enter the lottery and your credit card will only be charged if you win the lottery. There is also no charge to join the waitlist and you will only be charged if you are invited and accept.
—See below for lottery auto-entry stipulations and entry requirements.


Provided they have an approved qualifier, the following will bypass the lottery and automatically receive entry to the 2020 Crow Pass Crossing (entry fees still apply):
— Top 5 male and female finishers from 2018 and 2019
— 2019 age group winners (free entry)
— Past champions
— Veterans of 15+ Crow Pass races
— Select volunteers (sweepers, checkpoint workers and others as determined by race director)
— Sponsors (one for each)
— Anyone who has completed 5+ hours of trailwork between May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020 (submit explanation and/or proof)
— Race Director discretion (performance-based or for extenuating circumstances)


To be admitted as a 2020 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 since 2018 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 2017.
3) OR Completed a comparable technical trail event outside of Alaska since 2018 (at a pace of 15 minutes per mile or faster) by emailing proof of your participation to the race director for potential approval.
—If you are unsure whether your qualifier is valid, email race director Matias Saari.
—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; no one age 15 or younger will be considered)


1) windjacket
2) long-sleeved shirt
3) long leg layer
4) winter hat (no ballcaps) or Buff
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.
* A participant found to be missing any mandatory gear is subject to disqualification.
* Mandatory gear WILL be checked by an official on race morning.


— The course starts at the Crow Pass Trailhead near Girdwood and follows extremely technical singletrack trail — plus a lengthy and frigid crossing of the Eagle River halfway — before ending 22.6 miles later at the Eagle River Nature Center.
— The Crow Pass Crossing is a dangerous event with many hazards. Familiarity with the trail is vital and training on the course before race day is highly recommended.
— THE COURSE IS UNMARKED. However, there is a main trail that runners are expected to follow.
— See the photos above for a course profile with mileages as well as topographic maps of the 1st and 2nd halves of the course.
— The race starts in the Chugach National Forest while most of the course is in Chugach State Park. The final 3 miles are managed by the Eagle River Nature Center.
— For a detailed course description, visit


— 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 will be asked to give up their bib number and return to the trailhead. If a runner continues along the trail, he or she 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 be checked off by volunteers there.


— Friday, May 1, 2020, 9 a.m. - Lottery Registration Opens
— Tuesday, May 5, 11:59 p.m. - Lottery Registration Closes
— Thursday, May 7 - Lottery Winners and Wait Listers Announced
— Friday, July 17, 5-6:30 p.m. - MANDATORY Bib Pickup (Chain Reaction Cycles, 1148 Huffman Rd., Anchorage)
— Friday, July 17, 6:30-6:45 - Redistribution of unclaimed bibs to wait list members (Chain Reaction)
— Friday, July 17, 6:45-7:30 p.m. - Safety and Informational Meeting (MANDATORY for race rookies, optional but recommended for race veterans)
— Saturday, July 18, 7:30-8:45 a.m. - Pre-race Check-in and mandatory gear check
— Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. - RACE START, Crow Pass Trailhead
— Saturday, July 18, 3 p.m. - Awards Ceremony, Eagle River Nature Center


— There are no official aid stations. Racers must be self-sufficient.
— Racers are allowed to receive aid from spectators along the course.
— Aid may not be stashed for retrieval on race day.


— Race entry is $75 (this includes the registration fee).
— Lottery registration opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 1 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 (see details above).
—145 spots will be filled in the lottery (race capacity is 150).
— A waitlist for lottery losers and others will open May 7 and waitlisters will be offered entry as spots become available.
— 5 or more spots may be filled by the race director for sponsors, volunteers, elite racers or others.
— Bibs that are unclaimed at bib pickup on July 17 may be redistributed to members of the waitlist in the order that they were wait listed.
— Age group winners (29 & Under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69) will receive free entry the following year provided they sign up before capacity is reached.
— Entrants who decide not to race should notify the race director as early as possible so that a waitlister can gain entry.
— No refunds are given (Healthy Futures is a nonprofit and the event is a fundraiser)


— $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 2020 age-group winners earn free entry for 2021. The age groups are 29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-69.
— Awards will be given for overall podium (top 5) and age-group podium (top 3).
— The awards ceremony will start at 3 p.m. on race day at the Eagle River Nature Center.


— 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 Learn more about the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame at
— $5 of every race entry is donated to the Eagle River Nature Center (


1) Crow Pass Crossing logo (by Amber McDonough)
2) Trail carnage (Matt Hage/
3) A runner navigates shale on the 7-mile descent from the actual Crow Pass in 2011 (Matt Hage/
4) Adidas Swoop carnage (Matt Hage/
5) Geoff Roes watches the trail — and not the Raven Glacier — with Matias Saari in pursuit in 2011. Roes still holds the record of 2:54:44 from 2010. (Matt Hage/
6) Crow Pass Trail Profile with landmarks and mileages (National Geographic Trails Illustrated map)
7, and Banner Photo) Adam Baxter and Joshua Meals pass the zoom-lens enhanced Raven Glacier (Matt Hage/
8) Crow Pass map, 1st half (National Geographic Trails Illustrated topographic map)
9) Crow Pass map, 2nd half (National Geographic Trails Illustrated topographic map)


— For 2019 and 2018 results and splits, visit
— For full archived results and race statistics from 1984-2019, visit


Volunteers are needed! If interested, contact race director Matias Saari at or 907-529-4178.


For more information, email race director Matias Saari at or call 907-529-4178.

Local time: 11:44 AM


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