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


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 14 miles or longer in the required time since 2017. (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 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 (younger hopefuls may petition the race director)


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 (no duct-taping it irretrievably around your waist!).
* Gear must be appropriate for the conditions (no Tyvek painters' suits!)
* Bear spray is recommended but optional
* 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.
-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.


Friday, July 19, 5-6:30 p.m. - MANDATORY Bib Pickup (Chain Reaction Cycles, 1148 Huffman Rd., Anchorage)
Friday, July 19, 6:30-6:45 - Redistribution of unclaimed bibs to wait list members (Chain Reaction)
Friday, July 19, 6:45-7:30 p.m. Safety and Informational Meeting, MANDATORY for race rookies, optional for race veterans (Chain Reaction)
Saturday, July 20, 7:30-8:45 a.m. - Pre-race Check-in and mandatory gear check
Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. - RACE START, Crow Pass Trailhead
Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m. - Awards Ceremony, Eagle River Nature Center


There are none. Racers must be self-sufficient.


- 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 (race capacity is 150).
- Entrants thereafter will be placed on a wait list and will be offered entry as spots become available due to scratches.
- 5 or more spots may be filled by the race director for sponsors, volunteers, elite racers, 2018 age group winners or other reasons.
- Bibs that are unclaimed at the safety meeting and bib pickup on July 19 will be redistributed to members of the wait list in the order that they were wait listed.
- Age group winners (20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69) will receive free entry the following year provided they sign up before capacity is reached.


- $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 2019 age-group winners earn free entry for 2020.
- Other awards for overall Top 5 podium and Top 3 age-group podium winners To Be Determined.
- 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 goes 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. Roes won this day in 2011 and 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 more information, email race director Matias Saari at or call 907-529-4178.

Local time: 1:12 PM


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