Frosty Bottom Marathon & Half Marathon
The Frosty Bottom running race returned in 2018 after a one-year hiatus and for the first time was extended to the marathon distance!
Held simultaneously with the Frosty Bottom bike race, but with some separate elements of organization, the Frosty Bottom MARATHON travels point-to-point from Kincaid Park to the Hillside Trailhead (adjacent Abbott Road) and is capped at 100 entrants.
In 2020, The Frosty Bottom HALF MARATHON is being added. It travels point-to-point from Kincaid Park to the Northern Lights Bridge (near Goose Lake Park) and is capped at 100 entrants.
The MARATHON course will be simplified in 2020 by eliminating the two add-on loops of the previous two years in Bicentennial Park.
It starts 1/4-mile down the hill from the Kincaid Chalet (same as the bike race) and then follows the Raspberry Road multi-use path to Raspberry Trailhead. From there, runners take the Middle Earth singletrack trail to where it intersects the Coastal Trail a mile from Kincaid Chalet. Then it follows the bike course on the Coastal Trail, Chester Creek Trail, Tour of Anchorage trail and Hillside multi-use trail to the finish at Hillside Trailhead adjacent to Abbott Road (this is a NEW finish line; it ended in recent years at Hilltop Ski Area). The marathon course includes 1,371 feet of elevation gain and according to GPS measures 26.08 miles.
A race map and course profile will be posted at this web page.
The HALF MARATHON course starts 1/4-mile down the hill from Kincaid Chalet and takes the Coastal Trail about 9 miles. Then it turns right (east) on the Chester Creek Trail about 4 miles to the finish just across the Northern Lights Bridge. A short access trail then leads to the Goose Lake Park parking lot.
This distance according to GPS measures 13.12 miles and includes 281 feet of elevation gain. A race map and course profile will be posted at this web page.
For the MARATHON, the Raspberry Road multi-use and Middle Earth singletrack will have signs and pin flags as needed. Once the course joins the coastal trails, runners will follow bike race markings the rest of the way.
The HALF MARATHON runners will follow bike race markings the entire distance.
The MARATHON will have aid stations at Airport Park off E. Northern Lights Blvd. at mile 10.7, at the Northern Lights Bridge (near Goose Lake Park) at mile 17.5 and at the Hillside Trailhead finish line.
The HALF MARATHON will have an aid station at Mile 6.5 at Airport Park off E. Northern Lights Blvd. and at the Northern Lights Bridge finish line. (near Goose Lake Park).
All aid stations will have water, sports drink and sustenance (sugary and salty snacks).
Water will be available at Kincaid Chalet before the start.
This is a winter race! Be prepared for inclement weather, sub-zero temperatures and wind (particularly on the Coastal Trail).
Dress in layers appropriate for the conditions. Recommended items include a windbreaker, neck gaiter (Buff), chemical hand and foot warmers, and a water bottle or Camelbak (test your hydration system in the cold to make sure it doesn't freeze up).
Runners in both races should give right-of-way to bikers who are traveling much faster than foot travelers, as well as recreational skijorers, skiers and other trail users.
Be alert for wildlife, particularly moose, and consider carrying bear spray. Buddy up and bushwhack around wildlife if necessary.
Headphones are allowed but not advisable (because they can impact your awareness of your surroundings).
We love dogs but they are not allowed for this race, sorry.
The Frosty Bottom MARATHON & HALF MARATHON will each start 1/4-mile down the hill from the Kincaid Chalet at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
The unusual start time will follow the 50-mile bike start (10 a.m.) and 25-mile bike start (10:10 a.m.)
A section of the Kincaid Chalet will be open before the start for participants.
PRE-RACE BIB PICKUP will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Chain Reaction Cycles, 1148 Huffman Road.
RACE-DAY BIB PICKUP will be from 8:45-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 inside the Kincaid Chalet.
Registration and entry fees
Registration at Ultrasignup will open Monday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. and close on Friday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.
The $55 MARATHON and $50 HALF MARATHON entry fees each include the Ultrasignup registration fee.
Registration on race day is not possible.
Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
MARATHON entrants under age 18 must be experienced and approved by the race director.
Time Cut-Off/Dropping Out
The MARATHON time cut-off to be included in official results is 6 hours, 45 minutes (5 p.m.).
If anyone is unable to make the cutoff or needs to drop out for any reason, they must contact RD Matias Saari at 907-529-4178 or notify volunteers at an aid station.
The HALF MARATHON has no time cut-off but participants should expect to finish within three hours.
Race organizers will transport one bag per person (for either race) from the start to the finish. Bags must be labeled and secured.
Runners are responsible for their own post-race transportation if they need to return to Kincaid Park.
For the start, park either at the Chalet lot or at the large lot by the stadium.
There is limited parking at the finish lines (Hillside Trailhead for the marathon and Goose Lake Park for the half marathon); plan to carpool. There is no shuttle transportation back to Kincaid from either finish line.
Anyone looking to carpool from Kincaid (either before or after the race) can post a message on the Frosty Bottom Marathon Facebook page.
Awards and Post-Race Party
There will be a $100 cash prize, plus free entry for 2021, for both the men's and women's MARATHON and HALF MARATHON winners!
The other podium winners (2nd and 3rd places for each gender) will receive gift certificates.
All entrants will receive an item of swag.
All runners are invited to the awards ceremony at Chain Reaction Cycles starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. Pizza, beer and other refreshments will be provided.
The running races will be manually timed. 2020 results will be posted at Ultrasignup within 24 hours of the event.
For 2018 and 2019 results, see the upper right box at the top of this Ultrasignup page.
For 2019 RESULTS WITH SPLITS from Aid Stations 1&2, see photo #6 at top of this page.
For Frosty Bottom RESULTS FROM 2008-2019, scroll to the bottom of this page: https://www.chainreactionalaska.com/frosty-bottom
A list of past champions and running results from 2008-19 will be posted at the start, finish and awards ceremony.
For more info
For more information, contact Race Director Matias Saari at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-529-4178.
Local time: 1:05 AM
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