Beautiful, brutal, and unforgettable

The Skagway Full Marathon is difficult course that covers a variety of terrain, elevation gains and drop, and takes you from small historical town setting to tranquil wilderness.  Although considered a road marathon this out and back race crosses over into trail territory with most of the rugged roads midway into the race.  This course is very hilly so keep this in mind for your training.

The good news is we have 6 Aid Stations positioned throughout the course and 2 Mobile Aid Stations to ensure the support and safety of all our racers!


Mobile Aid Stations

We have 2 mobile aid stations that travel along the course with water, refreshments, and basic first aid items.  

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Aid Station 1
(Mile 0 at Starting Line)
to aid station 2
(Mile2.4 Dyea Cutoff)

The start takes place on the Broadway Dock, right on the ocean. Look for the big orange tent for the start/finish line. This section of the course will mostly be in the commercial and residential areas of Skagway and is mostly flat and paved.  Please watch for traffic as you run on the streets.  A Short distance after starting you will take a left turn at 1st Ave. and then 2 blocks later take a right on Alaska street.  When you reach the Skagway River bridge you will turn left and cross over the pedestrian bridge.  Continue on the paved road.     


AID STATION 2
(MILE 2.4 AT DYEA CUTOFF)
TO AID STATION 3
(MILE 4.2 OLD RIFLE RANGE ROAD)

At aid station 2 runners will turn left onto Dyea road. Most of this section is gradual hills and inclines and is all paved.

 

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Aid station 3                                        (Mile 4.2 Old Rifle Range Road) to     Aid Station 4                                        (Mile 6.6 Nahku Road)

Immediately leaving aid station 3 the road will turn into gravel/dirt.  It will be flat for a bit before winding alongside the mountain.  You will descend slightly and flatten out and dip down to Long Bay.  From there the road will incline more until flattening off upon reaching Nahku Road. Half Marathon runners and walkers turn around at aid station 4 and follow the same course back to the start/finish line.

TURN AROUND POINT FOR HALF MARATHON AND WALKING HALF MARATHON IS AID STATION 4


AID STATION 4
(MILE 6.6 NAHKU ROAD)
TO AID STATION 5
(MILE 8.9 DYEA OUTPOST)

TURN AROUND POINT FOR HALF MARATHON AND WALKING HALF MARATHON IS AID STATION 4
Full marathons will be the only runners continuing from this point. The road will be a series of gentle inclines and declines and continues to wind alongside the mountain with the Dyea Bay on the left.  Right before Aid Station 5 the road will turn to pavement and flatten out.

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AID STATION 5
(MILE 8.9 DYEA OUTPOST)  
TO AID STATION 6
(MILE:10.8 BASE OF WEST CREEK HILL)

The road will be mostly flat in this section.  You will cross 2 bridges.  The 1st bridge spans over the Taiya River.  After crossing the 1st bridge make sure to stay RIGHT on the paved road.  The road will remain paved up to the 2nd Bridge.  After crossing the 2nd bridge and turn LEFT.  The road will turn back to gravel at this point. 


AID STATION 6
(Mile10.8)
TO AID STATION 7
(MILE 13.1 TOP OF WEST CREEK ROAD)

TURN AROUND POINT FOR FULL MARATHON RUNNERS IS AID STATION 7        

 You will start a steep incline here.  This tough section is uphill and the road is fairly rough and rutted.  Watch your footing.  When you come to an opening with a blue foot bridge DO NOT CROSS THE BLUE BRIDGE, continue on the dirt road to stay on course.  This area is frequented by bears-please be bear aware.  The turnaround is at the top of the hill at aid station 7.  This section also has its own mobile aid station, look for the ATV.  Turn around at aid station 7 and follow the course back to the start/finish line.

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