Saturday, July 27, 2019 • Juneau, AK • Course Map
Runners get the chance to trek along the shore of Douglas Island, just south of downtown Juneau, at the annual running of the Southeast Road Runners Club’s Juneau Marathon & Half Marathon (known as the Frank Maier Marathon & Douglas Island Half Marathon through 2017), which follows the moderately hilly highway along the Gastineau Channel and features views of the nearby Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield as well as the nearby mountains, forests and the waters of the canals and channels fed by Pacific Ocean just offshore.
Both the half and the full marathons in this event start at Sandy Beach in Savikko Park on Douglas Island, which lies just south of the city, and follow out-and-back routes along the northern edge of the island along the Douglas Highway.
Except for the moderately hilly terrain along the route, there are no significant elevation changes to speak of, as the race is run at about sea level — those running the half experience an overall elevation gain of about 75 feet, while those running the full will climb a maximum of about 150 feet.
Just under 280 runners completed both races combined at the race’s 2014 running, with an estimated 67 runners crossing the finish line in the full marathon and 176 completing the half marathon.
The two races feature separate starting times, as the full begins at 7:00 AM (early start) and 8:00 AM while the half marathon begins at 9:00 AM and 9:00 AM — runners who opt for the full marathon early start will not be eligible for prizes. A post-race barbecue is also held for all participants, starting around 11:30 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the glacial areas in Alaska’s southeastern corner, at the base of Mount Juneau and about 30 miles east of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Juneau typically experiences summertime weather with plenty of sun as well as rain.
On race day (July 27), the average low is 50ºF and the average high is 65ºF.
- 2018 Juneau Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – full marathon early start
- 8:00 AM – full marathon regular start
- 9:00 AM – half marathon
- $35 – $45 for the half marathon
- $65 – $75 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of the Juneau Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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