16th Annual Prince of Wales Island
Marathon, Half Marathon & Relays
Come join our marathon mascot Rowdy the Raven at the 16th Annual Prince of Wales Island Marathon and Relays and the 4th Annual Half Marathon on Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Southeast Alaska.
Our USATF-certified, out-and-back course starts at sea level on a paved highway and includes challenging mountain passes that reach 400 feet in the middle portion of the course.
Our inspirational and scenic course offers views of Alaska’s Inside Passage, mountains, forests, muskeg areas and streams along with Alaskan wildlife.
Jesse Agner (photo right) took the men’s marathon top spot with a time of 2:58:01 and Jessica Goodrich won the women’s marathon with a time of 3:52:45.
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins won the men’s half marathon with a time of 1:25:50 and Trina Nation won the women’s half marathon with a time of 1:39:02.
A unique experience! Prince of Wales Island is the third largest United States island, after Hawaii and Kodiak, and provides a picturesque backdrop for many outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, whale watching, touring Native totem pole parks and clan houses, wildlife viewing, cave explorations, camping, or simply driving its more than 900 miles of roadways. It is also an awesome place to run and walk and get to know its friendly island residents.
Travel to Prince of Wales Island is either by small plane or ferry out of Ketchikan.
Visit the Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce at www.princeofwalescoc.org for more information.
Our out-and-back course starts at the backdrop of Sunnahae Mountain at Craig High School and heads north along the Klawock Channel, through Klawock, turning left at the clan house, and proceeding along Boundary Road, which turns into Big Salt Lake Highway and affords views of one of our most majestic lakes, clear streams, and muskeg areas sprouting bullpines. The middle, more mountainous portion of the full marathon course presents challenges, but it inspires participants with Southeast Alaska’s natural beauty. The out-and-back half marathon course follows the full marathon course but does not venture into the most difficult portion of the full marathon course. Wildlife sightings are common on race day. The course closes at 4:00 p.m. on race day.
The Prince of Wales Island Marathon is the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles and is USATF certified, #AK14007FW. Race times may be used as time qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.
Prince of Wales Island is located within the temperate Tongass National Rain Forest, providing excellent running and walking conditions. Typically, temperatures at the start of the race are in the low fifties and may even climb up to the mid-sixties by early afternoon. One race day in our history did provide temperatures that reached the low eighties by mid-afternoon – a true rarity. Rain is always a possibility; however, sun, clouds and light mists have more frequently been experienced on race day.
There are fifteen aid stations located along the out-and-back marathon course, providing intensive support in the form of hydration as well as lemon drops, fruit, other forms of nutrition, along with an abundance of moral support and good cheer. Aid stations are also supplied with basic first aid supplies and clothing drop bags. Aid stations compete for our coveted traveling trophy each year, making their efforts to serve all participants go way beyond that proverbial extra mile. Support vans constantly cover the course and provide rides to relay participants along with other needed support. Four EMT crews are on the course throughout the day to address more intensive medical needs.
All participants start at the Craig High School in Craig, Alaska, at 8:00 a.m. on May 23, 2015. Check-in opens at 7:00 a.m. in the lobby area, where participants may check their clothing, stretch, grab a cup of coffee, compare race strategies, and pose for photos. Restrooms are available for all.
The race finish is at the Craig High School, with the finish line closing at 4:00 p.m. A free grilled salmon feed will be available for all participants from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Nonparticipants may purchase this meal. Other finish food and hydration will also be available, along with post-race massages and our traditional homemade cookie station. A display board will exhibit finishers’ bib tags by race category, designating each participant’s name and race time.
Standard relay teams are composed of 4 persons and 8 persons. Plaques are awarded to 1st – 3rd place standard relay teams. Standard relay teams must use designated aid station exchange points, as noted in the race booklet. All relay teams are strongly encouraged to recruit the necessary four or eight persons necessary for a standard relay team; an open category is offered for those few teams which are unable to do this. There are no plaques awarded in the open category.
Local island school districts form Youth Alternative Aid Station Relay Teams, consisting of students in grades Kindergarten – 8th grade during the current school year. These young runners are a yearly highlight of our race as they run from aid station to aid station and without fail, cheer on ALL other participants in the race. There is also one local island Adult Alternative Aid Station Relay Walking Team which also covers the course in the same manner.
NOTE: No participant will be allowed to participate on more than one team or in more than one category.
NOTE: Participants may not switch race categories on race day. Any participant who attempts to do so will be disqualified.
Participants who register by midnight, Alaska Standard Time on April 15, 2014, will benefit from the Early Bird discounted race fees and will receive a long sleeved tech-shirt on Friday, May 23, when race packets are picked up. Participants who register after this Early Bird Deadline will pay standard race fees and will have a shirt on order which may not be received by race day. The race committee insures future delivery of these shirts to participants. Therefore, accurate mailing addresses are a must.
Runners on the Youth Alternative Aid Station Relay Teams will receive a cotton, short sleeved tie-dye race shirt.
Medals are awarded at the finish line to all marathon and half marathon finishers. Medals for relay teams are awarded at the finish line when the last relay member completes the final leg. Our island featured creature for this 16th staging of our marathon is the bald eagle, which will adorn our medals.
Race bags jammed with various items and promotional brochures, race bibs, and shirts may be picked up at the CTA Hall in Craig, Alaska, from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015. Participants may also shop at our race store, sign our official race poster, and sign up for transportation to the race start. Any available new registrations will also be accepted at this time. This is also a good time and location to relax and visit with other participants and island residents.
The pasta feed will be from 6:00 – 7:30 at the CTA Hall in Craig on this date. Our opening ceremonies will commence at 7:00 p.m., with our guest speaker taking the podium at 7:30 p.m. Expect additionally a unique Alaska Native welcome from dancers attired in Native regalia.
Transportation will be provided from local lodges and bed-and-breakfast establishments to the start area for those participants who signed the transportation form by 8:00 p.m. the previous evening. The expansive Craig High School lobby will be open at 7:00 a.m. for checking in, conversations, and a quick cup of coffee. Restrooms and secured clothing drops will also be available.
The race will start at 8:00 a.m. for all participants under the official Prince of Wales Island Marathon arch. Local law enforcement agencies will be at the first immediate turn to ensure that all participants are safely on the course.
The lobby area is open after the race with post-race nutrition and hydration. Our traditional homemade cookie station is at the finish line. A grilled salmon feed is free for race participants; nonparticipants may purchase this meal. Ten-minute massages may be purchased for a nominal fee. And van transportation to local lodging facilities will be available at the finish line.
A “Dash and Splash” option is available at the City of Craig’s swimming pool from noon to 4:00 and is free to all participants. The use of pool facilities, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, and locker rooms with showers is free upon presenting one’s race bib. Age limits may apply for some areas of the facility.
The awards ceremony, preceded by an ice cream sundae buffet, will be at the CTA Hall at 6:00 p.m. At this ceremony, 1st – 3rd place plaques will be awarded, along with numerous door prize drawings. All full marathoners are automatically entered in our travel package drawing – additional raffle tickets for this grand prize will be for sale at both the Friday and Saturday ceremonies. All other drawings, with the exception of the travel package, are free.
A no-host dance party will take place at the Hill Bar in downtown Craig at 9:00 p.m. after the awards ceremony. This will provide a more relaxed opportunity for runners and walkers to meet and talk about travels, the race, running/walking and other experiences. Light snacks will be available.
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Our fees are a bargain! This is because of our generous sponsors and vast local support! Special rates are offered for registering early: beat the Early Bird Deadline (April 15, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Alaska Standard Time) and save $15 off of each entry. After this deadline, standard race fees will apply, with online registration closing on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m., Alaska Standard Time. Paper registrations are available throughout the registration period and follow the same pricing as for online. Contact Ann James at firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding paper registrations.
Registrations for both the Adult and Youth Alternative Aid Station Relay Teams will close on April 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m., Alaska Standard Time. No registrations for these relay teams will be accepted after this deadline. These are paper registrations are to be completed through Ann James at email@example.com.
Robert Key started running at the age of 11 and has participated in well over 200 races ranging from the 5k to the Ironman to a 100-mile ultra. He has completed 20 marathons, including three Boston Marathons, nine Half-Ironman events and six Ironman events and was selected in 2011 as one of only fifteen athletes in the world to be the in the “2011 Ironman Performances of the Year” after overcoming two heart procedures in 2010.
Robert has also been doing motivational speaking for more than twenty years to athletic groups, businesses, school children of all ages, churches, senior citizen groups, and various other organizations. He also coaches children ages 6-15 at a local Houston YMCA to participate in the Houston Kids Triathlon. He is proud to note that all of the children he has coached have completed the race.
Sponsors have allowed and encouraged the Prince of Wales Island Marathon Committee to maintain and improve its marathon, relay and half marathon events over the past 15 years. Sponsor contributions help fund: winners’ plaques, guest speaker expenses, advertising, promotional materials, volunteer shirts, sponsor plaques and shirts, course certification, postage, race bags, freight expenses, hall rental fees, course signage, medical supplies, safety items, items needed to stage the Friday and Saturday evening events, etc. Businesses, organizations or individuals interested in becoming a sponsor may contact Ann James at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Note that the sponsor deadline is March 1, 2015; official sponsor invitations go out in three waves: September, January of 2015, and the last call in mid-February 2015.
B-3 Contractors, Inc.
Tongass Trading Company
Alaska Marine Lines
Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce
Inter-Island Ferry Authority
Island Air Express
Outer Otter Sportfishing
Cleary Computer Services
R&M Engineering-Ketchikan, Inc.
City of Craig
Black Bear Store
Diversified Investments & Insurance
Salmon Sez…Speech Therapy
Best Western Plus Landing