About the Tour
New for 2014...an odd year...
The Tour of Anchorage is a point-to-point cross-country ski marathon race in Anchorage, Alaska. There are 4 race events: a 25k (19k), 40k (26k), and 50k (26k) freestyle race and a 25k (19k) classic race. In each event, abilities range from top national ski racers to recreational skiers challenging themselves with just making the distance. The 25k (19k), 40k (26k), and 50k (26k) will all begin at Service High School in the East side of town at the foothills of the Chugach Mountains. Transportation back to the start location at Service will be provided by shuttle bus.
The below paragraph is IF we were able to do the full course. Use it as reference.
In a typical year...
The Tour of Anchorage is a point-to-point cross-country ski marathon race in Anchorage, Alaska. There are 4 race events: a 25k, 40k, and 50k freestyle race and a 25k classic race. In each event, abilities range from top national ski racers to recreational skiers challenging themselves with just making the distance. The 40k and 50k races start on the east side of Anchorage and traverse the city along bike trails. The 25k race starts at mid-town and joins the same course. All the races finish at Kincaid Park on the west side of the city near the coastline of Cook Inlet. Transportation back to the start locations will be provided by shuttle bus.
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Race Bib Pick Up
When: Friday, February 28, 2014, 3–7 pm and Saturday March 1, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: Moseley Sports Center on the Alaska Pacific University campus. LOCATION MAP
Everyone should pick up their bib (or have someone get it for you) BEFORE race day.
Check out your wave and bib number for Tour 2014
NOTE: There are NO timing chips this year.
If you're absolutely unable to pick up your bib on February 28th or March 1st, you will have a final opportunity on race day (March 2, 2014) before your wave start. Race day bib pick up is from 7:30 - 11:00 am at Service High.
Start, Wave and Finish Information
UPDATED START LOCATION AND DISTANCES FOR 2014 (Including updated maps):
25k Skiers will start at Service in their same wave and start time as below. All racers will finish at APU.
45k and 50k Skiers will start at Service in their same wave and start time. All racers will also finish at APU.
||2014 START LOCATION
||START TIME - FOR 2014 KEEP YOUR SAME WAVES
|50K (26k) Freestyle
||Google Service High Map
||8:30 am, 8:32, 8:34, 8:36, 8:38, 8:40, 8:42
|40K (26k) Freestyle
||9:30 am, 9:32, 9:34, 9:36, 9:38, 9:40, 9:42, 9:44
|25K (19k) Classical
||10:00 am, 10:02, 10:04, 10:06, 10:08, 10:10
|25K (19k) Freestyle
||11:00 am, 11:02, 11:04, 11:06, 11:08, 11:10 ... 11:18, 11:20
|Finish at APU
||Google APU Location Map
||Finish time? It's up to you.
- 25k (19k), 40k (26k) and 50k (26k) Start at Service High School - 5577 Abbott Road (Google Location Map)
Start Wave Information
Pace Times by Name
Past Race Times by Name
The 2014 Tour of Anchorage will have no ‘elite’ or ‘special’ waves. Wave assignments for each race will be from the fastest skiers (first wave) to the slowest skiers (last wave). Certainly skiers will change speeds during the race, fast skiers may have a slow day, and slower skiers may have super race. We realize that no seeding system is perfect. Nevertheless, we expect seeded starts will minimize skiers passing other skiers and improve overall race speed and safety by eliminating much of the congestion and bottlenecks. Our goal is to make the Tour of Anchorage safe and satisfying for as many skiers as possible.
Each skier will have his or her PACE time calculated ( = total time / total distance) expressed in minutes per kilometer. For each skier, the fastest PACE time for a classic race and the fastest PACE for a freestyle race from the last 3 years (2011–2013) will be compiled on separate lists. Approximately 70 percent of Tour skiers have previously skied the Tour, or Pia's or Sven's Anchorage Cup 30 km races. For those who have not skied a distance race since 2010 or want a chance to improve your best PACE, we encourage you to ski Pia’s Classic on January 26, 2014 or Sven Johansson on February 16, 2014. Results from these races will be included in calculating the PACE times for the 2014 Tour. For those skiers wishing to use a ‘non-Anchorage’ event (for example, out-of-state skiers traveling to Anchorage for the U.S. National Masters), please submit an accurate time and actual distance over 24km, along with a source for results (a relevant website) on your entry form. Anchorage skiers do not need to estimate race times because I already have all 7,292 times from the last 3 years.
Any questions or concerns about calculated pace times may be sent to Bob Stehn at Tour.email@example.com.
Skiers will be ranked from fastest to slowest based on each skier's fastest PACE time. No adjustment to PACE time will be made for age, sex, course difficulty, distance, or snow conditions. For each race, the first wave will be filled with the fastest 50 skiers signed up for that distance, the second wave with the next 50, etc. Wave assignments will be posted after online signup closes in February. Most waves will include both men and women skiers, all of approximately the same speed. Skiers with no PACE and no distance race result in the last 3 years will be placed behind skiers with PACE times. For each race, all waves will continue at 2 or 3 minute intervals until completion. The race start times are 8:30 for 50km (~6 waves at 2 min. intervals), 9:30 for 40km (~8 waves at 3 min. intervals), 10:00 for 25km Classic (~5 waves at 2 min. intervals), and 11:00 for 25km Free (~10 waves at 3 min. intervals). Skiers in the 50k or 40k may choose Classic technique because it is a Freestyle race, however wave assignments will be based on Freestyle Pace with no special starts or wave assignments.
Once assigned to a wave, start positions are self-determined by racers as they line up for the start. The Tour does NOT have a "chevron start" with assigned positions. Being cautious and courteous at the start is a wise strategy to avoid a pile-up and broken equipment.
2014 Service High School - 25k, 40K & 50K Starts
2014 APU Finish
Clothing Bag Support
There will be a vehicle at the start of all races to transport a bag with dry clothing to the end of the race at APU. We encourage you to bring a backpack or duffle bag with your name on it so it is easier to spot at APU. The vehicle will be outside the Moseley Sports Center.
Catch a free shuttle bus back from APU to Service.
- Buses will run every 20 minutes
There will be TWO feed stations for 2014 race - the gasline by Hilltop Ski Area, the BLM steel bridge, and the Finish line of course! They will be serving fruit, granola bars, water & warm sports drink (Skratch Lab Apple Cinnamon). Feed stations are staffed by high school sports and community group volunteers. Give them a big thank you as you pass through. Pizza, great harvest and drinks will be in the Moseley Sports Center to great you!
NEW FOR 2014! Waxing space and help available for Tour participants On Saturday, March 1st, the day before!
Talented skiers and coaches from Dimond High School cross country ski team will be available at Kincaid, Saturday March 1st from noon-2pm at the Kincaid Bunker Annex to help Tour participants get their skis ready. Out-of-town skiers looking for a wax bench and iron to borrow? Need just the right kick wax advise or glide wax application? Come support the Dimond Ski Team's fund raiser the day before the Tour. Perfect time to preview the finish, then get your wax on!
Toko will be at the Service start to help with last minute waxing advise.
Merchandise on sale at Bib Pickup Friday & Saturday and on race day at the Kincaid Chalet. They will be available for purchase at bib pick-up and after the race in the Kincaid Chalet. We have lots of colors, styles and sizes to choose from, but keep in mind that it all goes FAST! Come to bib pick-up early on the first day for the best selection.
AWARDS CEREMONY, Sunday, March 2, 2014, 5:30 pm:
Tickets on sale at the Bear Tooth office starting Tuesday, Feb 25 for $3.00.
This is a sell-out event. Get your tickets early.
UPDATE ABOUT RESULTS AND AWARDS FOR 2014: The 40K and 50K racers (who are now BOTH skiing the same 26K course) are going to be in the same results list. These racers are also going to be in one category for awards purposes. Even though they will start in separate 40K and 50K waves, because they are racing the same course, they will be timed and ranked as having competed against one another in the same race.
- 1st place 40/50K men & women finishers win round trip ticket plus $1,000
- 2nd place 40/50k men & women finishers win $300
- 3rd place 40/50K men & Women finishers win $200
PLUS this year watch for a special "PREME" prize for first 50K men & women to a designated spot during the race.
Fabulous Bear Tooth cuisine and liquid refreshments will be available for purchase. Remember patrons under 21 are welcome in the theatre balcony.
If you won an age group (top 3) and aren't able to make the Awards Ceremony, stop by the NSAA office to get your medal.