Tour of Anchorage 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018
The Tour of Anchorage is a unique point-to-point cross-country ski marathon race in Anchorage, Alaska. There are 4 race events: 25k, 40k, and 50k freestyle race and 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 ski and multi-use trails. The 25k race starts at mid-town and joins the same course. All races finish at Kincaid Park on the western most side of the city near the coastline of Cook Inlet. Transportation back to start locations will be provided by shuttle bus.
Come for the race and stay for the party. Enjoy the scenic beer garden at the finish line!
Registration Opens October 1st
Online registration ends Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10pm. You can still register at bib pickup on Friday, March 2 from 12-7pm or Saturday, March 3 from 10am-12pm but you must pay more and you won’t be seeded in the appropriate wave.
Registration by Mail or In-person
2018 Anchorage Tour Festival Registration & Waiver Form – pdf
*Note: March 1, 2018 is the last day to register for seeded wave placement.
Mailed/faxed entries received after March 1, 2018 will NOT be accepted.
Mail your entry form along with your entry fee to the following address:
NSAA/ Tour of Anchorage
203 W. 15th, Suite 204
Anchorage, AK 99501
Or fax your entry form with credit card payment information to NSAA at 907-258-7609.
NOTE ABOUT AGE ON APPLICATION: According to convention, the age groupings for skiing are listed as a skier’s age as of December 31 in that ski season. So, if a skier has a birthday on January 11, 2018 and turns 56, his age for the 2018 race is 55. This is done so skiers are a constant age throughout the ski season. Also, you must be 18 years old by 12/31/17 to race the 50k.
|Adult Pricing||NSAA Member||Non-Member|
|By 12/31/17 @11:59pm (mail/fax in must be postmarked by 12/31/17)||$65||$75|
|By 2/19/2018 @10pm (mail/fax in must be postmarked by 2/19/18)||$75||$85|
|In-person Bib pickup on Fri, March 2, 2018 noon-7pm or Sat, March 3, 2018 10-12pm @ APU||$90||$100|
|Family Pricing: Use Tour of Anchorage Family form||$25 each; Min 2 children.|
|Adult Price + 2 children under 15||$50 + adult fee|
|Adult Price + 3 children under 15||$75 + adult fee|
|Adult Price + 4 children under 15||$100 + adult fee|
No refunds will be given for any reason, including race cancellation. All of the funds from the race go to NSAA for all of their community work, including trail work, grooming, and a variety of other activities that benefit trail users and skiers. Putting on the race involves many costs, many of which are not recovered if the race is canceled. Refunding entry fees is not done by any other American Ski Marathon race including those in Alaska.
Race Bib Pick Up
When: Friday, March 2, 2018, 12–7 pm and Saturday March 3, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: APU Moseley Center
Everyone should pick up their bib (or have someone get it for you) BEFORE race day.
Start, Wave and Finish Information
Start waves and bib numbers:
- 40k & 50k Start at Service High School – 5577 Abbott Road
- Service Parking: There will be parking at the High School
- Service Warmup area, bathrooms: Porta-pottys and the Small Gym will be available
- The Start will be in the Service field by the Small Gym
- 25k Start at Alaska Pacific University (APU) – 4400 University Drive
- APU Parking: There will be parking at the Atwood Building and the Spine Institute
- APU Warmup area, bathrooms: The Moseley Center will be available
- How to walk to APU Start: It depends on what parking lot you use but from the Moseley Center it is is just a short walk east on the trail down to the start area at the northeast end of University Lake. Google Map
- Finish at Kincaid Park Google Map
Start Wave Information
- Pace Times by Name;
- Rank Order of Classic pace time by Name
- Rank Order of Freesetyle pace time by Name
- Current List of Registrants Wave Assignments
- Wave Times and Bib Assignments
Past Race Times can be calculated by multiplying the listed pace time by race distance (row at top of each column).The 2018 Tour of
Anchorage race start waves are expected to be:
|Race||Start Waves||Start Times||Start Location|
|50k Freestyle||Waves 1 to 7||8:30 to 8:42 am||Service High School|
|40k Freestyle||Waves 8 to 13||9:30 to 9:40 am||Service High School|
|25k Classic||Waves 14 to 17||10:00 to 10:06 am||Alaska Pacific University|
|25k Freestyle||Waves 18 to 25||11:00 to 11:14 am||Alaska Pacific University|
Our goal is to make the Tour of Anchorage safe and satisfying for as many skiers as possible.
Read the details about seeding racers here: Seeding Racers.
Note: Classic tracks will only be set from APU to Kincaid Park
Alaska Pacific University – 25K Start
- APU Start Map – PDF
Service High School – 40K & 50K Start
- Service High Start Map – PDF
Course Sections – Detailed
- Hillside (50k/40k) – PDF
- Campbell Airstrip (50k/40k/25k) – PDF
- Alaska Pacific University (APU) (50k/40k/25k) – PDF
- Westchester (50k/40k/25k) – PDF
- Pt. Woronzof ((50k/40k/25k) – PDF
- Kincaid Finish Route – PDF
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 Kincaid Park. We encourage you to bring a backpack or duffle bag with your name on it so it is easier to spot at Kincaid. For the 25K start at APU, the vehicle will be outside the Moseley Sports Center. There will be no way to get your gear back to the van from the start area, so be sure to leave your bag with the van before coming down the hill. Also shuttle buses will be available at Kincaid Park to transport skiers back to the start of each race (APU and Service). These buses will leave at 20 minute intervals.
Catch a free shuttle bus with Premier Alaska Tours back from Kincaid Chalet to APU and Service Starts.
- Buses will run every 20 minutes starting at 11:00 am
- Buses to APU will run until 4:20 pm
- Buses to Service will run until 4:20 pm
- The Kincaid Gate will be open at 8:00 am
There will be seven feed stations for 2018 race – Hillside, Campbell, Tudor, Lake Otis, Westchester Lagoon, Postmark, and the Old Compost Facility. They will be serving fruit and 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. Food and drinks will be in the Kincaid Chalet to greet you!
Thank you to these feed station hosts and supporters:
- The Boy Scouts (Troup 214)
- Bartlett Ski Team
- Chugiak Ski Team
- Dimond Ski Team
- Eagle River Ski Team
- East Ski Team
- Service Seminar
- South Ski Team
- West Ski Team
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 will be presented at the Kincaid Chalet after each finish of the four races.
Age awards (top 3) will be available for pickup at the NSAA Office after official results have been posted.
1st Place 50k men & women finishers $500 + round trip ticket with Alaska Airlines
2nd Place 50k men & women finishers $150
3rd Place 50k men & women finishers $100
Note: Cash awards can only be given in the event of the full 50k race.
Thank you to Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol for support on the trail.
Questions or comments about the Tour of Anchorage?