34th Annual Tour of Anchorage

Sunday, March 6, 2022


The Tour of Anchorage is one of the few point-to-point cross-country ski marathons in North America and may be the only one that crosses through an urban environment! There are 6 ski events: freestyle and classic races of 25, 40 and 50 kilometers. In each, participants range from elite ski racers to recreational skiers challenging themselves to finish. There are 3 fat bike events, the 25, 40 and 50K. The fat bike race is the only marathon in the U.S. that features skiers and bikers on the same course on the same day! (But not at the same time: skiers start in the morning and bikers begin in the afternoon).

The 40k and 50k start on the Anchorage Hillside and traverse the city along ski and multi-use trails. Tunnels, bridges and greenbelts make it possible to ski from one end of town to the other without crossing a single road. The 25k starts in midtown (Alaska Pacific University) and ties in to the 50 and 40k courses. All races finish at Kincaid Park Stadium on the western end of the city overlooking Cook Inlet.

Read the History of the Tour  |  Race Times History


2021 Tour of Anchorage Photos! (Free digital downloads)

2020 Photos:


Due to COVID-19, there will be no awards party the day after the race. We will have a simple awards ceremony for the 50k ski and 50k bike podiums shortly after those racers finish. All other awards (25K, 40K ski and bike, and all age-group awards) will be available for pick up the week after the tour at the NSAA office. A sign-up sheet is provided here to facilitate a speedy process. Please contact the NSAA office (admin@anchoragenordicski.com) if you would rather have your award mailed to you. 

A note on sportsmanship: Poor sportsmanship, including verbal or physical abuse of volunteers or fellow racers, will not be tolerated to any degree. Transgressors will forfeit any awards and be subject to disqualification that year and potentially be barred from future participation.


Award for each age-group winner (Top 3 overall not eligible for age group awards)

  • 50k freestyle:
    • 1st (male and female) — $1,000 + round-trip ticket with Alaska Airlines
    • 2nd (male and female) — $400
    • 3rd (male and female) — $200
      Note: Cash awards may be adjusted or not given if the race needs to be shortened.
  • 50k classic: Awards for Top 3 male and female overall (not cash) and award for Top 3 in each age group (Top 3 overall not eligible for age group awards)
  • 40k freestyle and classic: Awards for Top 3 male and female overall (not cash) and award for Top 3 in each age group (Top 3 overall not eligible for age group awards)
  • 25k freestyle and classic: Awards for Top 3 male and female overall (not cash) and award for Top 3 in each age group (Top 3 overall not eligible for age group awards)

SKI Age groups:
25K and 40K: 11&under, 12-14, 15-17, 18-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79.
50K: 18-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79



Award for Top 3 in each age group (Top 3 overall not eligible for age group awards)

  • 50k:
    • 1st (male and female) — $250
    • 2nd (male and female) — $150
    • 3rd (male and female) — $100
  • 40k: Awards for Top 3 male and female overall (not cash) and award for Top 3 in each age group  (Top 3 overall not eligible for age group awards)
  • 25k: Awards for Top 3 male and female overall (not cash) and award for Top 3 in each age group (Top 3 overall not eligible for age group awards)

BIKE Age Groups:
25K and 40K: 17&under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79.
50K: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79



50K ski/25K bike: $150 award for male and female with fastest combined times.
Medals for all who complete the Tour Double.

A note on sportsmanship: Poor sportsmanship, including verbal or physical abuse of volunteers or fellow racers, will not be tolerated to any degree. Transgressors will forfeit any awards and be subject to disqualification that year and potentially be barred from future participation.

COVID-19 Mitigation

The full mitigation plan will be posted here when available. A few details:
Face coverings — Racers will be required to wear face coverings covering the mouth and nose before starting and immediately after finishing (but not while racing except when in proximity to others at aid stations). Racers should plan ahead and carry a dry face mask to put on at the finish (those without an approved mask with be provided one). Volunteers and race officials will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
Social distancing — At least 6 feet of distance is required at the start and finish. At least 10 feet of distance is required while racing (except when passing).
Symptoms waiver — Racers and volunteers must confirm by waiver that they have no COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact to anyone who has recently been sick.
Travel mandate — Racers and volunteers, whether Alaskans or coming from the Lower 48, must follow current State of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage COVID-19 travel mandates.
Aid stations — Self-serve bottled water and pre-packaged snacks will be placed on tables with a limited number of volunteers present to keep supplies stocked.
Sanitization — Extra care will be taken for sanitization at the start and finish (including additional porta-potties) and at aid stations.

COVID Coordinator for Tour of Anchorage: Sara Lucey, 907-748-7259
Please contact with any questions, concerns or if you have symptoms/positive test on either Bib Pick Up or Race Day.

Click Here to view the Full Mitigation Plan

Course Maps

Note: The “Finish Details” map below has been revised to show the routing directly from Broadway to the finish in front of the timing building (instead of looping through the stadium and over the tunnel as previously planned).

As long as snow depths and conditions allow, classic tracks will be set for the entire 50-kilometer course (except in a few short sections).

Race Officials reserve the right to alter the course due to safety concerns or weather conditions.

 25K Start – Alaska Pacific University (APU)

40K & 50K Start – Service High School 

Ski Course Sections – Detailed

Fat Bike Course Sections – Detailed

Download Tour of Anchorage Overview Ski Map – PDF  Download Tour of Anchorage Overview Fat Bike Map – PDF
Transportation & Parking

Due to COVID-19, the free shuttle bus service from Kincaid to Service or APU with Premier Alaska Tours will unfortunately NOT be available in 2021.

Racers will need to arrange their own transportation from Kincaid via support personnel. Racers can opt to drop off a car at Kincaid Park starting at 8am on Race Day. Warning: Parking is Limited. We encourage carpooling with your bubble or having your Support Personnel pick you up.

Thanks to Strabel Timing, we have a valuable tool this year that will allow support personnel to predict when their racer is expected at the finish. At their “live timing” webpage, you can use the search feature to find your racer, and their time will automatically pop up at four split stations and at the finish. The final split — at Postmark Drive about 12 kilometers from the finish — will be especially valuable, and a precise finish time will even be predicted based on the racers’ pace to that point.

The other split locations are the start of the Gasline; at the beginning of the multi-use route at Homestead Trail; and where the 25K merges with the 50/40K trail just beyond the 25K start.

Live Timing link: https://my.raceresult.com/164180/?lang=en

The finish will also be streamed on Facebook Live, so support personnel can also look for their racers crossing the line here: https://www.facebook.com/strabelracingservices/live/

Please note that due to COVID-19, no spectators (or support personnel) are allowed in the start or finish areas.

Tips for Support Personnel:

  • Check your skier’s split times from various locations and projected time of arrival at the finish line provided by Strabel Timing.
  • If your skier is carrying their phone, encourage them to download the ‘Find My’ app and use it to track their progress.
  • There is limited parking at Kincaid Park, please arrive within 5 minutes of your skier’s estimated arrival time.
  • The Lower Lot (first right as you enter the Park) will have a Drive-Thru skier pick up lane.
  • If you arrive before your skier has finished, please wait in the Cell Phone Lot at Kincaid Elementary.


Aid Stations

We’ve made major changes to our aid station plan due to COVID-19. This year we need racers to be much more self-sufficient; what we provide is supplementary and will NOT sustain you for the duration of your event.

We are providing three “grab-and-go” aid stations for the 50K and 40K and two for the 25K. Consume food or drink on the trail beyond the aid station — not at it!


1) University Lake (just beyond ANTHC) — located at 23K/50 and 11.5K/40; does not service 25K
2) Westchester Lagoon — located at 32K/50, 21K/40 and 8.5K/25
3) Point Woronzof — located at 39K/50, 27.5K/40 and 15K/25

* All three stations will have 8-ounce bottles of water (caps will be loosened), Black Forest gummies, and a choice of fig bars, Nutri Grain fruit bars and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars.

The Woronzof station will also provide a limited amount of 12-ounce bottles of Gatorade.

– Racers should not spend more than a few seconds at aid stations. Pull up a Buff or face mask if in close proximity to others.
– Items will be placed on five self-serve tables restocked by volunteers. Look for an unoccupied table to minimize proximity to others.
– Garbage cans will be placed at the aid stations and about 100 yards beyond each one; please make every effort to not litter.

 — It is imperative that you develop a hydration and sustenance plan and practice in advance to work out the kinks. Some suggestions:
— Wear a Camelbak (and make sure it doesn’t freeze), drink belt and/or a small pack with pockets for bottles and snacks.
— Wear a shirt, jacket or pants with accessible pockets.
— Experiment with grabbing a bottle and opening it while wearing gloves and ski poles, and tearing open snack wrappers with your teeth.
— Buy some energy gels and energy chews and consume them while training to determine if they are a good food option on race day.

 — Racers are allowed to have a support person hand off food and drink anywhere along the course (except at aid stations, which need to remain uncluttered). Consult our course maps on the website to help determine good locations for hand-offs. Like all volunteers, supporters must wear a face covering.

OUR PLAN IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE — Please review the aid station section of the website before race day as our plan is subject to change and details may be modified.

Tour Double

Due to COVID-19 precautions and the adjustment of start times in the 2021 Tour of Anchorage, the only Tour Double options will be the 50K ski/25K bike and the 25K ski/25K bike.

*Those who signed up for the 50/50K or 40/40 doubles before the change in start times necessitated their elimination must transfer to the 50ski/25bike or 25/25 double, or drop one of their races. Do so by emailing registration manager Bob Stehn at bob.stehn@gmail.com

Finish these combinations of 1 ski race AND 1 bike race back-to-back and receive a special award — plus a reduced entry fee for the second race!

Doublers pay full price for the first race and just $50 for the second. Select the Tour Double option at online registration. If you decide to double after having signed up for just one event, simply email the NSAA at admin@anchoragenordicski.com to add the second event.

Before signing up, Doublers must be certain they are physically capable of finishing both events and have enough time (and their own transportation) to get from Kincaid back to Service HS or APU for their bike start.

NOTE: Those who miss their bike start for the Double may NOT start late.

Refund Policy for 2021

REFUND POLICY FOR 2021: We have received a high level of interest in the 2021 TOA and want as many skiers as possible to safely participate. Because we have set capacities, we request that entrants who choose not to participate due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic request a refund no later than February 26, 2021 so that a waitlisted skier can register in your place. Of course, there are situations where a notification by Feb. 26 is not possible. Entrants who are unable to participate due to symptoms of coronavirus, a positive test or quarantine can request a refund or deferral to 2022 by submitting a request in writing to admin@anchoragenordicski.com.

This refund policy will only be in place for 2021; the usual policy of no refunds for any reason — something consistent with other ski races — will resume in 2022. Please keep in mind that the Tour of Anchorage is one of the largest fundraisers for the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage.

Bib Pick Up

When: Friday, March 5, 2021, 3-7 p.m. & Saturday, March 6th from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: APU Moseley Center Parking Lot (4400 University Dr.). Due to COVID-19, bib pickup will be outdoors. Park in the large lot across the street.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, race changes will NOT be possible at bib pickup.

TOA racers are required to pick up their bib (or have someone get it for them) on March 5 or 6.

For out-of-town racers and those with extenuating circumstances, SKI bibs can be picked up on race day March 7 beginning at 8 a.m. outside the APU Moseley Center for the 25K and beginning at 10 a.m. outside the Little Gym behind Service High School for the 50K/40K.

For out-of-town racers and those with extenuating circumstances, BIKE bibs can be picked up on race day beginning at 1:30 p.m. outside the Little Gym behind Service High School for the 50K/40K and beginning at 3 p.m. outside the APU Moseley Center for the 25K.

What to Expect:

  1. You must complete the Tour COVID Questionnaire Prior to Bib Pick Up – CLICK HERE.
  2. Masks and social distancing are required.
  3. Find your race category’s station and stand in link to pick up your bib and t-shirt then leave directly through the marked exits.

Are you riding the Fat Bike Tour of Anchorage?

  • Helmets are required.
  • A minimum tire width of 3.7 inches is required. There is no maximum or minimum tire pressure. Adjust PSI appropriate for the trail conditions.
  • A noisemaker such as a bell to alert other trail users of your approach is strongly recommended.
  • Pass skiers and other trail users in single file whenever possible.
  • Avoid riding in the classic ski tracks.
  • The winner is determined by the first front wheel to cross the finish line.
  • Be equipped with lights if there is a chance you will finish in the dark.

There is only one division: Open.

Awards will be given for Top 3 overall, plus winners of the following age groups: 17 & under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 

  • 50K: Cash Prizes for Top 3 men and women overall ($250 for 1st, $150 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd) and an award for each group winner (Top 3 not eligible for age group awards).
  • 40K: Awards for Top 3 (no cash) and an award for each group winner (Top 3 not eligible for age group awards).
  • 25K: Awards for Top 3 (no cash) and an award for each group winner (Top 3 not eligible for age group awards).
  • Tour Double: 50K ski/25K bike: $150 for male and female with fastest combined times; medals for all who complete a ski/bike double.

Register for the Virtual 25k Ski 

NSAA is offering a virtual ski option for the Tour of Anchorage, March 8-14, 2021 for $30!

We hope it appeals to those who are uncomfortable racing during the pandemic or unable to gain entry into the ski race that has reached capacity.

The Details

Pick your route:

  1. Follow the map for a 25K Tour within Kincaid park (follow along on phone or print hard copy). This can be modified to include any (or all) of the three laps shown. This route will NOT be marked.
  2. Complete the TOA 25K course from APU to the Kincaid stadium – see the Maps section of the website.
  3. Pick your own route of 25K.

This is designed to be a fun event and it’s fine if the official route is not followed exactly. It is not a competitive event and the distance covered and time spent skiing should not be submitted to NSAA.

NSAA will publish a list of virtual participants alongside the other 2021 TOA results.

The cost is $30 and includes a 2021 Tour of Anchorage t-shirt and Print-At-Home bib.

Virtual participants can ski the Kincaid 25K Tour or other routes from March 8 to March 14, 2021. Please do not ski the virtual Tour on March 7, 2021 – this race day is reserved for real time registrants only. 

Here are basic directions for the Kincaid 25K Tour:

Start in Kincaid Stadium in front of the timing building.

  • Loop 1 (Blue): Go out Mize to Sisson/complete Outer Sisson route back to Mize /return to stadium.
  • Loop 2 (Purple): Exit stadium to Snow Making Loop/go through lower tunnel and around west side of biathlon range/take Margeaux’s to top of hill/take 2nd right toward Compression and follow to 1.5K Lekisch/drop back into stadium.
  • Loop 3 (Pink): go through stadium and head out Mize/turn right to Elliott’s Climb/around World Cup start, down East St. and down S Turns/go up over bridge and onto Jodphur Loop/go back across bridge and left onto Margeaux’s/pass Burky’s Climb and Roller Coaster/finish in front of timing building.


Tour of Anchorage merchandise is available to purchase online! Click the picture below to jump to your favorite item.

Thank You to Our Generous 2021 Sponsors!

Please join us in thanking and supporting our 2021 Tour of Anchorage sponsors listed below. This quality event is made possible by their generous support.

Interested in becoming a 2021 sponsor? There are many levels and ways to support the event and the mission. Click here to review sponsorship opportunities and levels, we would be honored if you join our team! If you have questions, feel free to email Sara at program@anchoragenordicski.com.

Thank you to Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol for support on the trail!
Learn more about the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol at: https://www.anchoragenordic.com.


Questions or comments about the Tour of Anchorage?

Race Director Matias Saari tourofanchorage@gmail.com 
Registration (Pre-Race) Heather Liller admin@anchoragenordicski.com
Race & Course Matias Saari tourofanchorage@gmail.com 
Registration Changes Bob Stehn bob.stehn@gmail.com