United Physical Therapy 49K Ultra
Sunday, August 21, 2022 -- 8:00 AM
Our 49K Ultra is special event for runners desiring a bit more of a challenge than the one offered by the marathon distance. This event serves up the uniqueness of running a 49K in the 49th state of the Union.
The 49K Ultra (or 30.44860 miles for the metrically challenged) course begins in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Runners head west on 6th Avenue, north on H Street, then straight ahead on Christensen Drive to 2nd Avenue where the course turns left to join the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. They run past Westchester Lagoon, Earthquake Park, Postmark Drive and Point Woronzof. Their first turnaround point is approximately 1/4 mile below the top of the Kincaid hill, the toughest hill of this race, by the chalet. Returning to Westchester Lagoon, runners bear right (east) on the Chester Creek Trail. From the Chester Creek turnaround (the roundabout at the base of the hill beyond, or east of, the bridge to East High School) runners return to the lagoon and head back to the finish line in downtown Anchorage.
Note that there are five up-hills of significance
- Earthquake Park at Mile 4
- Point Woronzof at approximately Mile 5.5
- Kincaid Park at Mile 10.5
- Near Goose Lake at approximately Mile 23.5
- Christensen hill at approximately Mile 29.5
The 49K course is USATF certified
The 49K field is limited to the first 150 entrants.
The ultramarathon starts and finishes on 6th Avenue between F and G Street adjacent to the Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse in downtown Anchorage. Start time is 8:00 AM.
The course closes at 3:30 PM. Runners must cross the finish line by 3:30 PM to be an official finisher. Runners must reach Valley of the Moon Park aid station at mile 27 by 2:30 PM.
- Long-sleeve technical shirt
- Finisher's medal (see 2021 medal below)
- Professional timing
- Food and beverage at the finish line
49K Ultra Awards
Awards will be distributed in Town Square Park. Be sure to check for Age Group Awards.
All awards are based on chip times -- the time elapsed from when a runner crosses the timing mat at start line till when that runner crosses the timing mat at the finish line.
Sleeping Lady Challenge
The Anchorage Runfest is one of four Anchorage Running Club yearly events. Successful completion of eligible races in three of these four events can qualify a runner for the unique Sleeping Lady Challenge medal. See more information regarding the Sleeping Lady Challenge.
Race Day Support
See our Race Day Support page for a full listing of course support and finish line amenities.