WELCOME TO THE 2021 JUNEAU MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON!!!!
UPDATE JUNE 18, 2021: Things are moving along swimmingly!! I get questions about "is the race still happening" and "will it be virtual or live?" Yes and yes (yes, it will be live) - July 31.
In today's update, I want to advise on bib pick-up/late registration. As in days of yore, there will be pick-up sessions on Thursday, July 29 at Nugget Alaska Outfitter (NAO) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. and Friday, July 31 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (aka JACC) from 4:30 -m to 6:30 pm. NAO is located in the Mendenhall Valley, approx. 10 miles from downtown Juneau; the JACC is located at the intersection of Egan Drive and Whittier Street, adjacent to the canyon streets of downtown Juneau.
There will be race day registration and packet pickup on race day at Savikko Park. Registration fees increase on race day so best to get the paperwork done now to avoid that!
I also want to speak to another question I am getting - what is time time limit? Long story made short, the course will shut down at 2 pm. That means the aid stations will shut down then (or earlier if the last person comes through before 2 pm). The finish line will remain open until the last finisher arrives. There will be a marathon walker start at 6 am; an early marathon start at 7 am; the regular marathon start at 8 am; and the half-marathon start at 9 am.
Here's an article that appeared in the local paper today regarding the event. Let me know if you have trouble accessing it.
As always, let me know if you have any questions and best wishes for the rest of your training!
UPDATE MAY 25, 2021: A note to the 2020 registrants who chose to defer to this year - you have been automatically registered in this year's version of the event for which you registered last year. I will need you to sign a current waiver and will be getting that to you under separate, individual cover.
I did an interview this morning on a local radio station to chat up the race. Listen here!
UPDATE MAY 12, 2021: The 2021 Juneau Marathon and Half-Marathon will be conducted LIVE on July 31.
Given the positive indications up to this point, there is no apparent, valid reason to conduct the event virtually. Indeed, effective today, the City and Borough of Juneau downgauged the COVID alert level based on the fact that over half the local population is fully vaccinated. This pretty much cemented our decision to go live.
With that said, this decision comes with the following conditions:
1. If an uncontemplated coronavirus outbreak occurs between now and race day that compels the city and/or state to declare an emergency and/or the club to no longer feel comfortable with conducting a live event, we may have to revert to conducting a virtual event on July 31. In the very worst case, if conditions get so bad that a strict lockdown is imposed, then we wouldn’t even be able to conduct a virtual event. In stating this, I am not suggesting that any of this will happen. I am just trying to put all possibilities out there. Any such changes will be immediately communicated via email to current registrants.
2. In the interest of conducting as safe an event as possible, the race sponsor, Juneau Trail and Road Runners, asks all participants to strongly consider being fully vaccinated by July 31 (or for you travelers, whenever you arrive here). To be clear: we will not require proof of vaccination as a condition of registration. Thank you for your consideration!
3. Our live event will feature water bottles at aid stations (no pre-poured drinks). Please dispose of these containers responsibly - trash cans will be provided for collection of this and other refuse.
4. Based on current COVID guidelines, on race day participants will be asked to wear masks until such time as you are out on the course and able to achieve/maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Thank you in advance for your support. You will be advised of any change in these guidelines.
Bib pick-up information and other details will be provided shortly.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Best regards – good luck with your training!
David Epstein, Race Director
The events will be held on Saturday, July 31 - if COVID-19 mitigation has progressed to the point where it is safe to have an in-person event. If not, we will reprise last year's virtual format (which took place over a week). We will be making a decision on virtual v. in-person by no later than April 1. Please check back periodically for updated information, or contact me at email@example.com should you have further questions.
UPDATE MARCH 7, 2020: The Board met on Friday the 5th and determined that even by April 1, it will not be possible to declare whether the events will be in-person or virtual. The COVID numbers and trends are looking good but there are still too many unknowns. One thing is for sure - we will have a race.
Last year, it was clear that we would not be able to conduct a "normal" event. Therefore, we went "virtual" and allowed participants to run their distance within a 7-day period, anywhere they wanted to. Up here, we marked the course and maintained the markings for a week. There was no clock, no gun - you either ran the distance in Juneau or a location of your choosing.
This year, while COVID appears to be on the wane (knock on wood), the conditions of our insurance have changed, thanks to the virus. If we conduct a virtual event, we will need to purchase additional coverage for each day we do so. In order to manage the costs, we have decided that - if we conduct the events virtually - it will be for one day only (July 31). We will mark the course. There will not be a clock or a starting gun - you run your chosen distance when you want to, and submit your time upon completion.
For those of you from out of town who are considering running the Juneau Marathon or Half-Marathon - there will be a race on July 31. It will be virtual or normal. If virtual, be prepared to self-support, as was the case last year. If normal, we will have bib pickup, a clock, a gun, aid stations, etc. - just like the "good old days"! I hope we can conduct an in-person event, but it is too soon to say which way it will go.
Regardless of method of conduct, there will be finisher medals and t-shirts.
So the primary differences between last year and this year:
1. Last year, the event was virtual. While we had many out-of-town registrants, I can't think of but perhaps one or two who traveled here to run the virtual event. This year, the event may or may not be virtual.
2. This year, the competition period will be one day only - July 31, 2021 - virtual or not.
As soon as we feel comfortable with saying which way the event will be conducted, we will do so. In the meantime - do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Best regards - be safe and be well!