Changes to Registration and Lottery Fees

For the 2019 race, we have adjusted our registration and lottery fees in response to feedback from the racing community regarding the non-refundable lottery application fee.

2019 registration and lottery fees

Men’s and women’s races:

  • Registration fee: $85 (previously $65)
  • Lottery application fee: $20 (previously $35)

Junior race:

  • Registration fee: $25 (no change)
  • Lottery application fee: $15 (no change)

These changes do not significantly change our revenue. We’re simply shifting more of the expenses to runners who are getting to enjoy the race experience, as opposed to unsuccessful lottery applicants. We have kept the cost of the junior race the same to encourage entire families to continue participating.

Where’s the money go?

The Mount Marathon Race has grown exponentially since the first official running in 1915. These days, providing a great race day experience for our 1,000 runners and up to 30,000 spectators is an enormous effort that requires hundreds of volunteers. Planning the race is a year-round effort by our dedicated, all-volunteer race committee and our small Seward Chamber staff (they volunteer many extra hours as well).

Race registration and lottery fees help pay for essential expenses.

Race registration and lottery fees are used to help pay for the hard costs associated with the race, which total approximately $85,000.

Expenses include race essentials—such as timing equipment, bibs, safety equipment, facility rentals, equipment rentals, port-a-potties, waste management, etc.—and items that enhance the race experience (for example, finisher and volunteer shirts, patches, awards, etc.).

Our objective is to keep the cost of participating manageable while covering the costs of this nonprofit event. Many other events our size have registration fees upwards of $125.

Support from our auction and race partners helps cover remaining expenses.

Other types of race income—such as auction revenue and cash sponsorships—help pay for the balance of race expenses and the Seward Chamber’s nonprofit staff time.

Generous support from our race partners also helps fund other expenses, such as race swag (like those sweet trail gaiters in 2018 from Altra Running), the Fourth of July fireworks display (sponsored by Seward Subway), and runner hydration (courtesy of Powerade).

The Mount Marathon Race is a nonprofit event benefitting the entire community of Seward.

Any remaining race proceeds support the Seward Chamber’s work to build a vibrant year-round economy in Seward. Proceeds from one raffled race entry support the Seward Community Foundation.

By participating in the Mount Marathon Race, you’re directly contributing to the health of our small coastal community. Thank you to all of our runners, partners, and volunteers who make this iconic Alaska event so special!