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Highlights the beauty of the Spencer Glacier and history of the Alaska Railroad as racers retrace the glacier’s recession over the last 100 years.

This race is a benefit for KMTA’s programming. Proceeds could help expand equitable access to outdoor learning opportunities for Alaskan youth, or fund a community trail project. It could help restore natural habitat, foster inclusive outdoor recreation, or even support the preservation of a historical building.

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LOCATION

Take the Alaska Railroad to the starting line of the race!   The cost of your ticket is included in your race registration fee.

All participants must depart from the Portage Train Depot (Mile 80.3 of the Seward Highway – Look for the small red-roofed building adjacent to the Seward Highway with a large parking lot; the railroad tracks are visible on the opposite, north side of the parking lot.)

DEPARTURE & RETURN OPTIONS

DEPARTURE:

The night before (exact date TBD) – Train departs the Portage Railroad Depot at 1:25 PM. Be at the train station at 1:15 PM. Participants that choose to go the day before will receive their tickets at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop the day of the race.

Day of (exact date TBD) – Train departs the Portage Railroad Depot at 1:25 PM. Be at the train station by 12:45 PM to receive your ticket and bib from a race greeter.

RETURN:

Day of – Train departs from the Spencer Whistle Stop at 4:45 PM. Be at the train stop by 4:30 PM

All train tickets and travel will be coordinated by KMTA.  Questions can be directed to Karen Lewis at karenlewis@kmtacorridor.org

Do not contact the Alaska Railroad.

BIB/TRAIN TICKET PICK UP

All Participants will park at the Portage Train Depot, Arriving at 12:45 PM to get Bibs.

Bib Pick-Up will take place at the Portage Depot the day before the race (If participants are overnighting at Spencer Glacier ) or the day of.

If leaving on the day before train please go to the Portage Depot to see a Chugach Adventures/KMTA representative for your bib packet. If departing on the day of the race, a Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm NHA representative will give you your bib packet.

COST

COST

The 2023 Race Costs have not been determined. Please check back.

No refunds will be given.

RACE COURSE

The start of the race is only accessible by riding on the Alaska Railroad. The course will begin at the Spencer Whistle Stop of the Alaska Railroad and follow the Spencer Glacier Trail to Spencer Lake. From Spencer Lake participants will run the Spencer Glacier Overlook to the end of the trail and then turn around and race back to the Chugach Adventures Base Camp located at the boat launch for a total of 5 Miles.

There is a 3:45 PM cutoff for the turnaround at the end of the trail (which is 1.5 Miles from the boat launch). All participants must be to the boat launch by 4 PM.

To return to the Whistle Spot participants may walk back to the Whistle Stop or wait for a shuttle provided by Chugach Adventures.

RACE FORMAT

All Participants will arrive at the Spencer Whistle Stop courtesy of the Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train between 1:50 PM to 2 PM.

  • 2:25 PM – One WAVE (ALL 60 Participants) NOTE: Wave start time will be determined by the arrival time of the Glacier Discovery Train to the Spencer Whistle Train Stop. Race will commence approximately 25 minutes after arrival of the train to allow all Ranger led hikers, public hikers/campers to clear the area.

AGE LIMITS

The Spencer 5M Dash is open to all participants over the age of 16. If you have a youth that would also like to participate please contact us.

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Spencer Glacier, one of the whistlestops of the Alaska Railroad, was named for Edward A. Spencer, a timekeeper for the railroad. The year was 1914 when Spencer left camp at mile 55 late in the day without a lantern. He never returned. His body was recovered from a crevasse one year after his disappearance.

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

COMING IN JUNE

STAY TUNED FOR 2023 RACE INFORMATION!

This race is under permit Chugach National Forest.

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