It's June, so that can mean only one thing—well, June brings about several things—but, in this instance, the reference is to the Mayor's Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. This year will mark the 40th running of the popular local event.
Per the race's official website, the Mayor's Marathon is recognized as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. In addition to that, winners who set a course record will earn cash prizes, per Anchorage.net.
Last year's winners were Matthew Adams and Kate Hails on the men's and women's sides, respectively.
Here is a look at the specifics for the event:
When: Saturday, June 22, 12 p.m. ET
Where: Anchorage, Alaska
This year's event will have a different starting point. Per Kevin Wells of KTUU.com, the race will culminate at the Delaney Park Strip instead of West High School, as it has in the past. Per Wells, the change was made to provide a more spacious and scenic look to the finish line.
Here is a look at the map from the official website:
The full marathon spans 26.2 miles and reaches its highest elevation point of 550 feet at the 14.5-mile mark. You can view the full chart here, bu the image below displays the distance and elevation.
The high altitude will test the runners' endurance through the beginning to middle portions of the race. As things wind down, the altitude drops sans a slight uphill run to the finish line.
It should be a cool, but dry day for the participants. Per Weather.com, the forecast says it will be partly cloudy with a high of 67 degrees. The low is 51 degrees—which may be closer to the valid temperature at race time—and there is only a 10 percent chance of rain.
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