49K Ultra

United Physical Therapy 49K Ultra

Sunday, August 18, 2024 8:00AM - 3:30PM

We are awarding one randomly chosen finisher an Alaska Airlines round trip ticket. You don’t need to be the fastest runner, just the luckiest!

2023 Alaska Airlines Round Trip Ticket Winner – Elly S.

Course Overview

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

  1. Earthquake Park at Mile 4
  2. Point Woronzof at approximately Mile 5.5
  3. Kincaid Park at Mile 10.5
  4. Near Goose Lake at approximately Mile 23.5
  5. Christensen hill at approximately Mile 29.5

Field Limit

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.

Time Cut-off

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 by 3:00 PM.

RRCA state Championship Event

Awards For:

  • Open male and female
  • 40+ male and female
  • 50+ male and female
  • 60+ male and female

USATF Certified

The Anchorage Runfest 5K course is USATF certified.

Course Map

Registration Goodies

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.