Alyeska Climbathon 2020


Event Registration (how many participants) will be open, but event buffs will be limited to the first 300 climbers that sign up.

On-line registration closes Sunday, August 30th at the crack of Noon


What is the virtual Alyeska Climbathon?

The virtual Alyeska Climbathon can be run or walked on the North Face Trail at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood any time during the event dates from September 1st-12th, 2020. Run or walk on the trail (following local and state mandates and distancing guidelines).

Where can I run/walk?

On the North Face Trail at Resort Alyeska in Girdwood. You must follow local and state mandates and distancing guidelines in place at the time of the event and follow all rules of the trail and venue as you run/walk. There are two options for your route down, either take the tram or take an alternative trail down (this will be marked and confirmed to all climbers prior to the event date).

There are a number of things to consider with regard to Tram usage on event day(s) including different operation hours (10:00am to 6:00pm), the possibility of long wait times (the Trams are loaded with limited capacity for COVID safety and Climbathon climbers cannot be given priority), and the fact you will be required to wear a face mask (or your event buff) on the ride. Reduced climber and visitor capacity leaves no room for dogs – please leave your dogs on the valley floor!

Can I participate from out of State?

The virtual event will be held at Alyeska Resort on the North Face Trail. If you are not able to be there in person we encourage you to donate to the event or an event climber and cheer them on remotely!

Do I have to complete my laps all at one time?

You have between September 1st and September 12th to complete your laps. That can be completing the distance in one visit or breaking it up into multiple visits. We will have several local activities during the event dates and will update climbers on specifics before the event date.

Is there a Climber's room rate at Alyeska Resort this year?

Alyeska Resort is offering a special rate for participants of the 2020 Alyeska Virtual Climbathon. In addition to the special room rate, participants will also receive a voucher for fries from the Pond Cafe to be used during their stay. This offer is good for the two-week duration of the event. For more information or to book your room, please click here.

Will the event be timed?

This year is an untimed event.

Will the results be posted?

Yes, if you email your results (unofficial) to we will post them after the race closes - on the site with the past years.

How will people know I'm in the virtual run?

The first 300 registered climbers will receive an event buff (and mini Chugach Chocolates bar) that they can use to accent their participation pictures and maintain social distancing protocols. A swag bag with the event buff, mini Chugach Chocolates bar, and hand sanitizer will be available at the Alyeska Resort Tram Ticket Office starting September 1st (and avaible through September 12) during posted business hours (Monday-Sunday, 9:30am-5:30pm).

We have also emailed a PDF version of the 2020 Virtual Climbathon bib to all registred climbers. Please feel free to print out and use on your climb for photos or social media posts – or simply to have as a memento. We highly encourage all climbers to take photos of their climb and post them to their social media and tag us on Facebook: @AlyeskaClimbathon

Anything else?

We will keep climbers updated with new information through the website:, on our Facebook page: @AlyeskaClimbathon and by email.


This is a mountain event in Girdwood in September.  The event venue ranges from the valley floor to the high Alpine.  Enough said.


As many dry shirts (plus 1) as the number of laps you intend to complete

A post climb set of long pants and a coat.

BYOB.  Bring your own water bottle(s)!  We discourage the use of single serve vessels as they contribute to waste, having your own bottle will reduce the waste generated during this event.

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