Alyeska Climbathon 2021


Based on the safety and health of our community and participant survey results, the Alyeska Climbathon has decided to offer two event types for 2021! There will be a 200 climber limit "open" virtual climb September 1-10, and a 200 climber limit competitive event on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Note that you can sign up for both, but your virtual climb registration (only) will not allow you to participate in the Saturday event. 

Event Registration for either the Virtual or Competitive Events will be limited to 200 participants each. 

You can sign up for both events but your virtual event registration will not allow you to participate in the competitive event.

On-line registration closes Thursday, August 26th 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-10th, 2021. 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, 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 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 10th 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.

Will the event be timed?

The virtual event is untimed.

Will the results be posted?

Yes, if you email your results (unofficial) to we will post them along side the competitive event results as in past years.

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

Registered virtual event climbers will receive event swag and have access to a ceremonial bib that they can use to accent their participation pictures. A swag bag will be available at the Alyeska Resort Tram Ticket Office starting September 1st (and avaible through September 10) during posted business hours.

We encorage you to use your 2021 Virtual Climbathon bib for 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.


The Alyeska Climbathon is a multi-lap, all day event September 11, 2021 on the North Face Trail (NFT) at Alyeska Ski Resort. Climbers run/speed hike/walk up the approximately 2.2 mile hiking trail ascending 2,000 vertical feet from the Hotel Alyeska to the top terminal of the Alyeska Aerial Tram.

A lap begins at the tram base, climbs the North Face Trail and is counted at the top of the tram. Participants descend the tram and repeat over and over.

Over the course of 10 hours, climbers lap the trail as many times as physically possible. The event starts at 9am at the base of the tram and finishes at 7pm at the top of the Tram. The winner of the Climbathon makes the most up the North Face Trail before 7pm. At the 2019 Climbathon, Mikey Connelly crushed the long standing vertical record by climbing 13 laps up the North Face! Mikey churned out 26,325 vertical and 28.6 miles of running. This is the equivalent of climbing Annapurna in a day! The field of 325 climbers made a combined 1,160 laps, 2,349,000 vertical and 2,552miles on the trail while raising over $90K for GYN cancer programs. Seven climbers in the field made 10 laps or more; Denali in a day!


  • Event registration will be limited to the first 200 climbers that register for each event type.
  • Participants can register twice for the virtual and competitive events - but the virtual registration only does not allow participation in the competitive event.
  • Online registration closes when the field is full.
  • Registration transfers and / or "bib swaps" are not permitted.
  • Competitive event Express Bib Pick Up! Scan and email your signed event liability/model release and COVID mitigation info forms to the event email found on the registration confirmation and we will have your bib, lap counter bracelet (if used), and gift ready to go at the pre-event sign up (see below) or at the base of the Alyeska Aerial Tram event day. Please Note: you will get an email confirmation that your forms have been received – if you do not get confirmation please contact us – as we will not have your express materials ready!
  • Competitive event bib pick up will also be available on Friday, September 10th from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm during our pre-event sign-in.
  • Competitive event race-day bib pick up will be available at the base of the Alyeska Aerial Tram on Saturday, September 11th beginning at 7am.
  • Competitive event official start time is 9am. The Climbathon is a rain or shine event. You must pass through the timing station at the top of the mountain to be officially scored.
  • Competitive event official finish time is 7pm. Laps completed after 7pm will not be counted. No partial laps will be counted. You are expected to notify event staff when you are done lapping the North Face.

Results for both events will be announced after the event (time TBD). We will be recognizing:

  • Mens & womens individual vertical accomplishments.
  • Team vertical accomplishments.

The Alyeska Tram schedule information will be posted prior to the event - please check back!

  • In order for the Tram to depart on schedule, the doors must be closed (so the system can initiate a trip) at least 30 seconds before the trip begins. Once the trip has been initiated, there is no option to open the doors.
  • During the course of the event, it may be necessary for the Tram to make an unscheduled trip to take down garbage. It is Alyeska Resort policy that only staff is allowed to ride the tram when there is a garbage run. In most instances, the departure schedule will be maintained (that is, the trash might head down at 4 minutes after, but the normally scheduled tram will be available for departure at the 0).
  • The trail sweep will begin at approx. 6:15 from the base of the tram and go up the NFT. If you are not completing laps in under an hour, we will respectfully request that you do not start another lap after 6pm, as it will not be counted unless you are at the top by 7pm.
  • Please leave your dogs at home.
  • Hiking poles are allowed. An asterisk will appear next to your lap tally when you use poles.


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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