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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, August 20, 2017
2016: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 57°F (13°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 50° F (10°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.91
Course Score: 98.40

Race Size

2016: 271 Finishers
2015: 320 Finishers
2014: 295 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 16.2%
2015: 10.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

Race Day Weather Forecast

Race Day Temperatures High: 57°F  (14°C)
Low: 47°F  (8°C)

Race Start Conditions

49°F  (9°C)

Mostly Cloudy
ENE 2 mph 

PR Score
(Normal Score)


Course Score


The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance.
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Course Description

No course description available at this time.

Marathon Rankings

The Mooses Tooth Marathon was the 228th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 205th largest in 2015.

Last year 16.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Mooses Tooth Marathon the 80th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 165th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.40 ranks it as the 277th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Alaska.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mooses Tooth Marathon a PR Score of 97.91. This PR Score ranks it as the 270th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Alaska.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 188 feet (57m)
Min Elevation: 13 feet (3m)


Recent Mooses Tooth Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Mooses Tooth Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


In 2016 there was a movie night at Bear's tooth Thursday evening. Anchorage has a great running community and the place was packed for the selection of short running movies.
Race day was also good. Post-race massages and food were excellent.

Race Tips

The course has a total of 511ft of elevation gain. It is nearly completely flat aside from some small climbs around mile 5 and 12 during the coastal out and back and then a long gradual (beside a creek) climb up the Chester creek trail towards Goose lake (peaking around mile 20) and then a short 90 ft climb up to the finish at mile 26.
Very fast course and great for a PR. The weather is ideal for running this time of year.
Feel free to check out the Strava map for the course here

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2013 Mooses Tooth Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a well run small to mid-size race (330 in full; 1000 in half. It has a very scenic course and can pretty much guarantee cool running temps. A few hills and false flats but mainly a flat course so PR's can be had. How many marathons can boast a good chance that you'll encounter a moose?

Race Tips

Race begins in downtown Anchorage but is mainly run on a paved bike path. The course is basically 2 out and backs. Two hills on the first out and back. The second out and back is a gradual up out but then gradually down when you need it on the final 10K. A short steep hill @ 25.5 hurts so be ready. Plenty of water stops and some gel also available.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are a few host hotels w/in walking distance of expo and start/finish area but they are pricey. In fact Anchorage is generally a little pricey so even staying out of downtown isn't cheap. I parked @ the JC Penny garage which was super close and not too expensive. I arrived @ race 90 minutes early and could've arrived later.

review of 2013 Mooses Tooth Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized race with scenic views and the occasional moose. This is a small race of about 300-400 finishers and very well done. There are no on course race clocks, no big deal.

Race Tips

Most up hill portion in first 8 miles or so. Most of course is on paved trails. Easiest race day parking ever and it was free. Plenty of port-o-lets in the corral area.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Meter parking was free and plentiful on the weekend. Humpy's has great Alaskan food of comparable portions. Skinny Raven sports and Expo at Dena'ina Center are all a few blocks from the race start.

Finish Time Equivalent

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