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The return of Seward’s iconic Mt. Marathon race in 2021 will bring a host of changes. After COVID forced the cancellation of last year’s event, runners will once again beat a path up the mountain’s imposing slope this July. The upcoming 93rd race will be held on Wednesday, July 7, a move away from the traditional Fourth of July date in hopes smaller crowds will mitigate COVID risk.

Changes to registration rules accompany the new date this year, with several measures enacted to protect those who were set to run in last year’s cancelled race. Those with priority registration status who were not on the 2020 roster must petition the race committee between March 16-31 and explain their situation in a bid to regain entry. Additionally, the weighted lottery selection process by which the race has allowed entry in past years has been suspended for adults in 2021. The lottery for juniors remains intact, with the open lottery period now extended to March 31.

One-Time Earned and Petition Race Spots will still be open. The petition period began on March 16 and runs through March 31. The confirmation period for those on the 2020 roster to commit to the 2021 race or defer to 2022, initially set to expire on March 15, has also now been extended to March 31. For petition forms and more information on updates to all registration rules, visit