Plan to arrive early at APU (25K) or Service High School (40K & 50K). It’ll take a while to get oriented and locate the starting line (especially if you haven’t raced in the TOA before) and participants can wait indoors until it’s time to head out for their wave.
The following tips may make the event more enjoyable for skiers.
- If possible, arrange for a drop off and pick up. Parking space is limited at the starting lines, in particular.
- Racers may plan on plenty of food and water at the feed stations along the way, but bring some nourishment and water with you. Organizers stock a number of tables (see race map for locations) along the course with Gatorade, water, and a variety of snacks like bagels and bananas.
- Abide by race etiquette and common courtesy, such as skiing along the right side of the trail so faster skiers may pass. TOA organizers send out an email prior to race day outlining other helpful etiquette – read it.
- Reserve an extra ounce of emotional energy and physical strength for the final two kilometers of solid uphill to Kincaid Stadium. You’ll need it.
- Race with a friend. Certainly, you can go it alone, and many do, but, in my opinion, the TOA is best experienced with a partner. It is exceptionally rewarding to cross the finish line with someone else after having traversed the City together!
Skiers may register for the event at www.tourofanchorage.com. On race day, the best spots to catch the action for spectators include the starting lines, Westchester Lagoon’s water station, Point Woronzof on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and the Kincaid Park stadium finish line.