Three separate start times for this year’s 2022 Juneau Marathon, with the full marathon starting at 7 a.m. and the half marathon at 9 a.m. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Three separate start times for this year’s 2022 Juneau Marathon, with the full marathon starting at 7 a.m. and the half marathon at 9 a.m. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

The 2022 Juneau Marathon took off this year with higher attendance

“A true rainforest experience”

The 2022 Juneau Marathon took place Saturday at the Savikko Park on Douglas Island with three separate start times. 6 a.m. was the early marathon for those just looking to walk, 7 a.m. was the full marathon’s start time, with the half marathon starting at 9 a.m.

The 26.2-mile course was an out-and-back marathon rather than a loop. The first mile saw runners gain 75 feet in elevation, with it eventually evening out right at sea level.

The weather was cloudy with a little rain and a high temperature of 60 degrees, creating what race director David Epstein called, “A true rainforest experience.”

Epstein also said this year’s race attendance was up about 50% from last year.

“We had about 70 people register for the full marathon and about 125 for the half marathon,” he said. “I expect probably about 150 finishers.”

Travelers helped account for this year’s relatively inflated number of participants, according to Epstein.

” We’ve got a lot of folks from out of town. We have a gentleman this year from Austria, he’s the person that traveled the farthest,” Epstein said. “I’m especially happy for the support I got from all of my volunteers this year and I hope everyone had a good time.”

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

Runners for the 2022 Juneau Marathon started the race at Savikko Park on Douglas Island and ran an out-and-back course in light rain on Saturday morning. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Runners for the 2022 Juneau Marathon started the race at Savikko Park on Douglas Island and ran an out-and-back course in light rain on Saturday morning. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

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