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Veins of Gold 2024

Sat August 17, 2024 Palmer, AK 99645 US Directions


Veins of Gold Mountain Race

$95 9:00AM AKDT - 5:00PM AKDT
127 spots left. Registration closes on July 5, 2024 at 11:59pm AKDT and re-opens on July 6, 2024 at 12:00am AKDT
Open to ages 16 - 92.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


N Mountain Trails Dr
Palmer, AK US 99645


Starting at Government Peak Recreation Area parking lot runners will make their way up Government Peak via the race trail. Once to the top of Government Peak participants will continue to follow the ridge line over to April Bowl and down to the Summit Lake Parking lot. Once at the parking lot runners will continue down the road to Independence Mine! The race itself is about 8 miles with around 5,000ft vertical gain. This race is challenging and covers a variety of terrain including steep uphill trail, loose rock, shale, tundra, dirt road and a tiny portion of paved road at the very end.  Weather and conditions can change the terrain very quickly making it more difficult/dangerous. It is ultimately the responsibility of the participant to be aware of their surroundings.


Registration Dates for 2024:

Registration will open on October 29th, 2023 at 8am and closes on August 3rd at 11:59pm 
*See pricing by dates at the very bottom of this page*


Alaska Mountain Rescue Group

is a nonprofit volunteer search and rescue organization that will be out on the course during our race. They are a huge asset to our community and we hope you help us support them!

10% of your registration fee will be going to Alaska Mountain Rescue Group. When you see them out on the course be sure to thank them for their time & support.

Learn more about AMRG.



Race Date:

Saturday, August 17th, 2024



Race Start: 9am
DAY OF Bib Pickup: 7:00-8:30am
Mandatory Race Meeting: 8:40-8:50am

Early Bib Pickup: 
Thursday, August 15th 5:00pm-7:00pm
WASILLA AKtive Soles 
984 N. Meridian Pl, Suite D
Wasilla, AK 99654



If you are not comfortable in the backcountry, with vertical gain and loose footing this race is not for you. Due to safety for all runners we require you to carry at least 500 calories, a light jacket, hat/gloves AND bear spray.


Weather Considerations/Terrain:

Due to unpredictable mountain weather we reserve the right to cancel the race at any point due to weather/safety concerns.



Not adhering to the below rules may result in time penalty or disqualification, it will be left up to the race organizers discretion.
Bibs: Bibs MUST be visible on the front of the body at all times.  If wearing layers be prepared to adjust your bib as needed.
Timing Chips: Your timing chip will be attached to the back of your bib, if possible please keep your bib on the front of your shirt or shorts so we can easily see your number for both safety and timing!
Assisting Runners In Need:  If you encounter a runner in need of help/distress you must stop, not assisting a runner in need will result in disqualification. Time spent giving assistance to another participant will be taken into account by race organizers to adjust finishing time.
Recommended Gear: We highly recommend carrying the essential gear to maintain a higher capacity for safety in the mountains (see list below).
Staying On Course:  The course will be well marked and runners must stay on the route at all times for both safety and competition. Going off trail or cutting switchbacks is not allowed. If you end up off trail, please return to the point of departure and continue on.
Headphones: We highly recommend NOT wearing headphone for the safety of you and other racers.
Dropping Out: Runners may only drop at an aid station checkpoint.  In order to drop out find an aid station volunteer to record your drop.  This will help us avoid unnecessary search efforts.
No Littering: Trash receptacles will be available at all aid stations. Please do not dispose of trash outside of the aid stations.
Sportsmanship: Poor Sportsmanship will not be tolerated toward any participant, volunteer or worker this can result in immediate disqualification.
Cutoff Times: There will be a strict cutoff of 2.5 hours at the top of Government Peak to continue on.
No Dogs: Although we would love to see everyone's dog they are not allowed on the course due to safety for other participants, you and your dog. 
Volunteers: Please thank any volunteer you see during your time at our event. They are simply amazing and make this race possible!  
Poles: Poles are acceptable on this race course


Cut Off Time:

There will be a strict cutoff of 2.5 hours at the top of Government Peak to continue on. If you decide to turn around at ANY point you MUST do so at an aid station!


Aid Stations & Course Markings

We plan to have at least 3 aid stations throughout the course. Although we will have aid stations with water and food, please do not fully rely on them for nutrition/water.
Aid Station #1.  Halfway up Gov Peak (once you're above tree line) gummy bears
Aid Station #2. Gov. Peak - gummy bears, water & skratch lab gummies
Aid Station #3. Hatch Peak - gummy bears, water & skratch lab gummies

The course will be marked with wooden orange stakes and orange ground stake flags and occasional large stakes with signs.


Required & Recommended Gear:

Minimum 500 calories
Bear Spray 
Light Jacket
Hat and gloves

Space Blanket: In case of emergencies, or if you run into someone who needs one.
Whistle: In the event of an emergency, you can bring attention to yourself.
Running Vest AND/OR 16 oz Water Carrying Capacity
Satellite Communication: inReach, Spot, etc.

Food Reserves: To avoid bonking/crashing while climbing and running
Long Sleeve: Additional layer of protection when the temps are low or precipitation is forecasted
Rain/Wind Pants:  Being prepared for possible wind and rain is important as either can cause an extreme temperature drop in the mountains
Sunscreen: Keep your exposed skin protected
Phone with Emergency Numbers Added: There will likely be spotty service on the first half of the race and on the ridgeline however, you will be out of service once you drop down to summit lake.


Drop Bags:

We will be taking any drop bags for participants at the start and transport them to the finish line. Bags MUST be marked with your name. We are not responsible for any lost items. 



Due to the cost and effort of putting on these races we will not be offering refunds, deferrals, bib exchanges or race transfers.


Race Medals:

Race medals are for participant finishers, you will receive your race medal after completing the full marked course on August 19th, 2023. 


Parking & Location :

You can park at either Government Peak Recreation Area (Borough Pass) or Independence Mine (State Park Pass). There will not be a shuttle so please plan accordingly. However, if you absolutely can not find ride (from the finish line to the parking lot) please contact us at PRIOR to the race.
Parking passes are NOT included in the race fee, you can purchase a day pass or an annual pass. 

Starting Location:
Government Peak Recreation Area
N Mountain Trails Dr, Palmer, AK 99645

Ending Location:
Hatcher Pass Lodge
21623 Gold Cord Rd, Palmer, AK 99645



Check out the course details here!



Ages 16+ can register for our race.
*Keep in mind the difficulty level and the technicality of the race course. Please be comfortable with the terrain prior to signing up!


* Pricing:

10/29/23 - 12/31/23  = $85.00

01/01/2024 - 07/05/2024 = $95.00

07/06/2024 - 08/03/2024 = $105.00


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at


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