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Mayor's Cup Snowmachine Race

The Mayor's Cup is a 150-mile cross-country snowmachine race set on a 25 mile loop around Hogsback Glacier and the Valdez Glacier Flats. The race has been an annual tradition in Valdez since 1998; each year the current mayor of Valdez waves the green flag to start the race. Event coordinators bill the race as: "it ain't for babies". 

Video from Valdez Snowmachine Club

How To Get There

Spectators are able to view the event from the Start/Finish line at the Valdez Pipe Yard. The Pipe Yard is located along the Richardson Highway, just past Old Town Valdez

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Race classes include Pro, Semi-Pro, Veterans, Junior Pro (14 to 17) and Junior (9 to 13). Prize money is awarded; the 2021 purse held $20,000. Registration for the races is usually available in person the day before the race, or online a week before the race. Registration info is posted on the the Valdez Snowmachine Club Facebook page.

snowmachiners talking at the starting line for a snowmachine race

Photo by Jiyeon Juno Kim


The Mayor's cup is a great event for spectators. Ample parking at the Valdez Pipe Yard is available for free. The wide open space allows fans to view the start and end of the race up-close. Food trucks at the event provide coffee and snacks for fans to stay warm. Local flightseeing tour operators offer helicopter tours over the race course for spectators to watch the snowmachine race from above!

a foodtruck and spectators near a snowmachine race

Photo by Stephen Bugno

2022 Race

The 2022 Mayor's Cup will be held the weekend of March 19-20, 2022 in Valdez, Alaska.  

Contact the Valdez Snowmachine Club at for more information or follow the Valdez Snowmachine Club Facebook page for updates. 

Snowmachiner at the 2021 Mayor's Cup

Photo by Jiyeon Juno Kim

Discover More

Sound and Valley News covers the origins of the Mayor's Cup Race and the long-standing role the Mayor's Cup has held in the Valdez community.

Planning a trip to Valdez to watch or race in the next Mayor's Cup? Contac the Valdez Visitors Center for travel planning assistance or information on local accommodations, restaurants and other activities while you're discovering Valdez.