General Travel Planning
We recommend booking your trip (flight, bike transport, rental car, hotels) as soon as you possibly can after registering. Keep in mind that July is tourist season in Alaska and everything fills quickly under normal circumstances.
We also recommend, at the very least, you arrive in Anchorage a full 48 hours before the event. If you can get there even earlier, you should. 48-hours does technically allow for enough time to pickup your rental car, make your way to Seward, pickup your packet (Thursday or Friday), do the practice swim (Friday Morning), attend the mandatory meeting (Friday Afternoon), relax, and be in bed to get plenty of rest before the event starts at 5am on Saturday morning. The event concludes on Saturday, whenever you finish, or 11pm, whatever comes first. The next morning (Sunday) we will have a brunch at 10am during which we will present the finisher's items (knife and shirt), overall charity awards, and take the group photo. Plan on dismissing on Sunday around Noon.
Return flights, assuming you want to be at the Finisher's Brunch, should be scheduled no earlier than 3pm Sunday. That means that most trips will need to be a total of at least 4-days / 3-nights. We hope that you and your support crew, family, friends decide to come earlier and stay later to explore all the fun, adventure, and beauty Alaska has to offer. Check all ALASKA TOURISM for more info.
Flights & Rental Cars
We recommend you book your roundtrip flight(s) and rental car from Anchorage International Airport, Alaska. There are no commercial flights available to Seward (swim start) or Girdwood (finish). If you're flying in you have to come into Anchorage International. There are plenty of rental car companies at the Anchorage International Airport as well.