Every March, athletes flock to Kenai to participate in this truly epic 100k race along pisten-bully groomed snow trails. Racing along Caribou Hills on the outskirts of Homer, close to Kenai, athletes choose whether they run, ski or fat bike on this incredible journey that requires completion in less than 24 hours. The race starts at McNeil Canyon Elementary School, and supporters urge them on as they battle one of the most demanding races in the world.

Hosted by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, 2017’s event takes place March 4th. It might be the spring solstice, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it in Kenai. Athletes are required to have proof of endurance and training by completing previous races such as the Susitna 100, Sheep Mountain 150 or Ultra Sport.

The Race is On

An incredibly challenging but popular race, registrations can sell out. However, many travelers come to Kenai to cheer the athletes on. Trails can change drastically year to year, and pre-race training is offered in Homer. The Nordic Club also offers private ski lessons, a youth program and a women’s program.

The Epic 100 trails are located in very remote Alaskan backcountry, several hours from help. Any breakdowns require athletes to be wholly self-sufficient with the ability to stay warm and safe. Some parts of the trails are ungroomed and wild. However, completing the Epic 100 guarantees bragging rights for a lifetime.