(FREE photos by Pat Irwin and Lynn Spencer)
Mark your calendars! The 2013 Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Marathon is scheduled for March 9th in beautiful Homer, Alaska!
We will have a touring division for the 25k event. Same course, same fees – it just starts an hour earlier (9:30am instead of 10:30am). The goal is to encourage people who might be intimidated by the idea of a race to come out and enjoy this incredible trail!
There are three event options: 25K race, 42K race, or 25k tour. The 25k tour will start at 9:30am. The races run concurrently, starting at 10:30, with mass starts about 5 minutes (Homer time) apart. The course, which begins at the Lookout Mountain Nordic ski trails and ends at the Baycrest Nordic ski trails, is challenging, varied, and truly “cross-country”. There is no other venue quite like it, and if you haven’t done the race before, you owe it to yourself to do it this year. You’ll be glad you did. (A profile of the 2010 Marathon course from GPS data compiled by Kevin Walker can be viewed here.)
A shuttle bus will leave from the Sterling Highway Trailhead at 9:00am to transport skiers to the start. There will not be a return shuttle. Note that this will be too late for the touring skiers (sorry! you’ll have to find your own way to the start). Registration and bib pickup is at Lookout Mountain from 9:00am to 10:15am.
Post Race Awards Party:
The awards party will be at Alice’s Champagne Palace at 5pm. Soup, salad, bread, cash bar, door prizes. Adults/young adults (high school and up) – $10; big kids (6-12) $5; little kids free.
Note About Refunds:
No refunds will be given for any reason, including race cancellation. All of the funds from the race go to KNSC for all of their activities, including trail work, grooming, and a variety of other activities which benefit trail users and skiers. Putting on the race involves a lot of costs, many of which are not recovered if the race is canceled. Refunding entry fees is not done by the other major American Ski Marathon races including those in Alaska.
Online registration has closed. Please register and pick up your bib in person at the race start (Lookout) from 9:00-10:15am on March 9.
Advanced registration (save $$) is available online, or you can register by snail mail. For mail-in registration and further information about time/place/fees, download the 2013 Marathon Registration Form or contact Marylou Burton.