Race Course Description
The Chena River to Ridge race will take racers around maintained snowmachine trails in the Chena River Recreation Area east of Fairbanks. It is a challenging race course with big ascents, fast downhills, blind turns, and outstanding views as the trail climbs high above the valley floor. Racers can either travel by ski, bike, or on foot. The short course will follow an approx 26 mile loop and the longer course will include a second loop that is 25 miles long for an approx total of 55 miles. Each loop will have an aid station at their approximate halfway point with hot/cold beverages and sweet/savory snacks. After the race, you can go and soak in the outdoor pond at Chena Hot Springs resort, about 30 minutes away. Come out and join us Saturday, February 29, 2020!
Trail conditions can vary substantially from year to year and every effort is made to make them passable for fat bike, foot, and ski travel on race day. Nevertheless, be prepared for soft trail conditions if we get a fresh snowfall the week of the event. The grades on the trail rarely exceed 10 percent, so the entire course is ride-able for cyclists. In most years, fat bikers have encountered at least short stretches of hike-a-biking, and in rare years, runners have benefited from carry lightweight snowshoes (like in 2018). The trail is relatively narrow and classic skis are ideal for this race course, although there are some short sections where the trail widens up enough for skate skiing. However, a precedent was set in 2015 when the winner of the 50-mile division did it on shorty skate skis. In 2016, all the top 50-milers skated.
A fee of $100 will be billed to the racer in the event of an evacuation. A check will need to be mailed to the race director within 90 days of the end of the race, or the racer will not be allowed to enter the race again.
Local time: 5:14 PM
A fee of $100 will be billed to any racer who scratches and self-evacuates without notifying the Race Marshall (HQ).