Kesugi Ridge Traverse

 
 
Results also can be found here
 
Thanks to everyone who came out for the race, runners, family friends, and volunteers alike. We had a great time and can't wait to see you all next year.
 
 
 
 
 
When: Saturday, September 7th, 2013, Race start 9AM
Where: Denali State Park
Entry Fee: $60 on-line, Race day sign-up $75, if roster not already filled. Limited to 60 entrants.
Sign-up: Roster is FULL! See below to find out how to get your hands on a bib.
 
 
 
Race Course: Point to point, starting at Little Coal Creek Trailhead to Byers Lake. Race finish will be at Byers Lake, with a pre-race meeting at Little Coal Creek Trailhead before the start. Course is approximately 28-30 miles. Good descriptions of the course can be found in two different hiking guides: the 5th edition of "55Ways to the Wilderness" by Nienhueser & Wolfe Jr. and "Hiking Alaska" by Littlepage.
 
 
A brief course description: Starting around 1200 feet, The trail climbs steadily to above tree line to a high, alpine ridge. The trail is marked with cairns in most places. About halfway, the Ermine Hill trail comes in from the right. Then, the trail descends into a forested valley at about 1500 feet. It again climbs up above tree line until it descends to Byers Lake via the Cascade Trail. There has been a lot of work completed on the Cascade Trail in the last two years, implementing switchbacks to make the trail both safer and to improve drainage. The course will finish up in the Byers Lake campground with food and drinks. We will e-mail more specific directions and distances the week before the race. See pictures below for a couple of good visual directions.
 
 
Please be aware: This is not a course for beginning trail runners. There are significant climbs and difficult terrain. If you have never traveled the course before, we strongly encourage you to do so. The trail will not be marked, so familiarity with it will be very important. Please do not over-estimate your abilities! The most common, recurring theme regarding weather descriptions reads "lousy weather, cold winds and poor visibility are common". If you have never run a marathon or race of this distance, please reconsider signing up. If you have only run road marathons, but never tackled trail running, please reconsider signing up. Running the Crow Pass Crossing or Resurrection Pass 50 would be a good personal pre-requisites.
Race finish
 
Close to Stonehenge Hill
 
Heading down the Cascade Trail
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