March 16, 2019
Entry fees increase on March 1
Registration open through March 14
New 100k route this year!
First 60 racers to register get a Homer Epic Swix beanie or a Buff!
The Homer Epic is a 50 km or 100 km human-powered winter race in the Caribou Hills on some of the most scenic winter trails you will find. Ski, bike, or run. The race is capped at 100 participants, so don't miss your chance. Weather permitting, we will have a PistenBully (a.k.a. snow cat) groomed trail, suitable for skate-skiing. Updates will also appear on facebook.
Time Limit: 24 hours
Schedule for the 2019 Epic
Friday, 15 March, 6 pm: optional social get-together and early bib pick-up (Location TBD)
Saturday, 16 March, 7 am: Bib pick-up and mandatory pre-race meeting (at McNeil Canyon Fire Station)
8 am: start of the 100 km and 50 km races
Sunday, 17 March, 10 am: post-race social (at The Bagel Shop)
1McNeil Canyon Fire Station: 53048 Ashwood Ave, Homer, AK 99603
Note: Please park at McNeil Canyon Elementary School and follow the short trail to the Fire Station
2The Bagel Shop: 3745 East End Road, Homer, AK 99603
There is a new 100 k route for the 2019 Homer Epic! Both the 50 km and 100 km routes will start and end at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station with vehicle parking at the McNeil Canyon Elementary School. The 50 km route is the same as the 2017-2018 routes. If weather conditions and private land owners allow, the 100 km route will include an additional out-and-back (25 km each-way) from Caribou Lake to Freddie’s Roadhouse located deep in the Caribou Hills. More information on the routes, including a printable map, elevation profiles and a Google Earth file is available here. GPS info will be updated soon.
Prior winter endurance experience
On registration form: List the winter ultra races you’ve completed. Such as Susitna 100, White Mountain 100, Sheep Mountain 150, Arrowhead 135, Ultra Sport, or other events. If you have not completed one of our listed winter races, no worries! Then please list any cold weather human-powered long distance experience that shows you are capable of finishing this winter 50/100km event on snow machine trails over very hilly terrain (2,650 ft of elevation gain on 50 km route, 5,500 ft / 100 km route) safely in under 24 hours.
NOTE: These are remote trails, many hours from help. If you break down during a snow storm you need to be self sufficient and safe and warm. These trails are not near town.
Cost: $155 for 100km Epic, $120 for the 50 km Epic
$255 for 100 km / $175 for 50 km late registration after Mar 1. 2019.
$200 fully-refundable evacuation deposit to HCC.
Early-bird special, if you register BEFORE 1 January 2019!
What you'll get:
Checkpoints with water and snacks
Challenging and fun experience of a life time
Spectacular views if weather allows
First 60 racers to register get a Homer Epic Swix hat or Buff!
There are no refunds. All proceeds after costs will support the good work of the Homer Cycling Club (including building singletrack at Diamond Creek State Recreation Area near Anchor Point, installing bike racks around town, and the “Homer Shares the Road” program).
Headlamp (with new or fully charged batteries)
Rear flashing light (must be used after sunset at 8 PM)
Insulated water container(s) with capacity equal to two-quarts (64 oz) or more
Food (start with enough calories for YOU to complete the 50 or 100 k route within 24 hours)
Navigation (GPS, cycling computer or smartphone with Epic route loaded OR course map and compass and skills to use them)
Hooded, insulated and windproof jacket layer(s) to fit over your racing layers*
Insulated and windproof pant layer(s) to fit over your racing layers*
Water-proof jacket and pants (only if temperatures are near freezing and precipitation is forecast)
Whistle (may be a part of your gear)
Fire starter (matches or lighter)
$200 fully-refundable evacuation deposit (make checks out to HCC or Homer Cycling Club)
*These layers must be wind-proof and insulated and must cover your head, torso and legs. These layers can be a combination of layers (example: hooded fleece and hooded shell) or a single layer (example: hooded down jacket). These layers must be made from down, wool or synthetic materials. These layers must be carried in addition to your race layers.
Helmet (for bikers)
Kick wax and/or climbing skins (for skiers)
Snow-shoes (for runners in case conditions deteriorate)
Reflective clothing and reflective tape on equipment – so you can be seen by snow machines
SPOT, InReach, or similar tracker (note: there is almost no cell phone reception along the course)
Extreme conditions mittens & ski goggles
Sleeping Bag and tarp/bivy if you think you need additional warmth besides the required gear to stay warm if stopped for hours on the trail due to emergency
Extra top and bottom layers so you can remove sweaty race cloths if you need to stop
Extra neck-gator, hat, headband, gloves, and glove liners
sun glasses, sun screen
3,000 – 5,000 calories of extra emergency food
chemical hand/foot warmers
tools/repair kit for your equipment, knife or micro leatherman
first aid: ace bandage, mole skin, and Vaseline or bag balm (for body parts that rub)
extra batteries for headlamp and rear flashing light
TP (restrooms only at start/finish and Freddie’s Roadhouse (100 km checkpoint)
Money for food/beverage menu at Freddie’s Roadhouse (checkpoint snacks are free)
#1, stay safe!
#2, have fun!
No outside help. You will be disqualified if you receive any food, water, extra gear, or any help from a non-racer during the Homer Epic race outside of official checkpoints. You must carry everything you need from start to finish.
You can receive whatever is being offered by checkpoints. No stashes of extra gear, water, or food. You must carry everything you need from start to finish. You will be disqualified if you dump any gear or trash along the trail or at a check point.
Only racers can eat the snacks at start/finish or checkpoints.
You may receive some food, water, gear, or repair help from another racer if you are in dire straits and the other racer is willing and able to share and help.
You may change your mode of travel (bike/ski/run) by pre-race meeting, but must let race officials know. If you know for sure you want to change before race day, email us (see link below).
Stay to the right side of trail and always yield to the snow machines. They can really fast and could be coming from any direction.
Don’t let your MP3 player block the sound of oncoming snow machines.
You need to be 18 or older (or approved by HCC — see email link below).
Rear flashing light must be used after sunset at 8 pm for your safety!
HCC has the right to not allow an entrant to race if they show up without the required gear or do not appear self sufficient or prepared at the start of the race.
You must report back to the start/finish to let race officials know you are done or quitting in order to get your $200 evacuation deposit back. You have the option to quit and turn back on your own power from any checkpoint on the road system, where you can call a friend to pick you up. If you were picked up by a friend along the race route, you still need to report back to the finish to let us know you are OK. We do not want to keep your $200 evacuation deposit, but want to make sure you sign-out with us if you quit.
The course is sparsely marked, but navigation is your own responsibility.
NO DOGS or other pets
No parking in front of the Fire Hall at the start/finish
Sections of the 100 km race route cross private land only with permission from land owners. Do not this route other than on race day.
Sponsors and Supporters
We are super grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters, without whom we would not be able to put up this event! Please support their businesses. If you would like to bike, but don't have a fat bike, you can rent high quality fat bikes from two of our sponsors, Cycle Logical and Homer Saw and Cycle! Homer Saw and Cycle also sells nordic skis and equipment.
|distance [km]||mode||gender||first||last||bib||50 time||100 time||Rank|
|150||Bike||M||Chris||Robertson||76||03:15||06:58||150 B DNF|
|150||Bike||M||Lee||Fisher||57||03:22||07:23||150 B DNF|
|100||Bike||M||Joshua||Duffus||71||03:32||07:53||1 M B 100|
|100||Ski||F||Stephanie||Schmit||81||03:53||08:42||1 F S 100|
|100||Ski||F||Jenny||Neyman||82||04:34||09:06||2 F S 100|
|100||Bike||F||Bobette||Rowe||74||04:26||11:04||1 F B 100|
|100||Bike||F||Kori||Marchowsky||72||05:18||12:37||2 F B 100|
|100||Bike||M||Joseph||Miller||73||05:18||12:37||2 M B 100|
|100||Ski||M||Wilson||Platt||68||07:03||13:42||1 M S 100|
|100||Ski||F||Jacqueline||Klecka||70||07:03||13:42||3 F S 100|
|50||Bike||F||Tracy||Ballard||66||04:19||1 F B 50|
|100||Ski||M||Zack||Strong||64||04:22||100 M S DNF|
|50||Running||M||Jonathan||Richner||60||04:26||1 M R 50|
|50||Bike||F||Jessie||Goodrich||80||04:27||2 F B 50|
|50||Bike||F||Leisha||Nolen||65||04:28||3 F B 50|
|50||Bike||M||Patrick||Goodrich||79||04:28||1 M B 50|
|50||Bike||M||David||Story||84||04:28||2 M B 50|
|50||Bike||M||Ryan||Moody||58||04:31||3 M B 50|
|50||Ski||F||Jennifer||Bando||83||04:41||1 F S 50|
|50||Bike||F||Martha||Story||85||04:59||4 F B 50|
|50||Running||M||Torrey||Short||63||05:02||2 M R 50|
|50||Bike||M||Brett||Roth||75||05:30||4 M B 50|
|50||Running||M||Joshua||Brown||61||05:58||3 M R 50|
|50||Running||F||Lila||Johnson||59||06:36||1 F R 50|
|100||Bike||M||Chuck||Slagle||69||06:49||100 M B DNF|
|100||Ski||M||Zackery||Wright||67||07:05||100 M S DNF|
|50||Running||F||Andrea||Hambach||42||07:25||2 F R 50|
|50||Running||F||Yvonne||Leutwyler||4||07:25||3 F R 50|
|50||Running||M||David||Johnston||55||07:25||4 M R 50|
|50||Bike||M||Joe||Martin||77||07:51||5 M B 50|
|100||Running||F||Fallon||Connolly||78||08:28||100 F R DNF|
|100||Ski||M||Andy||Sterns||56||08:35||100 M S DNF|