Homer Epic
March 16, 2019

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The Homer Epic is a 50 km or 100 km human-powered winter race in the Caribou Hills on some of the most scenic, marked winter trails you will find. Ski, bike, or run. The race is capped at 100 participants, don't miss your chance! Weather permitting, there will be a snowcat-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 pickup (at Beluga Lake Lodge)

  • Saturday, 16 March, 7 am: Bib pick-up (at McNeil Canyon Fire Station)

    • 7:45 am: Mandatory pre-race meeting

    • 8 am: Start of the 50 km and 100 km races

  • Sunday, 17 March, 8 am: Races end

    • 10 am: Post-race social (at The Bagel Shop)

1Beluga Lake Lodge: 204 Ocean Drive Loop, Homer (food & drinks available for purchase)
Note: $10/night discount available to racers on single rooms over race weekend
2McNeil Canyon Fire Station: 53048 Ashwood Ave, Homer
Note: Please park at McNeil Canyon Elementary School and follow the short trail to the Fire Station
3The Bagel Shop: 3745 East End Road, Homer (bagel sandwiches & coffee drinks available for purchase)

Route

There is a new 100 km 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 a loop out to Caribou Lake and back (similar to the 2017 & 2018 route). If weather conditions during race week 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

Registering before December 31, 2018:

$110 for the 50 km Epic

$135 for the 100 km Epic

And a $200 fully-refundable evacuation deposit to HCC (payable on race-day)

Registering on/after January 1, 2019:

$120 for the 50 km Epic

$155 for the 100 km Epic

And a $200 fully-refundable evacuation deposit to HCC (payable on race-day)

Registering on/after March 1, 2019:

$155 for the 50 km Epic

$200 for the 100 km Epic

And a $200 fully-refundable evacuation deposit to HCC (payable on race-day)

What you'll get

  • Awesome marked route

  • Checkpoints with water and snacks

  • Challenging and fun experience of a life time

  • Finisher medal

  • Spectacular views if weather allows

  • First 60 racers to register get a Homer Epic Swix hat or Buff!

Refund policy

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 Homer, and the “Homer Shares the Road” community awareness program).

Required gear

  • 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 (provided course map and a compass or a GPS/cycling computer/smartphone with Epic route loaded 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.

Recommended gear

  • Helmet (for bikers)

  • Kick wax and/or climbing skins (for skiers in case conditions deteriorate)

  • 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)

  • Mittens & ski goggles for extreme conditions

  • 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 socks

  • Extra neck-gator, hat, headband, gloves, and glove liners

  • sun glasses, sun screen

  • Neoprene socks (for runners)

  • Over-boots

  • 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

  • camera

  • 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)

Rules

  • #1, stay safe!

  • #2, have fun!

  • You must finish the race within 24 hours of starting. Cut-off times are established for checkpoints and you may be removed from the race if you don’t meet cut-off times. See route description for cut-off times.

  • 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, especially when climbing steep hills, 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.

Contact us

For more info, email us at: info@homerepic.com or call us at: 907-399-2174

Sponsors and supporters

 We are super grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters, without whom we would not be able to put on this event! Please support their businesses or mission. 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. If you find yourself riding these trails often, please consider a Snowmads membership. Snowmads spends thousands of dollars every year grooming winter trails and plowing several local trail heads.

Roster

Will be updated March 1, 2020

Results

Race results from the current and past years’ Homer Epic can be found here.

Volunteer

Sign-up to volunteer for the Homer Epic here