The 2014 Tanana River Challenge is set for March 22nd. Registration and more details to follow in the next few weeks.
Thanks for a great day racers, volunteers and sponsors!
Have you ever dreamed of a late March traverse up the frozen Tanana River from Nenana to Fairbanks? Did that vision also include aid-stations and a party afterwards? Well if it did, you’re in luck. Join us for the 1st running of the Tanana River Challenge (TRC); an endurance race to include skiers, skijorers, and bikers. The race course will follow the mighty and frozen Tanana River from Nenana to Fairbanks; a distance of roughly 100 kilometers*! Racers will enjoy the warm spring sunshine, the frozen river beneath, and the beautiful landscape that is interior Alaska!
This event is a re-incarnation of the much-loved Equinox Ultra-Ski 100k Challenge which was held over the same course and run for many years by Audun and Sally Endestad of Fairbanks. It is a celebration of traveling together on fast and crusty spring snow, on the wide expanse of the frozen Tanana, and through the remote unknown between Nenana and Fairbanks. You’ll have occasional glimpses of distant peaks in the Hayes Range as you wind your way upriver past fish camps, spruce islands, and scenic bluffs. As Audun always used to say, “You’ll finish with the sun on your shoulders and a smile on your face.”
*The 2013 course is roughly 80km. The route can change from year to year depending on the trail. Future races may be close to or more than 100km.