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Susitna 100 & Little Su 50K

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100 Mile, 50 K
Susitna Valley, Alaska
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The current 100-mile course has evolved through a history of tradition, opportunism, stubbornness, and confusion. The rivers and lakes on the course can be oriented to the U.S. Geological Survey's Tyonek Quadrangle, should the truly curious want a clearer picture of what the course looks like in, say, mid-July. In February, however, this country is reduced to two colors, white and green, and is typically framed by a blue sky. Thanks to drifting snow, the region's shallow topography is barely distinguishable. This classic rendering of winter in simple colors and contours is marred only the intrusion of four-foot wide snow machine trails that run for miles across lakes and rivers and through breaks in the tree line. You are grateful for these trails, because they provide the foundation that makes human-powered travel faster than would otherwise be possible.



The Little Su 50K will be an out and back from Aurora to the Nome Sign and return.

Mandatory Equipment...

Minus-20 sleeping bag
Insulated sleeping pad
Bivy sack or tent (NO space blankets)
Firestarter (matches or lighter)
Stove
8 oz. fuel
Pot (min. volume is 1 pint)
2-qt insulated water container
Headlamp or flashlight
1-day of food at ALL times (3000 calories)
15 lbs of gear at ALL times



Recommended (in addition to mandatory gear)

* Full wind suit
* Extreme conditions mittens & head gear
* Down sweater
* Spare poly-pro shirt
* Neoprene socks or equivalent
* Over-boots
* Gaitors for snowshoers
* Duct tape
* Knife or micro leatherman
* Map and compass
* Walkman
* 5,000-7,000 calories of food
* Sleds for runners and snowshoers
* Assorted tools suitable for bicycling, sking or snowshoeing



February offers the most brutal environment an Alaskan winter can summon. Fortunately, near-death experiences in the race are rare, but competitors have and will continue to suffer frostbite and hypothermia, the two principal pre-cursors to tragedy on the course. This fact alone justifies the continuing requirement to carry mandatory gear.

After several years of vague interpretations of the gear rules, the Board of Directors approved the following clarification.

All racers are now required to start and finish the race with at least 15 pounds of gear. The 15 pounds must include the mandatory gear, but may not include the following: water, skis or ski equipment, bicycles, or sleds.

 
 

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Results
Year: 2006               
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Jeffrey Bannish   100 Mile Men 13:43:00 8:14  7.29 mph 
 Laura McDonough   100 Mile Women 12:20:00 7:24  8.11 mph 
 Jeffrey Bannish   100 Mile Masters Men 13:43:00 8:14  7.29 mph 
 Laura McDonough   100 Mile  Masters Women  12:20:00 7:24  8.11 mph 
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