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Sustina 100

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon

About Sustina 100

Matanuska-Susitna Valley (known locally as the Mat-Su or The Valley) is an area in Southcentral Alaska south of the Alaska Range about 35 miles (56 km) north of Anchorage, Alaska. It is known for the world record sized cabbages and other vegetables displayed annually in Palmer at the Alaska State Fair. It includes the valleys of the Matanuska, Knik, and Susitna Rivers. 11,000 of Mat-Su Valley residents commute to Anchorage for work. It is the fastest growing region in Alaska and includes the towns of Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake, Houston, Willow and Talkeetna. The valleys are shaped by three mountain ranges: the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Chugach Mountains. The Matanuska-Susitna Valley was carved by glaciers leaving thousands of lakes. The Mat-Su rivers and lakes are home to the spawning grounds of chinook, coho, sockeye, pink, and chum salmon.The area is home to 31 state parks and campgrounds.

The Susitna 100 is a ski, foot, or bike race held on packed snowmachine trails in the Susitna River valley, north of Anchorage. The current 100-mile course has evolved through a history of tradition, opportunism, stubbornness, and confusion. This is a 100 mile out and back course which starts and ends at Happy Trails Kennels. Participants experience loop on frozen rivers, swamps and tight twisty trails through the woods. It’s not uncommon to see moose, fox, dogsled teams, the aurora borealis, and majestic mountains on your journey between checkpoints with fun and friendly hosts. Along with the extreme temperatures, runners must be totally self sufficient throughout the race, only being allowed few checkpoints, to replenish water and get a few food items.

Distances

Little Su 50K

  • 50km

100 Mile Run

  • 160.934km

Practicalities

Accommodation

For lodging near the start of the race, you have two options (as long as rooms last): Grandview Inn & Suites and Alaskan View Motel.

After Race Services

Post race party and awards ceremony.

Aid Stations

There are aid/check-in stations every 10 to 20 miles, all with water, but only some with food. The majority of a racer’s nutrition must be carried from the start. At mile 60 there is a lodge with an opportunity to buy a hot meal.

Award Medals

Participants completing the 100 miler, earn a Susitna belt buckle. The 1049 Mile Award is an unique award given to Racers who have completed this 100 mile course 10 times starting with or after the 1997 race. Each is crafted of Alaska stone by Nature's Jewels and labeled with location of origin. It will include an authentic Alaska gold nugget, personalized engraving, and a photo of you to commemorate your accomplishment.

Maximum Time

48 hrs

Sustina 100 Route Map

Sustina 100 Route Map

Start:

Happy Trails Kennels

Big Lake,us

Highlights

Susitna River

Butterfly Lake 

Gunmetal Lake

Little Cow Lake

Mt. Susitna 

Dismal Swamp

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.