The Race Across Alaska
Alaska's most demanding yet beautiful bicycle races with mountains, wilderness, wild animals, glaciers, and roaring rivers.

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The Father of the Fireweed – Peter Lekisch – conceived the Fireweed 400 so that we might share our world class Alaskan scenery with all that might come; and race money to support and nurture young Alaskan athletes.

In 2003, Peter Lekisch and the Race Across America 4-man Team Alaska organized the Fireweed bicycle race across Alaska to replace the Midnight Sun event from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The Fireweed is an Alaskan experience with mountains, wilderness, wild animals, glaciers, and roaring rivers. The Fireweed is a road race on a road with wide shoulders and low traffic volume. The race attracted 124 racers the first year and has consistently grown since then, attracting between 500 and 750 entrants each year. The Fireweed offers distances of 50, 100, 200, and 400 miles in Road Ride, Time Trial, Solo, Tandem and Relay formats. There is even an overnight touring option!

Everyone is welcome, from the 50 mile road rider to the RAAM Qualifying 400 soloists. The 200 was not offered the first year, but has grown to our largest category with over a 100 solo rider, and several hundred racers in relays of 2, 3, or 4 people. In 2008, we had an 8-year-old girl finish the 200 on a relay and Lew Meyer at 74 finish the 400 solo event. The Fireweed is the largest RAAM Qualifier in the world. Finishers qualify for John Morino points and Century points with the ultra-marathon bicycle association.

In addition to being a world class cycling event, the Fireweed donates proceeds to youth groups across the state of Alaska from Fairbanks to Anchorage to Valdez. From the Fireweed’s inception in 2003 through the 2017 race, the Fireweed has distributed over $400,000 dollars to youth activities including skiing, ski jumping, speed skating, swimming and football. A complete list of charities receiving funds can be found under the Charities tab. Expenses are minimized through an all volunteer effort. Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes and abilities; watch out, the volunteer helping you on the course may be an Olympian!

For volunteer opportunities, please see the Info tab.

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