In 2004, the Race Across America 4-man Team Alaska organized the Fireweed bicycle race across Alaska to replace a race from Anchorage to Fairbanks. We wanted an Alaskan experience with mountains, wilderness, wild animals, glaciers, and roaring rivers. We found a road with wide shoulders and low traffic volume. The race attracted 124 racers the first year and has grown now to about 750 entrants. The Fireweed offers distances of 50, 100, 200, and 400 miles in Time Trial, Solo, and Relay format.
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 about 100 time trialists, 100 road racers, and 300 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. The Race Committee has been the same since the race started. Everyone is a volunteer and all profits are given to athletic youth groups. Watch out, the volunteer helping you on the course may be an Olympian!