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Story last updated at 2:52 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Homer Marathon set for Saturday

Nearly fifteen years in the making, the Homer Marathon is groomed and ready for another year of steep pitches, grueling climbs, and sore muscles. Held this Saturday, the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club is projecting 100 participants from as far as Fairbanks to ski.

"We have it on a Saturday so the people from out of town can spend the night in Homer before heading back home, which also means spending money in Homer," said event organizer Marylou Burton.

This year's marathon after-party will be held at Alice's Champagne Palace starting at 5 p.m. with door prizes. Entrance is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The marathon will have varying divisions to accommodate the most ambitious to the less competitive.

"Last year was the first year of the tour division geared toward the people who are a little intimidated by the main event," said Burton.

The events are the 40K race, 25K race and 25K tour. Both races will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from Lookout Mountain, while the tour will start at 9:30 a.m.

Good spots for spectators are at the race start at Lookout Mountain, Diamond Ridge crossing, and the finish line at the DOT trailhead.

Marie Alexson has been designing the marathon medals for the past three years. This year's medals are crafted by Alexson with designs by late Doug Schwiesow, who played a large role in engineering the marathon trail nearly 15 years ago.

The last day for online registration is today at midnight on the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club website. Online registration is $35 for KNSC members, $45 for nonmembers, and $20 for youth. Skiers can register on race day with a $10 increase in fees.

For more information and links to registration, go to www.kachemaknordicski.org.