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2020 Race Format Announcement

Dear Kodiak Community,

Thank you very much for your patience while we work on bringing the Kodiak to you in this unusual year. After many discussions with our city and our permitting agencies, we have decided to sidestep the uncertainty of planning a larger scale event and will instead move forward with a modified format this year. We're very excited about this alternate format event and we sincerely hope you will be too. We understand that our plans may not fit with yours, so we have several options for you to choose from.

2020 Kodiak Race Formats

#1 – Open Course – September 9-10 & 13, 2020

The full Kodiak course will be open September 9-10 and September 13 for registered runners in all distances to race in an open format. There will be several different starting time slots to choose from on each of those days. On July 1, you will be able to choose your day and time slot on a first-come, first-served basis. There will not be a mass start or a finish festival this year. The Open Course will be marked and there will be limited aid in some locations, such as water. You can run self-supported or you may have a small crew meet you at the majority of our aid station locations. Runners in the 100M and 50M races will be required to have at least 1 support crew member to participate. You must be comfortable supporting yourself both with or without your own crew if you choose to run on the Open Course. Pacers will be allowed in the 100M distance as usual at mile 55 and pacers will also be allowed for any race distance anytime you are running in the dark. The ultra distances may also be run over the course of the 3 Open Course days. For example, the 100M race may be run ‘staged’ over 2 or 3 days. Your results will be categorized accordingly. [Note – we are confirming ITRA points will be earned toward UTMB.]

Many more details about the Open Course format will be published in the coming days, but we wanted to let you know about this option right away so you can start planning. Everyone on the current waitlist can complete their registration on July 1. We will start a new waitlist when we reach capacity.

#2 – Elite Race – September 11-12, 2020

We will host an elite field for the 100M and Half Marathon races on September 11-12, 2020 in Big Bear Lake, CA. The 100M race will start at 6PM on Friday, September 11 and the Half Marathon will start on Saturday, September 12. The maximum capacity in each race will be up to 80 runners - 40 men and 40 women that meet qualifying standards. There is a prize purse of $22,800 in total, as part of the Spartan Trail World Championship. The application period will open June 29 and applications will be accepted starting July 13. Check back on our website for details on the qualifying standard, prize purse breakdown, and to apply. Details will be published shortly.

#3 – Virtual Option

Information coming soon. Please stay tuned as we iron out more plans.

Choose Your Option

1. Sign up for the Open Course on July 1.

  • If you are already registered, your registration will be updated to reflect the Open Course race category and you will choose your starting time slot.

  • If you are registered on the waitlist (and have not paid yet), you will complete your registration and choose your starting time slot.

  • Currently there is enough capacity for everyone already registered and on the waitlist to sign-up in the Open Course category. However, once we reach capacity, we will form a new waitlist. If you want a guaranteed place in the Open Course race, please register early.

2. Apply for the Elite Race starting June 29.

3. Defer to 2021 or 2022. Complete this form no later than July 1.

4. Receive a refund of 85% of your entry fee (not including Ultrasignup fees).

Email us at to process your refund. REFUNDS MUST BE REQUESTED BY JULY 1, 2020.

5. Donate your 85% refund to the Bear Valley SAR team or Big Bear Trails. Email us at to process your donation, no later than July 1, 2020.

**If you're on the waitlist and don't want to choose any option, you can go into Ultrasignup and go to your Profile->Registration History. Then click "Cancel Order" next to Kodiak. (Note - you have not been charged yet.)**

Please note that you need to choose an option by July 1 – After that we will be moving ahead full throttle with race plans.

  • Run the Open Course race

  • Apply for the Elite race

  • Run the Virtual Race

  • Defer to 2021 or 2022

  • Receive/donate an 85% refund

Given all this new information, we know there will be many questions. We are working on all the details for these new formats and they will be published before it's time to register on July 1st.




Kodiak Ultra Community:



All the best,

Susie Schmelzer

Race Director

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