Feb. 19, 2018
Early Bird Entry Fee: $299USD Before November 15, 2017
Entry Fee : $399USD
The 200 mile Iditasport is the race that started all other long distance human-powered ultramarathons. Its original roots were started by Joe Reddington Sr. who started the Iditarod sled dog race. He wanted to push human-powered events on the Iditarod Trail. In the early 1980’s, the first event was called Iditaski, followed by the Iditashoe then Iditabike. In 1991, the race director of the Iditabike–Dan Bull, along with Richard Larson, combined all of the modes. Our famous Alaskan skier, Tim Kelley, gave this race the name of Iditasport in 1990. Keeping with the tradition of this historic race, we set the course with reflective trail markers, have snowmachine support, & checkpoints are no more than 35 miles apart.
Racers must have completed a 50 mile winter event, or official Iditasport prequalifying event.
Racers who live in a cold weather climate, have adventured in extreme winter conditions or with military backgrounds are encouraged to submit their race/training resume for consideration.
Payment for Races:
You may pay with PayPal (credit card accepted), or mail in entry fee with your application. Please make checks payable to Iditasport Alaska.
Iditasport Race Headquarters
14020 Specking Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99515
Note: The entry fee for the Iditasport is for the current race only. It is not refundable or transferable to any other party, nor is it transferable to any other race, or any subsequent race year.
Your entry fee provides you with:
Winter survival class, ride to the race start, reflective markers for course, online race tracking, GPS track of the course, snowmachine crew for trail breaking, airplane crew for drop bag to Shell Lake Lodge, & lodging , hot water provided at the propane-heated tent camp. Finishers also receive a personalized ulu trophy.
The 200 mile race, is the one that brings together the racer’s winter skills and pushes their endurance level. The marked trail crosses wooded rolling hills, frozen rivers and lakes.
The 200 Mile Iditasport Checkpoints 2018: All Mileages are Approximate
Start: Big Lake Alaska; located 45 minutes north of Anchorage: mile 0
Checkpoint #1: Big Susitna Tent Camp: 30 miles
Yentna River/Big Susitna River Iditasport Snowmachine Tent Camp: 8 miles, 38 miles from start
Checkpoint #2 Yentna Station Lodge: 15 miles, 53 miles from start
Checkpoint #3 Little Bear Place: 20 miles, 73 miles from start
Checkpoint #4 Skwentna Roadhouse: 10 miles, 83 miles from start
Checkpoint #5 (Turn Around Point) Shell Lake Lodge: 20 miles, 103 miles from start
2018 Iditasport 200 mile race approximate milage: 206 Miles
Race applications must be completed & mailed to headquarters or scanned & emailed to info@IditasportAlaska.com
200 Mile Race Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 7pm
All racers must attend the gear check & pre-race meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact us.
At our pre-race meeting, you receive vital information on winter safety, as well as how to keep yourself safe and “in check” with the environment. Required gear will be checked, drop bags will be collected & important race information will be discussed.
Our pre-Race meting is sponsored and hosted by Learn to Return and will held at the Learn to Return Headquarters:
Learn to Return Headquarters
5761 Silverado Way, Unit Q
Anchorage, AK 99518 Phone: (907) 563-4463
Racers must physically check in before 11am on race day.
No Outside Help
Racers must be self sufficient and are only allowed to accept help from another racer or race official. No use of motorized equipment may be used to facilitate a racer in any way.
Racers must sign in and out at each checkpoint in the Iditasport race binder or be disqualified. Any racer who misses or skips an official checkpoint will be disqualified. Racers must also refresh their GPS locators at each checkpoint.
The official 200 Mile Race checkpoints are: Start/Finish The Boat House in Big Lake, Alaska, Big Su heated Tent Camp, Yentna Station, Skwentna Roadhouse, Shell Lake Lodge, return route–Skwentna Roadhouse, Yentna Station, Big Su heated Tent Camp, and Big Lake.
Racers will be disqualified for littering. Leave no trace. Racers are not allowed to leave wet or discarded clothing or gear at any checkpoint. Racer’s equipment (bikes, sleds, snowshoes, etc.) is absolutely not allowed in the checkpoints. The Iditasport organization hauls all of our racer’s waste from the tented portable toilets and garbage. We do not burn or bury anything. We are ambassadors of our beautiful state!
Total time allowed for completion of the 200 mile race is 120 hours. Halfway Mark–You must be out of Shell Lake Lodge by 60 hours.
All racers must adhere to the cut-off times for the race.
Evacuation Fee for 200 mile: minimum $250
Racers will be charged as noted above in the event of an evacuation (chartered airplane and/or snowmachine). Racer’s credit card will be charged prior to race date. If there is no evacuation, their money is fully refunded. Any racer who is unable to complete the race will be disqualified. All racers MUST inform a race official if they intend to scratch. Iditasport will coordinate the fastest route back to Anchorage for their participants in need of an evacuation.
ALL racers are ultimately the responsibility of the race staff and MUST be accounted for at all times. In order to accomplish this, a disqualified racer may require an evacuation or snowmachine escort back to the road system. Understand that the race course is not on a road system. You may have to wait 24 hours for help to come–so be prepared with proper gear etc. for the harsh winter conditions!
Any racer who fails to comply with the rules will be disqualified from the Iditasport. Absolutely no refunds will be given to a racer who is disqualified.
Required Gear for 200 Mile:
- SPOT or InReach locator with new lithium batteries(Racers may use their own locator otherwise rental units will be available for additional cost. Racers using personal devices are responsible for activation and service costs)
- Negative 20F sleeping bag (minimum)– negative 40F (recommended)
- Bivy sack or tent (unless sleeping bag has a built-in one)
- Sleeping pad
- Retro-reflective vest or reflective striping sewn to gear etc.
- Containers to hold 132 oz. of water (minimum)
- Battery operated head lamp & red blinking light with lithium batteries.
- Liquid or Solid fuel Stove: NO canister stoves (Recommend–MSR Whisper Light International)
- Fuel: 10 oz. liquid, or 24 14gram solid fuel tablets (minimum)
- Cooking Pot
- Firestarter (matches, lighter or flint & steel)
- 5,000 calories of Emergency food supply
- Chemical handwarmers (16 minimum)
The list above is the just the required minimums at race start. Racers should determine how much fuel, food, batteries, etc. they need based on their expected time on course and distance between drops. Its wise to include extra supplies.
Recommended Clothing & Gear
We do not recommend using rechargeable electronics or alkaline batteries in cold conditions
- Down parka and overpants
- Wind jacket with hood & pants
- Fleece jacket with hood
- Mittens with fleece glove liners
- Warm wool hat, ear band, NoFog mask
- Long underwear
- Midweight fleece or primaloft vest
- Winter wool socks & liner socks
- Running shoes with NEOS Navigator Overboots/Sorel-type boots
- Goggles & sunglasses
- Down booties
- GPS, map, compass
- Chemical glow sticks
- Safety whistle
- Spare headlamp/flashlight
Train with the gear you intend to use. Then you can find out if you need extra gear or if you can eliminate something. The main goal in adventure sports is stay safe and have fun! We do not recommend rechargeable items AT ALL for these events. You will not be able to charge in a timely manner–the electric source are portable generators–they are used for heat & lighting in the tent camps & lodges.