Feb. 19, 2018
Entry Fee: $299USD
The Iditasport 200 is the race that started all other long distance human-powered ultramarathons. This race was 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 original race director, of the Iditabike–Dan Bull along with Richard Larson, combined all of the modes. A famous Alaskan skier, Tim Kelley gave this race the name of Iditasport. Keeping with the tradition of this historic race, we have wooden trail markers set on the course, snowmachine support, & checkpoints about every 35 miles–but it doesn’t make it any easier!
200 MILE APPLICATION
If you have completed at least a 100 mile winter event, then you are eligible to enter.
Your entry fee provides you with:
Winter survival class, ride to the race start, snowmachined course & marked trail, online race tracking, GPS track of the course, crew for trailbreaking, airplane crew for drop bag to Shell Lake Lodge, & lodging , food & water are 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.
200 Mile Checkpoint & Distance Between Checkpoints: all mileages are approximate
Cut-off time for 200 mile: 120 hours
- Start of race (The Alaska Boat House in Big Lake, AK )
- to Big Su Tent Camp #1: 30 miles
- to Yentna Station: 25 miles
- to Skwentna Roadhouse: 30 miles
- to Shell Lake Lodge : 18 miles (halfway point for 200 Mile Race)
- to Skwentna Roadhouse: 18 miles
- to Yentna Station: 30 miles
- to Big Su Tent Camp #1: 25 miles
- to Big Lake Boat House –Finish : 30 miles
Race applications must be completed & mailed to headquarters or scanned & emailed to info@IditasportAlaska.com
Payment for Races:
You may pay with PayPal (credit card accepted), or mail in entry fee with your application. Please make checks payable to Arctic Cycles.
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.
200 Mile Race Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 7pm
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.
All racers must attend the gear check & pre-race meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact us.
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: $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 All Races: our suggestion–no rechargeable items
- SPOT or InReach locator
- Negative 20 sleeping bag (minimum)– negative 40 is better
- Bivy sack or tent (unless sleeping bag has a built-in one)
- Sleeping pad (we do not recommend blow-up type)
- Retro-reflective vest or reflective striping sewn to gear etc.
- 100 oz. container of water (minimum)
- Battery operated head lamp & red blinking light
- Stove NO propane stoves allowed (Recommend–MSR Whisper Light International)
- 8 oz. Fuel
- Cooking Pot
- Firestarter (matches, lighter or flint & steel)
- 5,000 calories of food
- Chemical handwarmers (8 minimum)
Recommended Clothing & Gear
- 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
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.