The Iditasport® Classic 170 mile is the world famous historic Alaskan race that started all other winter Super Ultras! Our roots were started by Joe Reddington Sr. (father of the Iditarod sled dog race). He wanted to push human-powered events on the Iditarod Trail, so in the early 1980’s, he promoted the first Iditaski, followed by the Iditashoe then Iditabike.
In 1991, the race directors of the Iditabike–Dan Bull & Richard Larson, combined all three race modes. Our famous Alaskan skier, Tim Kelley, branded the new event Iditasport®.
We resurrected Iditasport® in 2014 under the guidance of Richard Larson. He was not only a race director, he was also the graphic designer who created the original logos. He revamped the new Iditasport® logos for the next generation of racers.
We have kept with the tradition of this historic race by setting the course with reflective trail markers, provide snowmachine support, tent camps and the checkpoints are about 10 to 30 miles apart.
Racers must have completed a 50 mile winter event, or by completing in an official Iditasport® pre-qualifying event = the Sila Vette.
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.
The Iditasport® Classic is a supported race (trail markers, snowmachine, & tent camps) Your entry fee provides you with: Winter survival class, set trail markers, online race tracking, snowmachine support, tent camps & tented portable toilets. Our tent camps are Arctic Ovens— survival tents that are propane heated. At the tent camps you will have a resting area and water. Your drop bags will be delivered to the set remote location. Finishers also receive a personalized ulu trophy.
Getting to the Race Start: Most racers rent a car to get out to the race start since there is not any public transportation that drive to Willow. Parking is $10 a day at Deshka Landing. There is a cab company that charges a flat fee for a ride back and it is better to split this fee with another returning racer if you can.
The Iditasport® Classic brings together the racer’s winter skills and pushes their endurance level. The marked trail crosses wooded rolling hills, frozen rivers and lakes.
Total time allowed for completion of the Iditasport® Classic is 120 hours (5 days). You must be out of the halfway point by 60 hours.
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!