The Iditasport Impossible’s first race was in 2000. This was manifested after two human-powered expeditions to Nome. This first was a bike only in 1989, four bikers completed the trek (Dan Bull, Roger Cowles, Mark Frise & Les Matz). Our Race Director, Billy Koitzsch was just 15 and living in Nome at the time. He witnessed them finish which started his interest in winter adventuring! Then in 1990, two skiers (Bob Baker & Tim Kelley) challenged and beat a pair of bikers in their own race to Nome they called the Nome Odyssey. The Iditasport Impossible is set up for the ultimate winter adventurer, for those who have already proved that they have the skills and the respect of Alaska’s extremely unforgiving environment. By entering the Nome race, you will push yourself past your limits & past your comfort zone. Even with the support set up for this event, it doesn’t make it any easier– it is a life transforming race! There are extreme shifts in the weather, elevation gain & loss, & your mental preparation will be tested non-stop. If you question your outdoor winter skills–this event is not for you. We follow the Iron Dog Race route.
If you have completed at least a 300 mile winter event , you are eligible to enter the Iditasport Impossible race from Willow to Nome, Alaska!
Iditasport Impossible to Nome:
This is a supported race (trailmarkers, snowmachine / air support, & heated checkpoints) to Ruby. Your entry fee provides you with: Winter survival class, ride to the race start, snowmachined course & marked trail, online race tracking, trailbreaking crew, airplane crew, tented portable toilets. We have seven propane-heated tent camps. Our tent camps are Arctic Ovens–super deluxe survival tents and all are propane heated so they will be super warm when you arrive! At the tent camps you will have a resting area, and drinking water. Your drop bags will be delivered to three areas via airplane. Finishers also receive a personalized ulu trophy.
*Race course could change due to weather and trail conditions.
Total time allowed for completion of the race to Nome is 35 days
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!