The Iditasport Original 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 (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 Original is a supported race (trailmarkers, snowmachine / air support, & heated checkpoints) . 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 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 via airplane. Finishers also receive a personalized ulu trophy.
The Iditasport Original 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 Original is 120 hours (5 days). You must be out of Shell Lake Lodge 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!