Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting: Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 6pm
All racers must attend the gear check & pre-race meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact us.
For All Races— 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:
5761 Silverado Way, Unit Q
Anchorage, AK 99518 Phone: (907) 563-4463
Racers must physically check in with race officials before 11am on race day February 18, 2019.
No Outside Help
Racers must be self sufficient and are only allowed to accept help from another racer or race official. No film crews, guides or photographers are allowed. No use of motorized equipment may be used to facilitate a racer in any way.
Drop bags are a racer’s resupply of: food, batteries, heater packs, fuel, bike tubes and socks etc. Drop bags are allowed in all events. They must weigh no more than 10 pounds each and should be enclosed in a plastic bag, sealed and labeled with your name and location of drop. NOTE: Your drop bag will not be returned if you don’t make it to your destination. As part of our mission as a charitable organization, unclaimed supplies will be donated to rural communities along the race course. Racers are not allowed to leave gear/items at any checkpoint–if they do, it will result in disqualification, unless a race official has said otherwise. Pack it in, Pack it out!
- Iditasport® Original: One drop bag, Shell Lake Lodge Check Point at mile 83
- Iditasport® Extreme : Two drop bags, Shell Lake Lodge Check Point at mile 83 & South Fork Air Strip tent camp at mile 206
- Iditasport® Impossible: Three drop bags, Shell Lake Lodge Check Point at mile 83, South Fork Air Strip tent camp at mile 206 & Poorman tent camp at mile 517.
Beggining in McGrath racers may mail packages to themselves for resupplies.
Racers must sign in and out at each checkpoint in the Iditasport race binder or be disqualified. Nome racers will contact race officials past Poorman. Any racer who misses or skips an official checkpoint will be disqualified. Racers must also refresh their GPS locators at each checkpoint.
Iditasport® Classic Race official checkpoints: Start/Finish in Willow (Deshka Landing), Scary Tree Tent Camp, Yentna Station, Skwentna Roadhouse, Shell Lake Lodge, return route–Talvista Lodge, Skwentna Roadhouse, Yentna Station, Scary Tree Tent Camp, and Deshka Landing, Willow.
Iditasport® Extreme Race official checkpoints: Start in Willow (Deshka Landing), Scary Tree Tent Camp, Yentna Station, Skwentna Roadhouse, Shell Lake Lodge, Finger Lake tent camp, Puntilla Lake tent camp, Styx Lake tent camp, South Fork Airstrip tent camp, Tin Creek tent camp (Farewell Burn), village of Nikolai, Finish at Iditarod Trail Cafe in the village of McGrath. You are responsible for your flight back to Anchorage when you finish in McGrath. We will provide you with booking information.
Iditasport® Impossible Race official checkpoints: Start in Willow (Deshka Landing), Scary Tree Tent Camp, Yentna Station, Skwentna Roadhouse, Shell Lake Lodge, Finger Lake tent camp, Puntilla Lake tent camp, Styx Lake tent camp, South Fork Airstrip tent camp, Tin Creek tent camp (Farewell Burn), village of Nikolai, Iditarod Trail Cafe in the village of McGrath, Poorman tent camp. After the heated Poorman tent camp, each racer will stay at lodges/bed & breakfasts and schools until finishing in Nome. The race organizers will provide you with information on places to stay etc. You will contact Iditasport race officials of your progress along trail. You are responsible for your flight back to Anchorage when you finish in Nome. We will provide you with booking information.
Iditasport® Odyssey 2,000 Mile Event: Please contact us for information.
Litter/Used or Wet Gear
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.
- Total time allowed for completion of the Iditasport® Original is 120 hours. Halfway Mark–You must be out of Shell Lake Lodge by 60 hours.
- Total time allowed for completion of the Iditasport® Extreme to McGrath is 12 days
- Total time allowed for completion of the Iditasport® Impossible to Nome is 35 days
All racers must adhere to the cut-off times for the race.
ALL racers are ultimately the responsibility of the race staff and MUST be accounted for at all times. Racers who are unable to complete the race for any reason must scratch by notifying a race official as soon as possible. Racers are responsible for making arrangements for their return from the race course following scratching or will be required to pay an evacuation fee.
Spot locators must be carried at all times. Racers are required to carry sufficient lithium batteries to ensure spot locaters are operational for the duration of the race. Before departing checkpoints racers should verify that their SPOT locator is working by activating the check in feature on their device.
- In non-life threatening situations where a racer requires assistance from race officials, the racer shall activate the help/assistance function of the SPOT locator. By pressing this button a racer is indicating that they are scratching from the event and are requesting a non emergency evacuation subject to posted evacuation fees.
- In the event of a life threatening emergency and a racer activates the SOS function on the spot locator state and local emergency response officials will be contacted. This should be used only for immediate life-safety emergencies. Racers will be responsible for any costs associated with emergency response
Our race course is not on a road system. You must be prepared to wait 24 hours for help to arrive. Iditasport will coordinate the fastest route back to Anchorage for our participants needing assisted evacuation.
Racers needing non-emergency evacuation will be charged as noted below. (covers the cost of chartered airplane and/or snowmachine). Racer’s credit card information will be obtained prior to the race start only to be used in the event that they need to be evacuated. If there is no evacuation, their credit card will not be charged.
Racers are allowed to arrange their own evacuation but will be responsible for all costs incurred. All racers MUST inform a race official as soon as possible that they have scratched and have made their own arrangements for evacuation.
- Iditasport® Classic –minimum $250
- Iditasport® Extreme & Impossible– minimum $1,000
- Racers needing evacuation by state or local emergency response officials will be responsible for any and all costs associated with their evacuation
Required Gear for All Races: our suggestion–no rechargeable items
- SPOT or InReach locator ONLY 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 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.
- Containers to hold 132 oz. of water (minimum)
- Battery operated head lamp & red blinking light with lithium batteries.
- Liquid or Solid fuel Stove: NO propane stoves (Recommend–MSR Whisper Light International)
- Fuel: 10 oz. for Iditasport Original, 20 oz. for Iditasport Extreme
- Cooking Pot
- Firestarter (matches, lighter or flint & steel)
- 5,000 calories of Emergency food supply
- Chemical handwarmers (16 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.
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.