Iditasport is the Alaskan event that started all human powered ultra marathons. Skiers, bikers, and runners will compete head-to-head on the same course in February.
Ride on the original historic trade and travel routes used by Alaskan Natives in the winter months. These trails became the gold seeker and mail routes at the turn of the century. Better known as the Iditarod Trail, this pathway is surrounded by the natural wonders of Alaska: the majestic Mount Susitna, frozen lakes, rivers, and our incredible wildlife.
In this event you should be prepared for below freezing temps, high winds, new snow fall, and overflow. The marked trail crosses wooded rolling hills, frozen rivers and lakes. This is set up so that the racers are self-sufficient, they will carry their personal and safety gear throughout the entire event. Check points will be spaced around 30 miles apart, and all roadhouses have food and lodging available to purchase. All tent checkpoints have hot water and a place to rest. Racers will carry a SPOT or InReach GPS locater that will be on at all times.
Participants understand that this event is difficult. When you cross that finish line, you will have accomplished a great feat and will have earned the coveted Iditasport Ulu trophy!
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.
Our main goal for all of our participants to complete this event.
200 Mile Racers:
Race Start, February 3, 2017 (12pm)
200 Mile Checkpoints & Distance Between Checkpoints: all mileages are approximate
Cut-off time for 200 mile: 120 hours (five days)
- Start of race (The Alaska Boat House in Big Lake, AK )
- to Big Su Tent Camp: 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 : 25 miles
- to Big Lake Boat House –Finish : 30 miles
Any racer who misses or skips these checkpoints will be disqualified from the race.
Water will be available at all checkpoints, so you do not need to thaw your own.
20th Anniversary Event Iditasport Extreme:
February 19, 2017 (2pm)
In 1997 the Iditasport race took a big leap, from a 200 mile event to a 350 mile human powered event! This went from the old town site of Knik which is about 60 miles north of Anchorage to 350 miles up the Iditarod trail to the village of McGrath. Not only was the mileage a lot to handle, the racer had to cross over the Alaska Range! 2017 is the 20th Anniversary of this event that changed the way we think about adventuring. This non-supported race is set up for the veteran winter adventurer, those how have already proved that they have the skills and the respect of Alaska’s extremely unforgiving environment. If you question your outdoor winter skills–this event is not for you.
Photo:Race start Iditasport Extreme 1998 2nd Year
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with three great events!
Pay homage to racers past and future
350 Mile Iditasport Extreme
Big Lake to McGrath
1000 Mile Iditasport Impossible
Big Lake to McGrath to Nome
2000 Mile Iditasport Odyssey
Big Lake to McGrath to Nome on to Fairbanks!