Come find yourself in the race that started all other winter Super Ultras: The Iditasport®! These races will bring you into the Alaskan wilds, where centuries old traditions are still alive and thriving. The trail system has been used for millennia by Alaska’s first peoples as a main trade and migration route. During the turn of the century, people from all walks of life came to Alaska to find fame and fortune in search of gold! The Iditarod trail was named after the last gold strike that pushed the migration of explorers to Alaska.
2019 RACE START: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH, AT 12PM
EAGLEQUEST LODGE–WILLOW, ALASKA
- Iditasport® 100K (64 miles)Yentna Station Lodge & back
- Iditasport® Classic (160 miles) lollypop to Shell Hills & back again
- Iditasport® Extreme (350 miles)follows Iditarod route from Willow to Puntilla Lake then Iron Dog route down Hell’s Gate & ends in the village of McGrath, Alaska
- Iditasport® Impossible (1100 miles)follows Iron Dog & Iditarod route & ends in Nome, Alaska.
- The 2,000 Mile Iditasport® Odyssey follows the Iron Dog/Iditarod route & ends in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is the LONGEST DISTANCE human-powered winter race in the world!!!!
100K racers have tent camps and a lodge about 20 miles apart with snowmachine support and a marked trail. The Classic event pushes competitors distances of about 35 miles between lodges with snowmachine support and a marked trail. The Extreme racer has an even greater challenge where shelter cabins and local villages can be up to 55 miles apart. The trail markers and snowmachine support taper off in the longer events. The longer the distance of the event, the more you need to rely on your own skills to get you through. Racers need to be self-sufficient.
The Iditasport® race course to McGrath is marked with over 3,000 Iditasport® (hand written or spray painted) wooden reflective stakes–so you can see them when it’s dark. The average hours of daylight in Alaska range from 5-7 hours this time of year.
Participants need to be prepared for below freezing temperatures–temperatures can drop to -50 Fahrenheit (-45 Celsius). High winds, new snow fall, wind drifted trails and overflow. Our race course is not on the road system and is only accessible by snowmachine & airplane.
The Iditasport® Classic and The Extreme are difficult events, and many will not finish. When you do cross the finish line, you will have accomplished a feat that few ever will and earn the coveted Iditasport® Ulu trophy!
The World Class Athletes who finish The Iditasport® Impossible or The Odyssey will receive a custom Iditasport® Gold Pan trophy!
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First place finisher in the Iditasport® Classic 2018: “Jaba” Joilson Ferreira