Iditasport is the iconic Alaskan race that started all other winter endurance ultramarathons. Skiers, bikers, and runners compete head-to-head on the same course the day after the Iron Dog snowmachine race starts. Iditasport’s FOUR winter events physically and mentally challenge racers. Our marked trail crosses wooded rolling hills/ mountains, & frozen bodies of water. All roadhouses have food and lodging available. All tent checkpoints are propane-heated & have hot water available and a place to rest. Racers will carry GPS locators.
- 200 Mile Iditasport: follows the Iron Dog route to Shell Lake Lodge & back to Big Lake, Alaska.
- 400 Mile Iditasport Extreme: follows the Iron Dog route & ends in the village of McGrath, Alaska.
- 1,100 Mile Iditasport Impossible: follows the Iron Dog route & ends in Nome, Alaska.
- 2,000 Mile Iditasport Odyssey: follows the Iron Dog route–not going through North Pole, ends in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is the LONGEST DISTANCE human powered winter race in the world!!!!
In these events you should be prepared for below freezing temperatures–expect temperatures to drop to at least negative 20 below (-28 Celsius). To race in these conditions, you need experience in extremely cold temperatures. Expect high winds, new snow fall, wind drifted trails and overflow. Racers need to be self-sufficient, they will carry their personal and safety gear throughout the entire event. Understand that once you leave the starting line–that is the END of the road system. If you need to be rescued on the race course, participants need to be prepared to wait up to 24 hours in their survival gear! There are NO ROADS for vehicles, only snowmachines & airplanes.
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!
2017 Race photos & updates are found on Facebook
ALL RACES START FEBRUARY 19, 2018 noon
200 Mile Iditasport (limited to 25 participants)
Big Lake–Shell Lake & Back
ONLY 50 SLOTS AVAILABLE TOTAL FOR THE THREE EVENTS BELOW
400 Mile Iditasport Extreme
Big Lake to McGrath
1,100 Mile Iditasport Impossible
Big Lake to McGrath to Nome
2,000 Mile Iditasport Odyssey
Big Lake to McGrath to Nome on to Fairbanks!