Drop bags for Fingerlake C P3 , Rohn CP 5 and Cripple ( North Route)/Iditarod (South Route)are due in Anchorage on Saturday February 17, 2018 by noon at SPEEDWAY CYCLES at 1231 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
The mandatory pre race meeting is on Saturday February 24 from 11 am to 1 PM at the Turnigan room at the Westmark Hotel.
Alaska Ultra Sport
po box 1125
Chickaloon, AK 99674
Please don't send drop bags before Feb. 1.
Racers provide those and either drop them off in person a week before the race or send them by mail.
Many european racers and out of state racers mail them by post to us.
Remember to send them by air mail if you send them from Europe to make sure they arrive in time.
Please put the content in soft, but durable bags inside the boxes you mail. It is much easier to pack bags on small bush planes.
Drops are for expendables only! ( food, batteries, fuel, chem. handwarmers,etc.)
Everything else (all survival gear) is to be carried from the start by the racer.
• Finger Lake drop bag- 5 lbs/2.5 kg
• Rohn drop bag - 5 lbs/2.5 kg
• Cripple/Iditarod drop bag -10 lbs/4.5 kg
The 2018 Iditarod Trail Invitational will follow the Southern Route to Nome.
entry fee $ 1575.00 (TRACE tracking unit included in the price)
Racers will be responsible for sending their own drops to the villages beyond McGrath.
They send packages addressed to themselves "general delivery" hold for racer to the village post offices along the way beyond McGrath.
The race will provide one airdrop of food and expendables in Cripple between Ophir and Ruby in even years and in the ghost town of Iditarod in odd years.
We need this drop in Anchorage at Speedway Cycles by Saturday February 17,2018 by noon to ensure delivery via ski plane.
Lodging beyond McGrath, tracking, mailing packages, resupplies
Trackleaders.com tracking will track the racers progress to Nome. Friends and family will be able to follow the racer's progress on the internet.
Racers mostly stay in the schools along the way. We provide a list with names and phone numbers for contacts in the villages. The best way to send packages is "general delivery" to yourself in flat rate boxes US Postal Service from Anchorage before you start the race.
To enter the Nome race is a very serious undertaking.
To qualify for the Nome race you must have completed the 350 mile race to McGrath.
Racers who have never finished to Nome will be required to post a $ 750.00 refundable deposit in addition to the $1400.00 entry fee to insure they do not ask for help from Iditarod (sled dog race) trail crews or checkpoints. If a racer asks for assistance from either the deposit will be donated to Iditarod as a penalty for breaking race rules and that racer will not be allowed to enter the Nome race again.
Getting back to Anchorage from Nome with Alaska Air.
There are very long stretches of uninhabited trail on the way to Nome. It has taken top veteran racers several days in bad conditions to cover these long stretches between resupply points. Racers should be self sufficient for several days when they leave McGrath for Nome. When packing drops to be sent to the village post offices it is wise to remember that most villages do not have restaurants and you should have enough food left from your last drop to have a meal when you arrive at the next village. Rookies are advised to contact us or other veteran racers to get some idea of how much food and fuel it is wise to carry on these long stretches. The website has links to racer's blogs and stories that are also helpfull for first time racers.
For More information regarding the Iditarod Trail, view this site: www.iditarod.com
For a list of all the shelter cabins on the route, please download this pdf. Please click here