The 2017 Iditarod Trail Invitational starts Sunday February 26 at 2:00PM at Knik Lake, Alaska.
The 130 mile ITI event is a qualifier for the 350 mile race.
The winner of the 130 mile race will receive a guaranteed entry into the 350 mile race the following year.
The mandatory pre race meeting is on Saturday February 25 from 11 am to 1 PM at the Turnigan room at the Westmark Hotel.
The $650.00 entry fee for the 130 mile race will provide:
Meals & Accomodations at
Yentna Station (mile 60), CP 1
Skwentna Roadhouse (mile 90) CP 2
Shell Lake Lodge (mile 110) not a check point but fodd and lodging is available
are availble for purchase for racers.
CP 1 Yentna Station- mile 59
After leaving Knik the race route is completely off the road system. The trail leaves Knik and traverses frozen swamps and lakes to the Susitna River. Turning right onto the river we follow the Susitna to it's confluence with the Yentna River. Turning left up the Yentna racers soon reach the first checkpoint fiftyseven miles into the race at Yentna Station. Some racers in the past have made the mistake of turning right up a slough shortly after getting on the Yentna. Stay on the main river until you arrive at Yentnta Station.
CP 2 Skwentna Roadhouse- mile 90
The trail continues up the Yentna River past the confluence with the Skwentna River before turning left off the river and arriving at the second checkpoint, Skwentna Roadhouse approximately ninety miles from the start.
Finish 130 mile race - Winterlake Lodge- mile 130
The trail leaves Skwentna and heads into the foot hills of the Alaska Range. At about one hundred thirty miles racers reach the third checkpoint Winterlake Lodge on Finger Lake. Here they can re-supply from their drop bags flown in by the race organization with a small plane on skis.