The year 2012 turned out to be a tough year for the ITI and all participants and a true test of endurance. The first night 30 inches of fresh snow fell on the first 130 miles of the Iditarod Trail. Half the field dropped out within the first 2 days of the race. Of the 48 racers that started, only 18 reached the finish line of the 350 mile in McGrath.
No one continued on to Nome in the 1000 mile race that year.