It is finally fall in the western hemisphere and we are still mountain biking on dirt here in the Southwest desert finishing up with our last guided trip of the summer/fall 2012season. Alaska has seen the first snow flakes and the tundra, rivers and lakes are slowly freezing up. I start thinking about winter and the race and soon will be focusing on making all the arrangements for the trail and check points along the way. Bill and I will be back in Alaska for our only winter training camp this winter season fromÂ January 21-25, 2013Â and we have 5 folks signed up from 5 different countries so far. It looks to be an interesting one. We are really looking forward to it.
Anyone interested to join us, we have one spot left.
There are several winter races taking place before the ITI.
These are qualifiers for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 mile race.
TheÂ Tuscobia UltraÂ in Wisconsin will be Dec. 28-30.
The winner of the 150 mile race will receive an entry into the 2014 ITI 350 mile race.
Next up will be theÂ Arrowhead 135Â in Minnesota on Monday January 28, 2013.
Their race roster is filled as well!
First runner and first biker receive an entry into the 2014 ITI.
Unfortunately theÂ Susitna 100Â was cancelled this year, but will return in 2014.
Alex Casavovas( a finisher of the 350 mile ITI by bike) is offering theÂ Rovaniemi 150 KÂ for the second year in Finland.
Currently it is the only qualifier we accept in Europe at this point.
TheÂ White Mountains 100Â near Fairbanks Alaska takes place on Sunday March 24, 2013.
All 65 spots have been filled already and many including me ( Kathi) are on the waiting list.
I was hoping to do this one after we finish up with our race on the Iditarod Trail.
I hope everyone is having a great fall season and training for the ITI or other winter races.
Happy Halloween and happy trails!