We limit the amount of racers to 85 entries for all three distances combined (130, 350 and 1000 mile).
We accept a few new entries to this event every year after a personal conversation by phone or email and based on a racer's winter ultra resume.
If you have no previous winter ultra experience contact us about our winter training camps on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska and for the first time in Europe in January 2017 in Geilo Norway.
We accept veteran applications starting April 1 and rookie applications starting April 8. The race is usually full by May 1 every year.
We will select THE MOST QUALIFIED applicants.Unguided high altitude mountaineering, multi day arctic expeditions in Canada, Greenland, North or South Pole also are taken into consideration. We do not accept multi day long distance summer events as qualifiers. We only accept winter ultra experience and winter expedition experience when selecting participants. Winter camping skills, navigation and winter survival skills, self sufficiency are crucial for this event.
Since 1999 the Susitna 100 has been the longest ongoing qualifier race.
Since 2014 it is under new race management by Kim & Erin Kittredge.
Many of the other qualifiers were started by racers who had taken part in the ITI.
2005: The Arrowhead 135 Minnesotawas started by Pierre Ostor and is now organized by Kim Krueger.
2010: White Mountains 100 Alaska was founded by ITI racer Ed Plumb and became an instant success recently organized by Joel Homan.
2012: Tuscobia Ultra Wisconsin has been providing a paid for entry for the winner in the 150 mile race. organized by Chris & Helen Scotch.
2014: The Fat Pursuit Idaho is organized by longtime ITI participants Jay & Tracey Petervary in Island Park Idaho.
There are currently only two qualifier events in Europe.
2012: Rovaniemi 150 Finland and Roavve 300 both started by Alex Casavonvas who participated in the ITI in 2011.
2017: Fat Viking Norway fat bike race organized by Nina Gaesler from Norway.
2012: Actif Epica 100 mile and 130 mile events in Winnipeg Canada.
The field in the ITI has become very competitive with many returning veterans.
For new racers to get selected , you must finish one qualifier to enter the ITI 130 mile race or have 3 qualifiers completed in a previous year to get selected for the 350 mile race.
Anyone entering the 1000 mile race must finish the 350 mile race in a previous year.
If you are interested in hosting a qualifier event please contact Kathi Merchant at email@example.com
We look forward to hear from you!
The Westmark Hotel in downtown Anchorage will be hosting the 2017 ITI.
Westmark Hotel Anchorage
call 1-800-544-0970 or e-mail:
Vicki Logan VLogan@hagroup.com
Go to www.westmarkhotels.com
Select "Anchorage" as the destination
Click Here and add the Online Group Code: IDIN2017 and the special room rate will show
The Westmark offers a special rate of $85.00/night +12% tax and has blocked rooms for our racers before and after.
The Westmark is centrally located in downtown Anchorage near restaurants, the Coastal Trail, not far from REI, 6th Ave Outfitters, Safeway store and Sagayas store.
The Fur Rondy is going on in the week prior to the race start. It is a great location to spend a week and prepare for the race.
More info and help in planning your stay in Anchorage, visit the website Visit Anchorage
The pre race meeting is Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 @ 11:00 -1:00 PM at the Westmark Hotel in the Turnigan room on the first floor. It has space for up to 85 people.
The bus to the race start and bike transport takes off at the Westmark Hotel on Sunday February 26 @ 11:00 AM.
We start loading bikes into a cargo can at 10:30 AM.
Alaska European Bed & Breakfast
3107 Cottonwood Street Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Irene Green has been hosting our foreign racers for many years now at the B&B.
She will be there again to host ITI racers, and especially for the foreign racers this winter 2016/2017.
She speaks several European languages.
Phone (907) 258-2746
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