The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world’s longest winter ultra marathon by fat bike, foot and ski and follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik, Alaska over the Alaska Range to McGrath and to Nome in late February every year one week before the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The short race 350 miles finishes in the interior village of McGrath on the Kuskokwim River and the 1000 mile race finishes in Nome. Racers have to finish the 350 mile race in a previous year before they can enter the 1000 mile race.
For an incredibly detailed account of RJ Sauer’s Iditarod Trail journey, check out our featured story; When The Trail Goes Cold.
2018 Race Recap: Fan favourite and Salsa rider Jay Petervary took first place at this year’s ITI 1000 with a finish time of 16 days, 23 hours, and 45 minutes. At the time, the next two riders were two days behind, which is said to be one of the biggest leads we’ve seen in the 1000 mile distance. Phil Hofstetter, Jay Cable, and Kevin Breitenbach all finished two days later, March 16th, at 5:00pm. On the 350 mile route, another Salsa rider, Neil Beltchenko, took first place with a time of 3 days, 1 hour, and 4 minutes. Clinton Hodges and Casey Fagerquist finished a few hours later with unofficial times of 3 days, 9 hours, and 59 minutes and 3 days, 13 hours, and 50 minutes, respectively. Keep an eye on the ITI website and facebook page for further updates. Also for photos and a detailed report from Neil’s ITI 350 win, check this out.