Iditarod Trail Invitational

Alaskans are doing some stuff you would not believe would be possible. Certainly, when I was a kid nobody would talk about running to Nome. We were already pretty impressed when Joe Reddington ran a team of dogs to Nome. Well, now people are racing by foot and by fat-tire bike to Nome and points in between, such as McGrath.

Runners David Johnston and Shawn McTaggart laugh it up a mile into the 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational.  Photo courtesy of David Johnston.
Runners David Johnston and Shawn McTaggart laugh it up a mile into the 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational. Photo courtesy of David Johnston.

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about the Iditarod Trail Invitational race, which claims to be the longest winter ultramarathon in the world, sending racers by foot, bike or ski either 1000 miles from Knik to Nome, or 350 miles from Knik to McGrath. In the studio we’ve got a fat-tire bike record holder, a first-time fat-tire racer in the ITI, and an ultrarunner who has completed the trip to Nome twice on foot.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS: 

  • Kevin Breitenbach, men’s record-holder, 350-mile ITI course
  • Lars Danner, first-time ITI bike racer
  • Shawn McTaggart, ultrarunner, finished 1000-mile race to Nome twice

BROADCAST: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. AKDT

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