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SarahCrunning - 20/02/2019 22:49:25
   
Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
If you've been following the progress of Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra this month and thought that was hardcore, here is something to top it. ITI starts on Sunday at Knik Lake, Alaska. It is billed as the world's longest winter ultra-marathon and attracts the best international winter ultra athletes. There are 75 places, and entrants compete on foot, bike or skis.

ITI150 athletes have up to five days to complete 150 miles. To be eligible, they must already have completed at least one snowy, trail winter ultra of 100+ miles. If they successfully complete the 150 and one other qualifying race, they are eligible to apply to enter the more competitive 350 mile event. The ITI150 winners will automatically qualify.

ITI350 athletes have up to 10 days to reach the finish in McGrath. They must carry all of their gear, and there are only six checkpoints and two supply drops. They will encounter mountains and temperatures as low as -50 degrees C. Many of them will be completing this event in order to qualify for the epic 1000 mile race - the distance that earns ITI its 'longest winter ultra' badge.

In order to be eligible to apply to enter ITI1000, athletes must have successfully completed ITI350 as well as demonstrating sufficient mastery of winter survival skills and self-reliance in the Alaskan wilderness. Even then, only the most qualified applicants will be selected each year. Such a high bar is not misplaced - the race has seven checkpoints and three supply drops in the first 500 miles. In the second 500 miles, athletes receive no support at all. They can post supplies to remote villages along the route ahead of the race, but everything else must be carried. They will cover the entire Iditarod trail and finish in Nome. They have up to 30 days to complete the distance and are likely to encounter, gales, rain, blizzards, waist-deep snow, mud, glare ice and more.

The winner of last year's ITI1000 was Jay Petervary on his bike. He finished in 16 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes. The fastest runner, Peter Ripmaster, took 26 days, 13 hours, 44 minutes. Clearly, runners can reasonably expect to be out in the frozen wilderness for around a month, with at least half of that with no support. This is a huge and risky adventure, although there will obviously be emergency help sent to anyone needing to be airlifted from the trail.

The Iditarod trail only exists in its entirety in February and March. It melts in the spring and then becomes impassable. It is only accessible by snowmobile or bush plane. It follows frozen rivers and swamps, crosses the Alaska Range, runs alongside 150 miles of the frozen Yukon River, takes athletes across frozen sea ice along the Bering Sea Coast before finishing in the gold-rush town of Nome.

The event has inspired a series of winter ultras that act as qualifiers in Alaska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Idaho, Canada, Norway and Finland. Most of these have been set up by former ITI athletes. There is also an annual 5-day winter training camp to help athletes prepare.

We will be following the event and updating this thread.
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SarahCrunning - 25/02/2019 18:58:48
   
RE:Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
After nearly 20 hours, Tyson Flaharty has made the most progress along the trail and is at 137 miles. He is completing the 350 mile distance by bike. This is how things stand currently for each distance:

ITI1000

MEN
1. Troy Szczurkowski (Bike) - 101.2 miles
2. John Logar (Bike) - 85.7 miles
3. Petr Ineman (Bike) - 73.9 miles

WOMEN
1. Kim Riggs (Bike) - 59.1 miles
2. Missy Schwarz (Bike) - 58.7 miles
(no other women)

Leading athlete on foot: Beat Jegerlehner - 59.6 miles

ITI350

MEN
1. Tyson Flaharty (Bike) - 137.0 miles
2. Clinton Hodges III (Bike) - 129.5 miles
3. Jay Petervary (Bike) - 124.4 miles

WOMEN
1. Rebecca Rusch (Bike) - 85.7 miles
2. Janice Tower (Bike) - 74.2 miles
3. Erika Van Meter (Bike) - 55.6 miles

Leading athlete on foot: Rob Henderson - 68.9 miles

ITI150

MEN
1. Crispin Studer (Bike) - 95.4 miles
2. Brian Marang (Bike) - 76.3 miles
3. Dennis Staley - 74.8 miles

WOMEN
1. Maren Bradley (Foot) - 55.1 miles
2. Nina Stupples (Bike) - 38.7 miles
3. Cheryl Wallace (Bike) - 38.5 miles

Leading athlete on foot: Stephan Huss - 56.9 miles
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SarahCrunning - 26/02/2019 17:52:21
   
RE:Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
It's been an exciting day so far. Tyson Flaharty (350 mile race leader) reached the Nikolai checkpoint earlier in record time. In the 150 mile race (new this year), we already have a winner - Crispin Studer (bike) finished in 1 day, 11 hours and 29 minutes.

These are how things stand currently for the frontrunners of each race (after just over 1 day, 18.5 hours):

ITI1000

MEN
1. Troy Szczurkavski (bike) - 161.2 miles
2. John Logar (bike) - 147.7 miles
3. Peter Ineman (bike) - 140.6 miles

WOMEN
1=. Kim Riggs (bike) - 122.1 miles
1= Missy Scwarz (bike) - 122.1 miles

Leading athlete on foot - Tim Hewitt (95.8 miles)

ITI350

MEN
1. Tyson Flaharty (bike) - 263.8 miles
2. Jay Petervary (bike) - 249.1 miles
3. Clinton Hodges III (bike) - 245.8 miles

WOMEN
1. Rebecca Rusch (bike) - 150.2 miles
2. Janice Tower (bike) - 131.6 miles
3. Erika Van Meter (bike) - 85.7 miles

Leading athlete on foot: Rob Henderson (122.1 miles)

ITI150

MEN
1. Crispin Studer (bike) - finished
2. Dennis Staley (bike) - 137.8 miles
3. Brian Marang (bike) - 125.9 miles

WOMEN
1. Nina Stupples (bike) - 92.9 miles
2. Cheryl Wallace (bike) - 92.5 miles
3. Maren Bradley (foot) - 85.7 miles

Leading athlete on foot; Stephan Huss (94.7 miles)
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SarahCrunning - 27/02/2019 20:33:08
   
RE:Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
UPDATE as of 2 days:21 hours:11minutes

Four athletes have finished the 350 miler and two more have finished the 150 miler. Tyson Flaherty won ITI350 in 1day, 23hrs, 54mins. Jay Petervary was second in 2:02:49, and Clinton Hodges III was third in 2:05:21. Peter Basinger finished fourth in 2:07:22. In the women's field for the 350, Rebecca Rusch is currently first at 226.9 miles. Janice Tower is second at 180.5 miles and Erika Van Meter is third at 131.7 miles. Rob Henderson remains the leading athlete on foot at 166.9 miles.

In ITI150, Dennis Staley finished in second place in 1:20:34, Brian Marang was third in 1:22:35. In the women's field, Nina Stupples and Cheryl Wallace look set to take first and second places. Nina is currently at 145.2 miles, and Cheryl 145.2 - could be a battle for the top spot! Maren Bradley is both third female and leading athlete on foot at 142.7 miles.

This is how things stand currently on the ITI1000 course:

MEN
1. Troy Szczurkowski - 259.1 miles
2. Peter Ineman - 212.6 miles
3. John Logar - 211.2 miles

WOMEN
1= Kim Riggs - 166.3 miles
1= Missy Schwarz - 166.3 miles

Leading athlete on foot: Tim Hewitt - 142.0 miles
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SarahCrunning - 28/02/2019 17:22:39
   
RE:Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
UPDATE AT 3 DAYS, 18 HOURS, 11 MINUTES

ITI150 is complete, with 12 successful finishers. The women's race was incredibly close with Cheryl Wallace finishing in 2days:21hrs:46mins - one second ahead of Nina Stupples. Maren Bradley was third female and first athlete on foot less than 2 minutes behind Cheryl and Nina - 2:23:06.

It has been unusually mild (relatively speaking), with soft snow causing some difficulties for bikes. In ITI350, Rebecca Rusch (286.2 miles) and Janice Tower (256.0) miles remain first and second females. Rob Henderson is the leading athlete on foot at 212.2 miles

In ITI1000, Troy Szczurkowski remains in the lead on 314.5 miles. John Logar and Petr Ineman are virtually neck and neck on 300.3 and 300.2 miles respectively. Missy Scwarz and Kim Riggs remain together as the only females on 217.6 miles. Beat Jegerlehner is once again the leading athlete on foot at 168.8 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 28/02/2019 22:35:01
   
RE:Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
Rebecca Rusch is the first female finisher of ITI350 - 3 days, 20 hours, 55 minutes.
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SarahCrunning - 01/03/2019 20:10:35
   
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UPDATE AT 4 DAYS, 21 HOURS

Janice Tower finished the ITI350 as second female today in 4 days, 1 hour, 59 minutes. She finished with her brother, Matt Tanaka. Rob Henderson remains the leading athlete on foot at 265.3 miles.

In the 1000 miler, Troy Szcurkowski remains in the lead at 346.8 miles, followed by John Logar at 326.5 miles. Petr Ineman is third at 307.9. Kim Riggs and Missy Schwarz are joint fourth overall and the only remaining women in the race. They are at 300.3 miles. The leading athlete on foot is Beat Jegerlehner at 207.6 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 02/03/2019 18:40:14
   
RE:Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
Rob Henderson finished today as the first athlete on foot in the 350 miler with a time of 5 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes.

ITI1000 UPDATE AT 5 DAYS, 19 HOURS, 31 MINUTES:

John Logar may have just overtaken Troy Szcurkowski, with both showing as 362.5 miles, but with John leading. Jose Bermudez is now in third at 359 miles, with Petr Ineman just behind on 358.6. Kim Riggs and Missy Schwarz are still showing as at 300.3 miles, but it's unclear if that is a tracker issue.
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SarahCrunning - 02/03/2019 22:50:33
   
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Kim and Missy are back on the move and now at 312 miles.
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SarahCrunning - 03/03/2019 18:59:48
   
RE:Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)
Piotr Chadovich and Paul Schlagel were second and third athletes on foot in the 350 miler in 6 days, 1 hour, 13 minutes and 6 days, 9 hours, 35 minutes respectively.

ITI1000 UPDATE AT 6 DAYS, 19 HOURS, 51 MINUTES

John Logar has established a 5km lead over Troy Szczurkowski - they are at 384,1 and 381 miles respectively. Jose Bermudez is in third place on 380.3 miles. Kim Riggs and Missy Schwarz are at 338.9 miles. Beat Jegerlehner is leading the foot race at 299.2 miles.
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