The roster for the 2017 Arrowhead 135 has been published. You can
find it in the 'Race Info/Registration' menu, '2017 Roster' menu item.
Note there are changes/additions forthcoming in the next couple of days.
Our race roster is full and we are no longer taking applications (unless there are special circumstances.) We should have the roster posted shortly.
The application for the 2017 Arrowhead Winter Ultra race can be downloaded HERE. Non US racers please use payment link on RACE INFO/REGISTRATION tab for credit card payment.
Lots of good articles, blogs, and photo galleries.
Article about Sveta Vold - 3rd place female biker - nursing at checkpoints.
Article in New York Times.
Article in Star Tribune.
Article in Duluth News Tribune about Jim Reed and Scott Hoberg, co-1st place male runners.
Article in FasterSkier about Mike Brumbaugh, 1st place skier and new record holder.
Article in International Falls Journal.
Article by Melissa Friesen of the West End Weekly in Rainy River, ON.
Radio program in The Last Aid Station.
Articles by Phillip Gary Smith - 2016 Arrowhead 135: Racing ‘Round the Clock and THE SPIRIT OF ARROWHEAD AWARD: THE STORY.
Articles by Christopher Tassava, a biker. First, and second (final?).
Article about Jill Martindale, 2nd place female biker.
Blog post by Jill Martindale.
Blog by Steve Cannon - a biker. Part I, Part II, and Part III. Note a picture of 'the kill' is shown...
Article in Salsa Cycles with Jay and Tracy Petervary.
Story by Lindsay Gauld.
Blog post by Jeff Rock, a runner.
Blog post by Ben Doom, a biker.
Article about Barry Buhr, a biker.
Blog post by Paul Zeigle, a biker.
Blog post by Judd Rohwer, a biker.
Blog post by Charlie Tri, a biker.
Blog post by Mark Scotch a skier, er biker this year.
Story by Kirk Ridenour, a runner.
Photos of bikers near Gateway by Lori Dobbs.
Photo gallery by Gear Junkie.
Photo gallery by International Falls Journal.
Video (from 2014) from Salsa, 'The Push'.
Photo albums by Burgess Eberhardt, a snowmobiler volunteer. Album 1, Album 2, and Album 3.
Album of all finishers:
On January 28, 2013, the Adventure Minnesota Film crew consisting of 13 volunteers drove north to the frozen and remote wilderness of northern Minnesota to capture one of the toughest winter ultra races on our planet, the Arrowhead 135. Racers were allowed to attempt the challenging 135-mile terrain on foot, bike or ski and given only 60 hours to complete the course. Completely self-supported, there were only three checkpoints along the way that followed a snowmobile trail through forest and swampland from International Falls to Fortune Bay Casino on Lake Vermillion.The combination of cold, challenging terrain and lack of sleep racers encounter at the Arrowhead 135 conquer even the most hearty and experienced racers. Strength and endurance alone does not ensure a finish. The Arrowhead 135 requires experience, patience, fortitude and will. All to arrive at a finish line that may not have anyone present to applaude the accomplishment.To capture the race, the Adventure Minnesota Film crew followed three racers from start to finish: Bonnie Moebeck on bike, John Storkamp on foot and Mark Scotch on skis. Each of the racers brought their own energy and experience to the start line. Moebeck, only two years recovered from a rare bacteria illness that nearly took her life, was attempting the race for the very first time. Storkamp, a seasoned Arrowhead 135 veteran and four-time winner brought experience and know-how to his 8th run on the trail. Scotch, reasonably new to the ultra scene, raced for his 2nd time. With a laid back approach and a glint of competition in his eye, Scotch chose to ski the 135 miles to Fortune Bay Casino. The weather was in his favor.The Adventure Minnesota Film crew now faces an ultra of its own, editing the 30+ hours of footage into a 15-20 minute film that captures the essence of the Arrowhead 135. Each of the racers placed differently. Not all of them crossed the finish line, and none of them were expecting the snowstorm that swept the course on day two.
Click HERE to either rent or purchase it from Vimeo.
More roster updates and bib assignments have been posted.
Go to Results menu -> 2016 Results to see bib assignments.
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The 13th annual AH135 will be Jan 30 to Feb 1st, 2017. We will take race veteran apps starting 9-1-16 and rookie apps 10-1-16. Please make sure you have a qualifying race - see below. Our roster is limited to ~150 racers and fills quickly.
Gear check will be Jan 28th/29th. Please ensure you meet or exceed the qualifications listed below if you plan to race.
Check out the rules page for proposed changes for 2017.
There are lots of articles, stories, and photo albums from racers, reporters, and volunteers. Go read them all.