photo by Ian Hall I think.
2014 Arrowhead 135 race dates set for last week January. Check-in Jan 25/26, race start Monday Jan 27th, 2014 7AM International Falls, Minnesota. No major changes expected, just more good clean hard fun. Race registration will be announced this summer with signups likely Sept/Oct...stay tuned.
Arrowhead 135 has proven to be one of most challenging ultra-races on the planet with tough weather and course conditions creating average finish rate among good quality competitors barely 50%. Come on over for the test!
Trophy plaques should get mailed next week, if not to you finishers by late March give us a jingle. Bunch of Arrowheaders showing great results at ITI 350 up north, congratulations to all, quite a year is an understatement! Good luck to you in all your off-season endeavors, hope to see you again in I-Falls.
Perennial Arrowheader Bill Bradley with 2013 Run Champion Parker Rios
Appropriate blizzard Arrowhead Stories, here's few I tracked down, feel free to send links:
OhMyGosh here's the Canadians, some of them manned CP3 SkiPulk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw2GeMk7-iw Alison & Ted's Excellent Adventure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVPsg2IguAU Start Video
Top of Wakemup photo Ken Zylstra
Couple quick 2013 Arrowhead 135 Truth Stranger Than Fiction Items:
...warmest start temp in nine yr race history at ~25F.
...largest starting field ever at exactly 135.
...first ever father/son finishers with Chris and Mark Scotch!
...two additional Arrowhead A'trois Finishers: Ken Krueger/Eric Dalgaard making total of 5 awards in race history.
...three out of last four years have seen long 3-man cycling breakaways leading up to final finish stretch. All three broke course record.
...second lowest finish rate in race history at ~35%. 2007 less than 25%.
...first year significant precipitation event. 8-10" heavy wet snow/sleet/ice pellets, areas biggest snowfall of season, mid-race. Not precisely forecasted, especially by race director: B.S. Meteorology UW-Madison 1979 Synoptic Specialty.
...unfortunately no women finishers. Many made noble/valient attempts.
Hope your travels to Frostbite Falls go well, things are looking good for adventure. Last minute updates: All we need to see at gear-check is required list gear, not the bike/sled,etc. Volunteer meeting for all nice volunteers Backus 2:30pm Sunday prior to racer meeting at 4PM next door. Right now looks like we missed good Arctic chill by couple days, nothing looming huge far as weather factors at the start, but that has history of changing at Arrowhead! Midweek might be interesting and a Full Moon.....WeeHaw!
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Start planning Arrowhead 135 v2014, 10th Year of Challenge. Date: START 7AM Monday JAN 27th, finish by Wednesday JAN 29th 7PM. Registration in Fall 2013. Arrowhead 135: winter northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest, scenic, rugged Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail from AMERICA'S FRIENDLY ICEBOX: I-Falls to Fortune Bay Casino near Tower, MN. Pick mode of transport at start: foot, ski, bicycle. Growing from ten crazy racers 9 yrs ago to 135 starters 2013, some of world's best winter ultra-athletes competing along with those of us just out for Adventure or Personal Test! Roster filled. YO MOMMY WON'T RESCUE YOU...see you in I-Falls!