International Falls hit -30 Degrees F last night. We hope you are prepared for this year's race. Shown below is Carla from Brazil training on the trail this week. We have had lots of snow and cold so the trail should be in great shape.
The Arrowhead Ultra is included in "World's ULTIMATE Running Races" (Japanese version) which will be available soon on Amazon.
Make your list, and check it twice, and make sure you have all the mandatory gear for the race. We do a very thorough gear check.
Looking for a way to punish yourself? Apply elsewhere.
As expected, the 2014 Arrowhead Ultra 135 roster filled in record time. We are amazed at the talent of the applicants. There will be a lot of competition on the trail this winter. We are holding a few spots for elite race veterans (multiple finishes or top finishers) who are on the trail and have not sent in their applications yet. The roster will be posted shortly.
See you in a couple months.
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.
Applications for Arrowhead 135 veterans will be taken starting 9-1-13. Applications for new racers will be taken starting 10-1-13. We are expecting a full field of racers this year, please ensure you list your qualifications on your application as this may be a factor in determining the race roster.
The application download on the Race Registration page has been updated for 2014.
Please note that we will not be offering a free entry to the ITI for race winners this year. This was done the past couple years to promote the ITI in Alaska, this promotion was a huge success with 16 AH135 racers participating in the ITI in 2013 (with 100% finish rate!!)
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:
Story by Kevin Breitenbach HERE.
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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We would like to make a couple of announcements:
- This year's Spirit of the Arrowhead will be awarded to Mike Stattleman. Mike was nominated multiple times for going above and beyond to assist an injured racer. Mike is also a former Arrowhead A'trois winner. We had an anonymous racer sponsor this $100 award which Mike has chosen to donate to the Falls Hunger Coalition.
- Rachel Utecht wins the 2017 Shackleton Endurance Award for spending the most time on the trail. Rachel was an unsupported racer on foot. The award consists of a $100 donation to the charity of Rachel's choice - charitywater
- In addition to our major charities (Special Operations Warrior Foundation, MN Safe Families, and Falls Food Shelf) we will be making a $100 donation to the Semper Fi Fund on behalf of the Arrowhead Volunteers.
- 2018 race dates Jan 29th to 31st. Cowards won't show.
The 14th annual AH135 will be Jan 29th to 31st, 2018. We will take race veteran apps starting 9-1-17 and rookie apps 10-1-17. 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 27th/28th. Please ensure you meet or exceed the qualifications listed below if you plan to race.
Trackleaders is offering Spot device rentals and tracking for the Arrowhead. This is optional for racers. They can support rentals and personal devices. Last year they did a simple signup form: http://trackleaders.com/arrowhead-signupCheck 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.