Hope your summers been good, cooling off already thankgoodness! Nine years of adventure on Minnesota's Arrowhead State Trail! 2013 version Arrowhead 135 starts Monday Jan. 28th, check-in International Falls Sat/Sun Jan 26th-27th.
Race veterans send in entries starting Sept. 1st, new racers Oct 1st....we will leave a good number slots open for new racers to prevent in-breeding at Arrowhead. Last year filled roster of 135 racers by late Oct. Most logistics planned same as last year but nature and Minnesota winter will surely throw in some fun...WeeHaw!
2012 Arrowhead Mascot Lilly grows up!
photo by Chris Gibbs
Checkout "Arrowhead, The Movie" for nice idea of what Arrowhead 135 is about.
Checkout "Making The Arrowhead" for our nice trophy.....besides your pride.
ITI, Equinox and White Mountains races bring an end to another great winter of Adventure! Amazing new bunch of snowbike races cropping up this year around Midwest and looks like Running Ultras are more popular than ever.
2013 Arrowhead posting up info on website this summer, no major changes, race dates likely last week of Jan. with signups Sept for Arrowhead Veterans and October for new folks. Pay attention cause we will be filling up again pronto.
Arrowhead donated nearly $10K to Spec Ops Warrior Charity since 2011, lots to Int Falls FoodShelf and gave several hundreds each this year to the Ash River Snowmobile Club and Cook Timberwolves Club who helped at Checkpoint SkiPulk.
See You Around!
Mailing out record number of finisher plaques, if address changed since last Fall, give us email info at arrowheadultra dot com. You should get by 1 April although I see I already spelt a kouple names rong. Tell us if you do not receive or if errors occur....Happy Spring!
Fine competition and a lot of folks busting thru 2012 Arrowhead Challenge!
69 YRS YOUNG!
FYI: Arrowhead Mascot Baby Lilly Adopted by way loving family last week!
Proving an extraordinary strong field Ultra-Winter Racers, 2012 Arrowhead 135 supplied Lots o' Records despite rather soft course conditions mild "snizzely"(snow and drizzle) weather. WeeHaw!
Numerous "fastest" were broken including: Fastest Skier Ever the Minnesota/Wisconsin NorthLands CASEY KRUEGER breaking old ski record by astounding 14 hrs.
Fastest Woman Biker Ever Colorado's ESZTER HORANYI by a couple hours at 18+hrs!
Fastest Man Runner Duluth's Sir JASON BUFFINGTON by 45 minutes in 37hrs and change.
Most Skiers ever to finish...Seven, almost equaling total amount in 8 previous races put together.
Oldest Finisher ever...Erwin Berglund finishing strong on da bike at 69yrs old! Holy Moley!
Closest Exciting Bike Finish Ever Alaskans BREITENBACH and BERNTSON: about a tire width. Previous BasingerOatleyPramann 2010 finish was a tire width and a half.
Most Finishers Ever at 81. Highest Percentage Ever at ~75%. Mild conditions provided tough going in spots but allowed folks to "Tough It Out", and finish.
Fine Volunteers Everywhere, Great sponsors and local Hosts at Nations IceBox I-Falls/Gateway Store/MelGeorge Resort/Ski-Pulk and Fortune Bay provided a Home Run for racers.
Arrowhead 135 Inc. donated ~150lbs Food to nice I-Falls Foodshelf and while we figure out da bills, should be $+5000 to Spec Ops Warrior Foundation Charity and Local Snowmobile Clubs for THANKS using the nice Arrowhead Trail! Cool.
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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.