Dear Arrowhead: Perhaps the compelling reason to allow me to participate in this year's Arrowhead 135 has to do with my rather ascetic beginnings.....I am the love child product of a passionate romantic tryst, somewhere on the steep slopes of an alp located within the Karakoram Range, betwixt two of the greatest explorers of the Golden Age--namely Amelia Earhardt and Ernest Shackleton.
My mother never told Shackleton for fear the news would cause him indigestion. She also knew she could never raise me properly as she was allergic to children. She courageously sold me to a tribe of Sherpa mountain folk. This loving clan of simple people could not provide for me as they had collective distaste for all things which were smallish, cried, and occasionally stinky. Thus my second parents with great regret traded me to an English mountaineering troupe for a few liters of "flavored" Chai.
Luckily for me, their leader, the Great Mallory, had a predilection for infants, feeling they brought good luck, so he agreed to the trade with the stipulation that no one would object to him carrying me along in his rucksack as he made his historic summit attempt on the flanks of Mount Everest. Given that his demise is well-recorded within the annuls of mountaineering lore, suffice to say that I was tossed off the mountain in a futile effort to save weight as the air thinned and Mallory became obsessed with gaining a foothold upon the top of the world.
Picked up by a pride of Yetis, I was raised to manhood by these uncomplicated and exceedingly shy beasts. In a tear-wrenching encounter with the great alpinist Reinhold Messner, my adoptive parents reluctantly gave me up to the Italian Superstar in trade for a broken, yet shiny Rubik's Cube.
Messner regaled me with stories of great adventure during our brief time together, but alas he too found it too difficult to offer me sanctuary as he complained I smelled of old musky socks and displayed poor table manners.
Messner traded me to the Mayo brothers, who were traveling near the base of Annapurna, in exchange for a few doses of Diamox and that is how I found my way to Rochester, Minnesota as a young man.
Dear Mr. _ _ _ _ _ _: We are sorry but the roster is full. Plus, just having a robust, adventurous childhood does not, in itself, qualify you for this "God-Forsaken" race. Signed, AH 135
ARROWHEAD ROSTER FULL. IF YER NOT LISTED ON ROSTER AND NOT POSTMARKED BY 24 OCT, OR YOU HAVEN'T SPOKEN TO ME ABOUT YOUR APPROVED ENTRY, WE ARE NOT REVIEWING/ACCEPTING ANYMORE. SORRY, WAIT TIL 2013 RACE, CAUSE WE ARE MAXED OUT and SO IS THE SHORT WAITING LIST MAXED OUT. SURELY CAN USE MORE VOLUNTEERS THIS YEAR IF YA WANT TO BE PART OF THE RACE.... THANKS EVERYBODY!
Minnesota-based gear company O2 is Arrowheads latest supporter/sponsor for 2012! Breathable, lightweight, relatively inexpensive spell their cycling and standard raingear. The list of companies claiming waterproof and breathable is long but O2's really is! We got a bunch for the "World Famous Arrowhead Pre-Race Drawing" Click on the logo to checkout their website, great ideas for XMAS and the cold rains comin! THANKS O2!!
2012 Arrowhead shaping up strong! Afton Trail Run, Almanzo Royal, Tour Divide (UPer Danny Hill), Soggy Bottom, Leadville, Fall Superior, Heck O North.....judging off-season activities of Arrowhead participants, 2012 looks to bring pretty tough competition.
Race logistics constant, just weather and trail ya never know. Registration open for previous accepted Arrowhead racers and any 2011 Volunteers seeking race entry, Oct. 15th new folks. 2012 race limiting to 135 racers listed in above rules/registration/roster tab.
Arrowheads Matt Maxwell and Joy Parker at Superior
Arrowhead Trail profile. Basically flat to rolling for the first 1/3, then real hills start aways before MelGeorge including a lot which force cyclists to dismount and trudge and skiers may be walking up too. Serious hills climbing out of Elephant Lake, then it flattens for a bit until more big hills to the west of Lake Vermillion. Final 20 miles are flat to finish.Have heard several numbers on total climbing of trail, likely ~7500ft.
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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.