Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sunday, December 23 2007

All is good here in Alaska. Kathi and I rode up the trail Friday night to Flathorn Lake to celebrate the longest night of the year. With the moon nearly full we hardly used our lights. We could use a little more snow but there is enough to smooth out the trail on the swamps and the creeks are all frozen. The trail is in from Nikolai to McGrath and word is there is good snow and ice all the way to Nome.
Some of you will soon be packing your drops. I want to remind everyone that only food, fuel, batteries and handwarmers are allowed in drop bags for Finger Lake and Rohn. All clothing and gear must be carried from the start in the McGrath race. Nome racers may send extra gear to McGrath by post. You are allowed 10lbs (4.5 kilos) per drop but please send only what you believe you will need. We can no longer dump food that is left in Rohn and what you do not take we have to fly out. We also must haul out what is left in Finger Lake. Nome racers should send only what they will carry from Cripple since there is no place to leave garbage or extra supplies. If you mail your drops please put them in bags inside the shipping boxes to make them easier to pack in the plane for delivery.
We hope training goes well for all and we look forward to you soon.
Bill and Kathi

Friday, December 7, 2007

December update

December 6, 2007

Hello All,
Winter is in full swing here in Chickaloon and Kathi and I have been enjoying the winter riding. We are excited to see all of you soon for the 7th annual Iditarod Trail Invitational! I spoke with Peter Schneiderheinze in McGrath yesterday and he is looking forward to hosting all of us again this year. The trail from Nikolai to McGrath is in and they have about two feet of snow. All drop bags are due by February 17th.
Those of you mailing drops can send them to us at:

Alaska Ultra Sport
POB 1125
Chickaloon, Alaska

We will pick up all other drops at Alaska European B&B on Sunday, Feb. 17th at 1:00 pm. As always drops are limited to food, fuel and batteries only ! All clothing and survival gear must be carried from start to finish in the McGrath race. Nome racers may send extra gear to the McGrath Post office at their own expense. Nome racers will also have a drop bag that will be sent to the Iditarod Cripple checkpoint between Ophir and Ruby. All drops are limited to 10 lbs (4.5 kilos) each. Those of you sending your drops by mail should package them in a waterproof bag inside the shipping box. Bags pack much better in the small plane. The pre-race meeting is at the Loussac Library Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The bus to the starting line will leave from the Golden Lion Best Western at 36th Ave.and New Seward Hwy. Sunday, Feb. 24th at 11:00 am. Race start is at 2:00 pm Sunday Feb. 24th. The only major change this year is we will be using Yentna Station instead of Luce's Lodge as our first checkpoint. Those racers planning to stay at Alaska European B&B need to contact Irene at I am sure there will be more of you wishing to stay at the B&B than she can accomodate so it is best to contact her early. For the few who still haven't sent your entry fees don't forget they go up by $100.00 Jan. 1st. We hope training goes well and you have a great winter season and
Happy Holidays
Bill and Kathi