December 6, 2007
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Bill and Kathi