ITI Training Camp
February 11-15, 2019


Winter Bike or run Training on the iditarod trail (since 2002)

We are offering the 2019 camp to fat bikers as well as runners, 15 spaces available.

2019 ITI Training Camp - Flathorn Lake, Alaska
February 11-15, 2019


Completing the  ITI training camp in Alaska will pre-qualify participants to enter the 350 mile race the following year.

New for 2019 is the offer to do the training camp followed by participation in the 150 mile race from Knik to Rainy Pass Lodge, the halfway point of the 350 mile event. This is a unique opportunity for those traveling from overseas to do the camp and participate in the event the same year for the first time!

Special combo offer: training camp & 150 mile race with $300 discount for $1400 (instead of $1700)

Training topics include:

  • gear choice (camping gear, stoves, bikes, sleds, etc.)

  • proper clothing & layering

  • protecting face, hands, feet in the cold

  • moisture management in the cold

  • cold weather training

  • hydration & nutrition in cold weather conditions

  • how to avoid hypothermia and cold weather injuries such as frostbite, trench foot, etc.

  • preparation for the ITI: navigation, safey, check points, drop bags

  • bike set up & bike maintenance

  • sled set up and harness for runners

  • proper tire pressure for varying riding conditions on snow

  • packing the bike/sled for runners

  • setting up a bivi site

  • use of stove and making water efficiently

  • and much more!


Instruction by  Kathi Merchant and Kyle Durand, organizers as well as past racers in the Iditarod Trail Invitational, with guest instruction by past race participants. We have been offering these training camps in Alaska on the Iditarod Trail since 2000. Participants learn to ride and run on winter trails, how to sleep outside comfortably, melting snow for water efficiently, navigation and a variety of other skills. Camp participants also become acquainted with the first 59 miles of the race route and burger at Yentna Station, a longtime Alaskan lodge serving mushers, snowmobilers, as well as fat bikers, runners and skiers in the ITI. Meals are served indoors at our base camp at the edge of Flathorn Lake with an amazing view of Mount Susitna (Sleeping Lady Mountain) and 4 dinners are included with the package.

Transportation from/to Anchorage to Point MacKenzie, 4 evening meals prepared by your instructors, professional instruction by Kathi Merchant & Kyle Durand, race organizers and racers of the 350 mile and 1000 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational.

Not included
Bikes, sleds, winter and athletic gear, breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Upon registration we will email every participant a recommended gear list. 


We recommend the Westmark Hotel in Anchorage for lodging before and after the camp. The hotel is centrally located near restaurants, REI, 6th Ave Outfitters and you can take your gear into the rooms. We will have a snowmobile with a trailer to haul one extra bag per student for extra gear and food. Participants get a discounted rate of $89.00 +12% tax. Book a reservation online at using group code: IDIN2019.

Rental Bikes available in Anchorage

Fatback/Speedway Cycles


Chain Reaction Cycles

Trek Store

The Bike Shop

 Photo:  Pavel Richtr
 Photo: Kyle Durand