The Route

The ITI follows the historic Iditarod Trail from its trailhead at Knik Lake near Anchorage to the remote interior village of McGrath, continuing to the Bering Sea before reaching the trail's conclusion in Nome.

After the village of Ophir, the trail diverges into northern and southern routes before rejoining in Kaltag. Generally, in even-numbered years, the northern route is followed, and in odd-numbered years, the southern route is used.

As a result of route changes over the past few years, the ITI will follow the southern route in 2018 and 2019, if conditions allow. 

 The southern Iditarod Trail route

The southern Iditarod Trail route


Checkpoints

Seven checkpoints (including the ITI 130 and ITI 350 finishes) with food and minimal lodging are available to participants.

Checkpoint 1 - Yentna Station (mile 59)

  • Racers pay for meals and lodging, if desired
  • Hot and cold water provided

Checkpoint 2 - Skwentna Roadhouse (mile 90) 

  • Racers pay for meals and lodging, if desired
  • Hot and cold water provided

Checkpoint 3 - Finger Lake (mile 130) 

  • ITI 130 finish
  • Meals and tent lodging provided

Checkpoint 4 - Rainy Pass (mile 165) 

  • Meals and lodging provided
  • Meals and lodging for sale in Rainy Pass Lodge

Checkpoint 5 - Rohn (mile 200) 

  • Meals and tent lodging provided

Checkpoint 6 - Nikolai (mile 300)

  • Meals, lodging and showers provided

Checkpoint 7 - McGrath (mile 350)

  • ITI 350 finish
  • Meals and lodging provided

Supply Drops

Three supply drops are provided for ITI 1000 participants and two supply drops are provided for ITI 350 competitors. Drop bags may only contain consumable items (food, batteries, hand warmers, etc); all survival gear must be carried by competitors from the start.

Drop #1

  • Checkpoint 3 - Finger Lake (mile 130)
  • 5 lb limit

Drop #2

  • Checkpoint 5 - Rohn (mile 200)
  • 5 lb limit

Drop #3

  • Iditarod (mile 473)
  • 10 lb limit
  • Liquid fuel provided

ITI 1000 participants may mail boxes of consumable items to themselves in villages along the route prior to the start of the race.


Return Flights

Return flights to Anchorage vary based on the ITI race completed.

ITI 130: arranged by ITI crew members upon arrival at the finish and included in your entry fee.

ITI 350: arranged and paid for by participant with Pen Air upon arrival in McGrath using ITI discount rate. 2018 rate is $185 including bike/sled and luggage.

ITI 1000: arranged and paid for by participant with Alaska Airlines upon arrival in Nome using ITI discount rate.