Iditarod Trail Training Camp

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

ITI Training Camp - Flathorn Lake, Alaska
February 17-21, 2020


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

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. 


 Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites is our partner for lodging.

ITI participants qualify for a special rate of $60/night for a standard room or $80/night for King Suite rooms, breakfast is included, you will be allowed to bring bicycles and gear into the guest rooms, and the hotel will store your bags for free while you are out on the trail.

Contact the hotel at (907) 276-0110 or (800) 544-0786 and tell the representative that you are with the Iditarod Trail Invitational. You may also coordinate directly with the guest service manager at

If you have already booked a room with the Westmark, please remember to cancel your reservation. 

Rental Bikes available in Anchorage

Fatback/Speedway Cycles


Chain Reaction Cycles

Trek Store

The Bike Shop

Photo:  Pavel Richtr
Photo: Kyle Durand