RUSCH TO ALASKA: 2020

350 MILES ACROSS THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS 

START: SUNDAY, MARCH 1    

Knik Lake, Wasilla, AK

I swore I would never do the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI). I'm not intimidated by the distance, but instead by the brutal elements and conditions of the Alaskan winter. You see, I don't belong in the cold. I have the unfortunate combination of poor circulation and active sweat glands. In the subzero temperatures of Alaska, this can be a deadly combination. I also have lung and breathing issues that have caused debilitating infections in cold or long races. But...

RISK = REWARD

Exploration and pushing outside my comfort zone have been part of who I am my entire life. I've lived and preached the rewards of taking calculated risk for decades. I'm returning to Alaska to challenge myself yet again. The risk is terrifying but the reward will be worth it as I know I won't return the same person. 

ABOUT THE IDITAROD TRAIL INVITATIONAL

"A true test of human endurance, adaptability and mental fortitude, competitors travel 350 miles on the historic Iditarod Trail under their own power while hauling all of their survival gear with them. Only six checkpoints with food and minimal sleeping quarters are offered prior to reaching the finish line in McGrath, Alaska."

"For most participants, the ITI 350 is not a race but an adventure. For those people, exploring one of the most remote places on the planet isn't important because of what it immediately accomplishes; rather, it is important because of what it facilitates within them. This is their testing ground. A time and place carved out to challenge themselves, tolerate adversity, cope with uncertainty, and learn from failure."

SUCCESS!

REBECCA & GREG FINISHED THE 350 MILE COURSE TOGETHER AT 8:39PM ON MARCH 8TH

 

ROUTE INFORMATION

SCHEDULE

  • SATURDAY, FEB. 29: Athlete check-in & Race Meeting in Anchorage, AK
     

  • SUNDAY, MAR. 1: 2:00pm Race Start from Knik Lake

TRACK REBECCA

TRACK REBECCA ON HER GARMIN IN-REACH AND FOLLOW HER ON THE JOURNEY
SEE REBECCA'S FINAL RESULTS HERE​

 

REBECCA'S GEAR

I'm no longer a rookie!  My experience in 2019 taught me a lot about gear, nutrition and mental toughness in the extreme Alaskan environment. This year I return to Alaska as a fitter, more knowledgeable athlete. My gear is dialed in. My nutrition has been carefully calculated. I'm ready for this challenge.

Check out my blog post from Jay P's Fat Pursuit to learn more about the gear and nutrition I'll be using in Alaska.

 

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