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The 6633 Arctic Ultra is regarded by many as one of the toughest, coldest, windiest ultra distance footraces on the planet. The 2017 event will be the 9th edition of the race. The non-stop self-sufficient foot race is either over a distance of 120 miles or 350 miles, with both races cross the line of the Arctic Circle. The 120 mile race finishes at the First Nations Hamlet of Fort McPherson, whilst the longer 350 mile race continues to the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk.
Special Note for 2017: 2017 is going to be the last chance for athletes to actually race on the entirety of the Ice Road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. This is the final 120 mile section of the 350 mile race. From 2018 the route of this latter section of the race will be changing as the Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk will no longer exist.
Competitors will be expected to carry or pull on sleds all their provisions for the race including food, cooking items, clothing, sleeping kit and other safety gear. Racers going all the way to Tuktoyaktuk will be allowed 2 drop bags for limited essential gear at approx. 120 miles (Fort McPherson) and 230 miles (Inuvik). All racers will be allowed to have a bag at the finish line for spare warm clothing etc. Checkpoints will be spaced along the route at between 23 and 70 miles apart, where racers will be able to rest for a while and be able to prepare their own food. Hot water and Shelter are the only things guaranteed at the checkpoints.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)