ALASKA ITI 1000
The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world's longest running winter ultra-marathon. The pinnacle of all winter ultra-marathons, the ITI 1000 takes competitors through the far reaches of the Alaskan wilderness, following the Iditarod Trail to its conclusion under the famed burled arch in Nome, Alaska. One of the most challenging experiences on the planet, participants brave extreme physical, environmental and mental challenges as they travel along the historic Iditarod Trail on bicycle, foot or skis. Requiring self-sufficiency and the considerable resilience to make it through up to 30 frozen days and nights, the Iditarod Trail Invitational has built its reputation on notoriously inhospitable conditions and minimal outside support.
The race will begin on February 28, 2021, and I expect it to take me approximately 21 days to complete.
For its participants, the Iditarod Trail Invitational is a measure of human willpower like no other.
I have chosen to compete in honor of the charity Sleep in Heavenly Peace because they are an organization that is doing so much good in the world, and I believe in and support their mission:
Helping Children in Need Sleep Better
All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. In Idaho and across the US, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health.
That’s where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. We’re a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Our organization has grown steadily over time, and we’re working on opening more chapters in different states to serve more people.
My goal is to bring awareness to the SHP mission, recruit sponsors, and raise funds for their organization to help them get more kids in beds.
SHP is planning to feature my experience running through the Alaskan wilderness in the winter to bring attention and awareness to their great charity. I’m excited to partner with organizations and welcome others to jump on board in this effort to amplify the mission of SHP and get more kids into beds and off the floor.
I am looking for community minded organizations interested in sponsoring me as I spread the good word about SHP. We are also hoping to welcome organizations to host a bed build in their community or donate to SHP's bed building efforts worldwide!
If you or your organization is interested in jumping on board to help support my race effort or to get involved with SHP, please reach out through the contact form below.
Thank you to these awesome sponsors who make it possible for me to race across Alaska while creating awareness about children sleeping on the floor and the work that SHP is doing to make sure no child sleeps on the floor in our town!
Leon & Tamara
of Hamilton, MT
I'm Brandon, a blueberry farmer in Eastern WA state
Married for 26 years, father of 4, grandfather of 4
Began running in 2006 when I joined a family weight loss contest
I won the contest and the pot of money, but most importantly, found a passion in ultra-running
Running highlights include:
completed more than thirty-five 100 mile races
as well as three 200+ mile races
and finished the 350 mile Alaska ITI in 2013
founded and directed the Badger Mountain Challenge Endurance 100 mile race from 2011-2014