135 ICY MILES BY FOOT, BIKE OR SKI. “Among the Wild: The Arrowhead 135” to play at Minnesota Discovery Center
Imagine crossing 135 miles of snow-covered, Northeastern Minnesota tundra. In January. Completely self-supported, and carrying all of your survival gear, by foot, biking or skiing. The Minnesota Discovery Center, in partnership with the Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists (IROC), invites you to a showing of “Among the Wild: The Arrowhead 135,” a documentary on the endurance race, on February 26 at the Minnesota Discovery Center theater. The event starts at 6:30 PM with a display of equipment from area vendors, followed by a film-showing at 7:00 PM, and concluding with a presentation by 2013 snow-bike winner Todd McFadden and a panel discussion. Admission is free.
The “Arrowhead 135” is an annual endurance race that has been described as one of the 50 toughest, most-notorious, ultra-races on the planet. Held every January, participants on bicycles, skis or foot attempt to cross the 135 miles from International Falls to Tower, Minnesota on the weekend that has historically been the coldest of the year. With the challenging terrain, the lack of sleep, and the freezing cold, the “Arrowhead 135” is one of the world’s most brutal endeavors.
“Among the Wild: The Arrowhead 135” is a thirty-minute film that follows three racers as they attempt to finish the course in the allotted 60 hours. Adventure Minnesota Films, LLC, followed Bonnie Moebeck (on bike), John Storkamp (on foot) and Mark Scotch (on skis) as they traversed the snowmobile trail that led the way from International Falls to Tower, completely self-supported and with only three checkpoints along the way.
“Among the Wild” has shown to sold-out audiences throughout Minnesota. Luther Kemp, president of IROC, said “When we watched the trailer for “Among the Wild,” IROC immediately wanted to be a part of bringing this film to the Hibbing-Chisholm area. One of our main goals as a club is to get the Iron Range excited about mountain biking. The film captures Fatbiking which is a rapidly growing sport. Most our members either have Fatbikes or wish we did.’
“Our February 26 event is going to be cool. We were able to line up some awesome guest speakers, including Todd McFadden who won the event in 2013! The best part is that MDC is offering free admission! Other movie showings have cost up to $15 per seat.”
Thursday’s event will include an opportunity to check out Fatbikes from local bike shops and meet and greet area outdoor enthusiasts. IROC will have a booth for anyone who has any questions about the club. The event is sure to inspire.