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Biking the Iditarod

Jill Homer Reaches the First Checkpoint

The 350-mile human-powered Iditarod Trail Invitational kicked off Sunday at 2 p.m. local from the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska.

At 9:10 p.m., snow cyclist Jill Homer hauled herself into the first official checkpoint, Yentna Station. She left again 15 minutes later, heading for Skwentna at mile 90. No sign yet of Homer's boyfriend, Geoff Roes, who's racing on foot. That's not unexpected, since biking the course takes about eight days, running it more like 11 or 12.

The record keepers are sending over short notes, like this one:

"Jill Homer is the first Woman into Yentna at 9:10 if she has a good race it is possible to beat the womans record to Mcgrath."

We'll post more as we get it. Meanwhile, here's a clip from Roes on a training run with his sled. On his blog, he shares a couple more — let's just say it's a long, long run. You can post notes for the racers on the course message board.