On the Blog: Running 350 Miles in Snow

Today on our blog, we hear from Alaskan Geoff Roes. His girlfriend, Jill Homer, is planning to cycle 350 snowy miles in the human-powered Iditarod. Homer has been writing about it for us in her series, Biking the Iditarod.

Now Roes checks in. He's training for the same race — in the runners division. Roes figures he'll need eight days or so to complete the run, which he intends to do in a pair of ordinary cross-country running shoes with a neoprene cover. Like the other Iditarod racers, runners have to carry their gear with them. He'll haul his along in the cheap plastic sled he bought at a drugstore.

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