The 15th annual AH135 will be Jan 28th to 30th, 2019.
Registration for the 2019 Arrowhead Winter Ultra Race will be handled by UltraSignup. You can find the registration page HERE.
Please note that registrations will be done lottery style due to limited space on our rosters. Race veterans are encouraged to apply 9-1-18 and race rookies are encouraged to apply 10-1-18. Roster decisions will be made after those dates. We strive for ~2/3 vets and ~1/3 rookies. You will not be charged until you are added to the roster.
You must have a qualifying race before applying. For bikers, we require at least a 200 mile road bike race or 100 mile off road race, preferably in winter. We require at least a 100 mile race for foot and ski competitors, preferably in winter. If you don't have a qualifying race but feel you have other experience that would allow you to safely complete Arrowhead, please list that on your application.
Pray for cold and snow - we look forward to seeing all the racers, sponsors, and volunteers.
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Ice conditions have improved, snowmobile trails have been staked and groomed and more people are getting out on Rainy Lake. Sand Bay is the most popular fishing area with walleye hitting on jigs and minnows, or minnows on bare hooks and a bobber. Morning is the best time, and somewhere in the area of 30 feet is the right depth.
Crappie can be pulled from the crib areas around Black Bay and they are responding to smaller minnows in about 25 feet of water. You might also pull in a good sized northern pike in those areas.
Thanks to the Voyageurs National Park Association for stepping in to help pay for trail grooming in the Park, which has made snowmobile access much easier and safer from Franks Bay through Black Bay and on to Gold Portage. Ski trails have also been groomed and the Rainy Lake Visitor Center will be open so you can use the ski or snowshoe loan program this weekend.
This is also the weekend of Icebox Days so there will be a lot going on. We have most all of the events listed in our Calendar if you want to check them out.
This post was brought to you by Rainy Lake Guide Association.
Welcome to the wacky winter festival known as Icebox Days – an annual celebration staged in what the world knows as the “Icebox of the Nation.” That trademarked moniker, given to us by Collier’s magazine decades ago, harbors plenty of implications but one thing is for sure - it keeps the media inquiring and has put us on the global map.
Events through the years have been covered by CBS, NBC and ABC networks and others. Icebox Days has also been featured on The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, Lifetime and dozens of national and international publications. A few years ago, Emmy Award-winning television journalist JuJu Chang visited with her son and producer, resulting in an International Falls feature on the ABC program “Nightline.”
Yet there’s still a lot more you need to know about us. Our people live here because they love the area and are inhabited with an affection for nature illustrated in joyous winter activity and winter resiliency.
Sure – we celebrate winter with our wacky and wonderful winter festival. But here’s another thing: International Falls is beautiful in four distinct seasons – breathtakingly pristine winters melt into heavenly summers, and glorious autumns. In the meantime, Icebox Days is packed full of fun and zany games for all people, including frozen turkey bowling; the locally invented “smoosh” races; moonlight skiing in Voyageurs National Park; the infamous “Gizzard” runs and much more (as you will see in this schedule).
Be sure to catch the exhilarating FIREWORKS under the winter sky at 6 p.m. Saturday near Smokey Bear Park.
2019 Icebox Days are coordinated by the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of International Falls, generous sponsors and dozens of volunteers. You are warmly welcomed to the Icebox of the Nation for the 39th amazing year of Icebox Days and Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.