Those were the Queen of Pain's words before embarking in her latest adventure. The organizers of the Iditarod Trail Invitational say that it "forces competitors to reach deep within themselves to persist while being besieged by relentless physical and mental challenges." The field in the 350-mile event included 28 bikers, 19 runners and two skiers.
Today, Rebecca Rusch finished the 350-mile event with a time of 3 days 20 hours 55 minutes. Food and basic shelter were provided at checkpoints along the course, but it was otherwise self-supported and many riders including Rebecca had to sleep trailside when the exhaustion became too much. Temperatures were -23 degrees Celcius (-10 Fahrenheit) at the finish line.
Congratulations to Rebecca and all of the other competitors. For those of you still out on the trail finishing up the 350-mile event or competing in the 1000-mile event, we wish you the best of luck! You can follow the live tracking here
and see the full roster of athletes here
. Photos on Rebecca's social media are by: Dan Bailey