Almost nobody expects Invitational competitors to arrive at the checkpoints or even the finish line. Even if they do, they will win nothing and can expect little fanfare for the achievement. Since the inaugural year of 2000 only 42 Individuals have finished the race to Nome, only five of those have been women.
Why would anyone attend? Who are these people who decide to bike and push-a-bike, or simply walk across frozen, white Alaska wilderness to McGrath, mile 350 or even on to Nome at mile-1100? Why? And why is it that this race, in its true adventures and pure form, gets so little attention from mainstream media?