José Bermúdez ITI 2019: 1,000 Miles to Nome
This February, José Bermúdez is once again raising money for the charities close to his heart by taking on the challenge of the Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 (ITI1000). ITI1000 is 1,000 miles of winter snow and ice from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. The Iditarod trail was used by Native Alaskans for hunting and travel to various villages. Starting in 1910 with the discovery of gold, the trail became regularly used as a means of supplying miners and settlements with mail and supplies, delivered by dog team. It also provided the route for gold to be sent out of Alaska when the Bering Sea was frozen, preventing ships from reaching Nome for months at a time.
One of the most famous journeys, known as the Great Race of mercy, was the delivery of diphtheria antitoxin to Nome in February 1925 by dog sled relay along the same route José will trace on his race. With the same spirit, José will ride to help others. It is his goal to raise money for charities close to his heart: B/CS Habitat, Ranch Critters and Joyride Center. This will be the fourth race for B/CS Habitat and the first for Ranch Critters and Joyride Center. The funds will be split between B/CS Habitat and the two horse rescue and equine therapy organizations. José hopes to raise $20,000 total for the three organizations.
Join José across Alaska by donating to this campaign! Consider sponsoring him by the mile or sponsoring one of his checkpoints and ride along with him on this incredible journey.