The Arrowhead 135 Film

Follow three racers as they attempt to finish the Arrowhead 135 winter ultra marathon, known as one toughest 50 races on the planet and notorious for its cold and extreme conditions.

The Arrowhead 135 Film

Traversing the frozen swampland of northern Minnesota is a race that challenges even the most hardy endurance athletes. Competing by bike, ski or on foot, the Arrowhead 135 winter ultra race launches each year in the Icebox of the Nation on what has been recorded as the coldest place in the USA on the coldest day of the year. Athletes are fully self-supported and given 60 hours to complete the course with only three checkpoints along the way.

The combination of cold, challenging terrain and lack of sleep participants encounter conquer even the most experienced racers. Strength and endurance alone does not ensure a finish. The Arrowhead 135 requires experience, patience, fortitude and will. All to arrive at a finish line that may not have anyone present to applaud the accomplishment. Follow three racers as they attempt to make it to the finish line: Bonnie Moebeck on bike, John Storkamp on foot, and Mark Scotch on skis.

Filmed in January 2013, Moebeck, new to the Arrowhead 135 scene, was attempting the race for the first time after battling illness prior to the race. Storkamp, a seasoned Arrowhead 135 veteran and four-time winner brought experience and know-how to his eighth run on the trail. Scotch, a family man, reasonably new to the ultra scene, was attempting to ski the course for his second time.

Each of the racers had a very different and unique experience, and none of them were expecting the weather that swept the course on day two.

The Arrowhead 135 film is the telling of their story and a glimpse of the trail that lures elite athletes to Minnesota from around the world.

Find the Film

The film was released in October 2014 and is available for events and screenings. It has had great success with multiple sold-out screenings and acceptance in film festivals around the globe. Please contact Veronica Jaralambides at veronica@adventuremnfilms.com to find how to bring the film to a screen near you.

The Arrowhead 135 film is available for purchase or rent at Vimeo on Demand.

PBS Twin Cities Broadcast Schedule

Sunday, November 20, 2016 6:30 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:30 AM, 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM

The PBS Twin Cities broadcasts are brought to you by John Reamer and Associates of Ameriprise Financial in New Brighton, MN. Check back often for updates to the schedule.

Bonnie Moebeck on bike at the start of her first attempt of the Arrowhead 135. Photo by Daniel McGowan
Mark Scotch on skis pushing through the fresh snow during his second attempt of the Arrowhead 135. Photo by Daniel McGowan
John Storkamp on foot, Arrowhead 135 veteran and four-time winner, starts the race looking strong. Photo by Daniel McGowan
Cinematographer Adrian Danciu waiting for the racer to arrive at the finish line. Photo by Daniel McGowan
A quick interview as a biker passes through checkpoint 3 at mile 103. Photo by Daniel McGowan
Interviews at the finish line. Photo by Daniel McGowan
The hardy and detirmined film crew (Not pictured: Dan Luke, Brian Piekarski, Scott Banac and Colin Threinen). Photo by Daniel McGowan
Catching up with John Storkamp at checkpoint 3, mile 103. Photo by Daniel McGowan
Chasing racers. Photo by Daniel McGowan
Start of the race, 7:00 AM. Photo by Daniel McGowan
Spectator. Photo by Daniel McGowan

Soundtrack for The Arrowhead 135 by the following local musicians