The State of Alaska is proposing to fund a massive mining project that includes a 100+ mile industrial road that would cause irreversible harm to rivers, wetlands, and other critical fish and wildlife habitats. The start of the Iditarod Trail route is also at risk, and Miron Golfman, who’s currently racing in the event, is using the event to raise awareness. Learn about what you can do to help here…

Miron Golfman has made it his mission to use ultra-endurance events to raise awareness for critical issues. Last fall, he raised funds for Vermont Flood Relief during the Vermont Super 8 event, and his solo FKT (fastest known time) on the Baja Divide route was used to bring awareness and funds to the fight against ALS—he raised over $40,000 during his Ride To Endure.

Miron is currently participating in the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska, the world’s longest-running winter ultra marathon and possibly one of the most challenging experiences on the planet. While it’s unquestionably difficult, the route also travels through a uniquely spectacular winter landscape. Unfortunately, a portion of the ITI route is at risk due to a massive mining project proposing by the State of Alaska, which includes constructing a 100+ mile industrial road through a large portion of pristine backcountry terrain.

Defend the West Su

According to Defend the West Su, if built, the road will cause irreversible damage to rivers, wetlands, and other crucial fish and wildlife habitats. The road would have a negative impact on the backcountry space and cultural heritage sites west of the Susitna River, north of Anchorage. The road would cross the western portion of the Susitna Flats Game Refuge, a top waterfowl hunting area and habitat for many species. They’ve also reported that 11 new bridges would need to be built, crossing the Hayes and Susitna Rivers, the longest being 1,640 feet long.

Defend the West Su has made it easy for folks to take action by filling out this petition online. You can also head over to to learn more about what’s at stake.

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