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Photos: The brutal Arrowhead 135 Ultra

Weather Derek Montgomery ·

1 Shane Skowron makes his way toward Highway 332 about two hours into the Arrowhead 135 Monday, January 27, 2014 near International Falls, Minn. 
2 Stars shine over where the Ash River Trail intersections with the Arrowhead State Trail Sunday, January 26, 2014 near International Falls, Minn. 
3 Arrowhead 135 competitors head to the starting line two minutes before the start of the race Monday, January 27, 2014 in International Falls, Minn. 
4 Near the starting line two minutes before the start of the race Monday. The wind chill at the start exceeded 50 degrees below zero. 
5 An Arrowhead 135 competitor makes one final check of his equipment. 
6 A runner makes his way along the Arrowhead State Trail Monday, January 27, 2014 near International Falls, Minn. 
7 The brutally cold conditions during the Arrowhead 135 prompt competitors to use all manner of head gear to ward off the elements. 
8 More head attire among the Arrowhead 135 competitors. 
9 A fresh dusting of snow that covered trees and the Arrowhead 135 trail Monday, January 27, 2014. Here, John Bertram approaches the Highway 53 crossing. 
10 Arrowhead 135 runner Scott Hoberg approaches the Gateway store checkpoint Monday, January 27, 2014 near Ray, Minn. 
11 Just minutes after leaving the Gateway store, Arrowhead 135 bikers begin their trek to the next checkpoint at Melgeorge's Lodge Monday, January 27, 2014 near Ray, Minn. 
12 An Arrowhead 135 competitor makes his way along the Arrowhead State Trail near East County Road 90 Monday, January 27, 2014 near International Falls, Minn. 
13 From left: Alan Eastlund, Ken Zylstra and Mike Criego simultaneously open hot packs for their hands and feet while resting at the Gateway store 35 miles into their biking of the Arrowhead 135 Monday, January 27, 2014 near Ray, Minn. 
14 Hot packs adorn the tops and bottoms of Alan Eastlund's feet next to an empty coffee and soup cups during a break at the Gateway store Monday, January 27, 2014 near Ray, Minn. Eastlund was biking this year's Arrowhead 135. 
15 With fogged and frosted glasses, Jim Wilson makes his way toward Highway 332 about two hours into the Arrowhead 135 Monday, January 27, 2014 near International Falls, Minn. 
16 Bikes sit parked outside the Gateway store near Ray, Minn., Monday, January 27, 2014 as their owners check-in, relax and recover 35 miles into the Arrowhead 135.