Ultra-Endurance Athlete Takes on 1000-Mile Iconic Race for Cancer Cures

52 year-old Steve Cannon from Iowa refers to himself as an adventurer, but when you look at his track record of accomplishments – 100 marathons, a 350-mile bike ride across Alaska, a 40-day run around Lake Michigan and the world’s longest kayak race to name a few – media, spectators and fans across the nation refer to him as a beast. Amazingly, Steve recently set his limits to new heights. On February 24, Steve will take on the world’s largest winter ultra-adventure, the 1000-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska, on his fat bike, fully self-supported. The ITI is referred to as the “world’s most difficult endurance race” and Steve will be the first Iowan to complete it.

Steve has been training in treacherous weather conditions for the past 4 years to prepare for what could be 30 frozen days and nights chasing the historic trail from Knik Lake to Nome. The ITI has built its reputation on notoriously inhospitable conditions and minimal outside support. In 2016, Steve earned induction into the “Order of the Hrimthurs” a select group of winter ultra-endurance athletes, and on February 24 he’ll be one of just a few American participants selected to race against 16 competitors from across the globe.

The self-trained self-taught athlete’s will power is like no other, and so his heart. His adventures have raised nearly $700,000 for numerous charities. He is currently raising money for the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to blood cancers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which is the funds cutting-edge research worldwide and is changing the landscape of cancer cures. Steve is a longtime supporter and volunteer at his local LLS Chapter in Iowa as he has many close friends and family members who have fought cancer. 

To follow Steve throughout his journey, visit the links below.







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