Hello, my name is Tony Newton. I am a 59 year old guy from the Michigan, a US Navy veteran, a retired General Motors employee, a small business owner, a husband, a father of two, and a grandfather of three. Basically a regular guy.
I have ran a few races, including a marathon; climbed a few mountains, including Denali; and rode a few bike races, including the Leadville 100 and the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350.
My current goal is to complete the 1000 mile bike event in the Iditarod Trail Invitational. This is a multi-year endeavor, but I am confident I will get there eventually.
The Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) is the world's longest winter ultra marathon, taking place every year on the Iditarod National Historic Trail in Alaska. The ITI has a long history and is legend to many hearty souls. There have been books written about the event, and a movie titled "A Thin White Line" was produced
Participants have the option to compete on bike, foot or skis and select distances of 130, 350, or 1000 miles going all the way to Nome. Just being accepted into the event is a challenge, much less finishing. It has been said "more people summit Mt. Everest in one day than have ever finished the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Nome".
Riding for Children
Children occupy the most precarious position in our society. They are utterly vulnerable, depending on adults to fulfill every need from food to shelter to clothing to love.
But there are too many children who don’t receive the love they need, and even worse are abused. It can be a Cold Cold World for these abused children, but I intend to make a difference by riding to raise awareness and funds for the Weiss Child Advocacy Center.
The mission of the Weiss Child Advocacy Center is to prevent child abuse and help survivors become children again.