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Each February, competitors convene in Big Lake, Alaska, to participate in the “Iditasport Human Powered Ultra-Marathon”. Who would attempt this challenging race? Personality might be one factor predicting participation. Iditasport represents a unique athletic event with a distinctive social and psychological climate that might be reflected in the personalities of the participants in many ways. This study was designed to identify the personality profile of Iditasport athletes when compared to normative populations and to explore differences between athletes competing in different race divisions.

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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 2003 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Journal of Applied Sport Psychology is available online at: