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The Iditarod is one of the biggest things people associate with Alaska. It covers 1100 miles (1760km) from Anchorage to Nome in the winter. The route does get altered sometimes due to lack of snow and while the ceremonial start is here in Anchorage, the restart is in Wasilla (or Willow Lake, depending on conditions.) The historic route starts in Seward, which is marked by the “historic trail” People from anywhere may compete, but they have to get through smaller races before they can move on because this is such a difficult competition. The dogs are trained for this and the breeds are ones who prefer weather well below freezing. Still, the race has been met with protests and objections by animal rights advocates. (Everything in Alaska seems to have controversy)
A man I knew who did this race didn’t use dogs at all—he just wanted to complete the race and did so on cross country skis. Seeing the start of it is big here in Anchorage and the race is televised at the checkpoints and then at the end in Nome. I’m sure it’s huge up there too, though a lot of time passes between the musher who arrives first and the rest who complete the race.

Website: http://www.iditarod.com/

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  • Written Oct 1, 2006
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