Saturday, March 6, 2010

Iditarod Race Starts Today!

Today is the start of the Iditarod Race to Nome.  It is snowing lightly and 21 degrees, Perfect!

The Iditarod is an annual dog sled race that takes place on the Iditarod Trail between Anchorage, Alaska and Nome, Alaska. The Iditarod pairs  mushers with their sled dogs as they make their way across approximately 1100 miles of some of the roughest, coldest territory in North America. The Iditarod has been called “The Last Great Race on Earth” and it got its start in 1973 with a total winning purse of $25,000.

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail and supply route from the coastal towns of Seward and Knik to the interior mining camps at Flat, Ophir, Ruby and beyond to the west coast communities of Unalakleet, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain and Nome. Mail and supplies went in and gold came out via dog sled.
In 1925 part of the Iditarod Trail became a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken Nome. Diphtheria serum had to be brought in, again by dog sled.

Follow this years Iditarod with Zuma.....

                                The Finish @ Nome!


Defending champion Lance Mackey, who also has won the Yukon Quest four times.



  1. Sounds to me like this is the original Amazing Race!

  2. Oh, Ryker (or Mom), check out Wednesday's Critter Alley blog!

    Congratulations, and please send your snail mail address to me at K9friend1@sbcglobal.net


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