Last Saturday, we attended our first ceromonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! We are thankful to great friends who invited us to watch this amazing race from their favorite spot along the trail!
We enjoyed cheering on the mushers (dog drivers) and their teams of 12-16 sled dogs. A list of the 2019 mushers (dog drivers) can be found here. Most of the sled dogs are Alaskan Huskies.
The official restart of this awesome dog sled race was the next day, beginning in Willow, with the finish line approximately 1000 miles away in Nome. It takes 8-15+ days to complete the trek.
A little research tells me that the Iditarod began in 1973. There is a northern route for even-numbered years and southern route for odd-numbered years.
I find this a truly fascinating sport and love following the mushers and their pups! Take a peek at: https://iditarod.com