The Iditarod

By Natalie Grant, USA, December 2012

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Hearing about sled-dog races may bring to mind a sprawling white wilderness with grueling conditions, images of a unique cultural tradition widely known but experienced firsthand by few, and heart-wrenching stories of brave four-legged heroes that made the legendary run to the diphtheria outbreak in Nome. Regardless, Alaska’s most famous sporting event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; if you’re anywhere near the area come Feb, don’t miss the opportunity to witness this awe-inspiring display of physical and emotional fortitude.

The annual race begins in Anchorage on the first Saturday of March, but it’s a ceremonial start (in which you can participate by riding in a musher’s sled for the first 11 miles; the IditaRider auction helps pay for race expenses for mushers). After that, the 60 teams or so line up again in Willow for a restart.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Alaska Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Alaska.

Photo courtesy of Alaskan Dude via Flickr.

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