Meet The Mushers: The Iditarod Dog Sled Race

by Sleddoggin Staff on March 3, 2012

The Iditarod is the most incredible sporting event I have ever witnessed. The 1049 mile race is run to keep the tradition of dog sledding alive and to honor its central role life in Alaskan life in years past. It’s more than sport; it’s history, tradition, and an incredible voyage across a vast empty wilderness that can be called spectacular only if you go in for understatement. The human racers are known as mushers, and this is a full time job. The dogs are athletes in their own right, each with their distinct strengths and personality. The teamwork required just to start this race is built upon the knowledge that the survival of each member of the race team is dependent on everyone doing their job. If I’m real lucky, before I die I’ll get to see part of this race from somewhere on the course, under the northern lights. Script: The ceremonial start of the annual dog sled ultra marathon is a party in downtown Anchorage. This year it coincided with the Fur Rondy festival — a combination of Halloween and the running of the bulls. The mushers are introduced to the cheering crowd as they parade their dogs to the start line. There’s enough adrenaline flowing to power a small city. The start parade is a colorful fun run down a city street in front of an adoring throng. It’s the party at ten end of a hard year of planning and preparation. The next day, with Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range looming in the distance, is the re-start of the race on a frozen lake in Willow, 30
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