Spokane has its Bloomsday. Boston has the Marathon. Hawaii has the Iron man triathlon...but Alaska has the Iditarod Race. It's truly an amazing race and it's not for the weekend athlete. It's been called "The Last Great Race on Earth."
The race travels over 1150 miles over some of the roughest, but most beautiful terrain. The route travels from Anchorage to Nome. The sled race teams consist of 1 musher and 12 to 16 dogs. It will take them 10 to 17 days to travel the 1150 miles. 96 teams are slated to begin tomorrow in Anchorage. There are 60 mushers from Alaska, but mushers have traveled from the lower 48 as well as from countries such as Belgium, France, Canada, Germany, Italy and Norway. It's still a male dominated sport, but there are 22 female mushers this year!
The official Iditarod website has lots of great information as well as current updates on the status of you favorite mushers. www.iditarod.com
Our favorite musher is #10 again this year. I'll explain why on another post. Plus I promise pictures to go along with it. I've got to head off to school today. HAPPY FRIDAY!
Whoops, originally I put that he was #11...that must have been last years number and they updated it since I had first checked the site. He's # 10 this year.