March In Alaska – THE IDITAROD

The Iditarod Race

The month of March in Alaska comes alive with mushers and their dogs ready for the biggest race in the world. The Iditarod. The race is the most popular sporting event in Alaska, and the top mushers and their teams of dogs are local celebrities. While the yearly field of more than fifty mushers and about a thousand dogs is still largely Alaskan, competitors from fourteen countries have completed the event including the Swiss Martin Buser, who became the first international winner in 1992.

The Iditarod received more attention outside of the state after the 1985 victory of Libby Riddles, a long shot who became the first woman to win the race. Susan Butcher became the second woman to win the race and went on to win three more years. Print and television journalists and crowds of spectators attend the ceremonial start at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and D Street in Anchorage and in smaller numbers at the checkpoints along the trail all the way to Nome Alaska. Check out the events on here. Meet the winner of this years Iditorod. This years race had to start in downtown Fairbanks due to not enough snow further south. Here are a few shots I took at Eielson AFB during the Eielson Winter Festival race they held back in 1999. 

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