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The first Saturday in March, more than 50 mushers and about 1,000 dogs will congregate in Anchorage for the 45th annual running of Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a grueling 1,049-mile sled dog race through blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, gale-force winds and rugged wilderness terrain along the way.
The highlight for Iditarod spectators is the ceremonial start in Anchorage, where you can enjoy the festive sendoff of the competing mushers and their dogs in comfort. From there, the race moves to Willow for the official restart and continues up the Alaska Range’s Rainy Pass and into Alaska’s rugged interior, then up the coast of the Bering Sea to the finish line in Nome. A race that once took 20 days to complete back in the ’70s, now takes under 13, thanks to better dog training and lighter sleds.
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Spend three days in Anchorage enjoying the Fur Rendezvous festival and the ceremonial start of the Iditarod before heading North on the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks. In Fairbanks view the spectacular ice carvings on display at the World Ice Art Championships and experience the art scene of Fairbanks before warming your bones in the beautiful Chena Hot Springs.Read More
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