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Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
From: 2014.03.03 To: 2014.03.20
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of sports in Alaska? Dog Sled Race, of course! This event is as competitive as it is challenging for its participants. 16 dogs, 1161 miles and 9 to 15 days to complete the route. The race kicked off in 1973. The world record was set by Martin Buser in 2002, who finished the race in 8 days, 22 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. Teams often have to compete in harsh weather conditions, through bizzards and wind chill. Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the race in 1985, which attracted a lot of media attraction from all over the world. Today thousands of visitors, participants and journalists attend this event. There are two routes, a northern one for even-numbered years and a southern one for odd-numbered years. There are around 26 checkpoints where mushers can rest after they sign in. Each team has to take three rests: one 24-hour layover and two 8-hour stops. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day of the race officially initiates the event. This race is a test of competitors’ endurance, stamina, determination and skills. Not every athlete is up to this challenge. Journey to Alaska this spring and support your favorite competitors.