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2013 Iditarod Winner Is Oldest Ever

2013 Iditarod Winner Is Oldest Ever Mar 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: By claiming victory in the 2013 Iditarod earlier this week, 53-year-old musher Mitch Seavey managed to cement his place in the annals of Alaskan lore. Not only did he secure the second Iditarod win of his 20-year career, he also became the oldest person to win the event in its 41-year history. This is in sharp contrast to last year's race in which Mitch's son Dallas became the youngest Iditarod...

The 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Gets Underway Today!

The 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Gets Underway Today! Mar 2nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: The 2013 Iditarod sled dog race gets underway today in Anchorage, Alaska, where some of the best mushers in the world have gathered to take part in the 1000-mile journey that culminates in Nome. This morning, 66 mushers will set out from the starting line in front of a throng of cheering fans as part of the ceremonial start. The race will officially get underway tomorrow when the teams will...

25-year-old Dallas Seavey wins 2012 Iditarod

25-year-old Dallas Seavey wins 2012 Iditarod Mar 14th, 2012 at 7:00PM: The 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came to an exciting end Tuesday evening when 25-year-old Dallas Seavey claimed victory in the 1000-mile race. By crossing the finish line first, he also became the youngest person to ever win the event. Held annually in Alaska, the Iditarod has become the state's most popular sporting event. The racers, along with their teams of powerful dogs, begin the...

The 2012 Iditarod sled dog race begins today!

The 2012 Iditarod sled dog race begins today! Mar 3rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: The 2012 Iditarod sled dog race gets underway this morning with the ceremonial start taking place on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska. The annual event, dubbed the "Last Great Race," pits some of the best mushers in the world against one another on a course that stretches for nearly a thousand miles across remote wilderness before eventually ending in Nome. This morning the 66 men and women who...

2011 Iditarod begins today

2011 Iditarod begins today Mar 5th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The 2011 edition of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gets underway today in Anchorage, Alaska, where 62 mushers, and their teams of dogs, will set out on an 1131 mile journey to Nome. The event, which is billed as "The Last Great Race," is an annual test of stamina and skill for both the dogs and their drivers. The Iditarod was first run back in 1973 and over the years has easily become the...

2010 Iditarod begins today

2010 Iditarod begins today Mar 7th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Following the ceremonial start in Anchorage yesterday, the 2010 Iditarod officially begins today with 71 mushers, and their dog sled teams, setting out from Willow, Alaska on a two week long odyssey through some of the most remote and rugged wilderness that North America has to offer. Over the course of the next two weeks, they'll face challenging weather conditions, endless miles of snow covered...

Only in Alaska: Welcome to the 49th state

Only in Alaska: Welcome to the 49th state May 15th, 2009 at 7:00PM: Alaska is one of those places where your expectations are met and often exceeded: the mountains are gargantuan and they're everywhere, there are moose wandering the cities, and folks still run trap lines and live in log cabins. Yes, people still mush dogs (an Iditarod champion even lives in my small town), and many Alaska Natives still practice subsistence living. Though the stereotypical Alaska...

Lance Mackey Wins 2009 Iditarod

Lance Mackey Wins 2009 Iditarod Mar 19th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Two time defending champ Lance Mackey claimed his third straight Iditarod crown yesterday, arriving in Nome less than ten days after setting out on the trail from Anchorage. He was followed in the evening hours by Sebastian Schnuelle and John Baker, who finished second and third respectively. The Iditarod is known as "The Last Great Race" and is Alaska's premiere sporting event and has been held...

Where does the Iditarod start? It depends on the weather

Where does the Iditarod start? It depends on the weather Mar 5th, 2008 at 9:20AM: You'd think a race that's been taking place since 1973 would have a starting line that never changes, but that's not the case for the Iditarod -- it has several starts, and some of these change from year to year. The National Historic Iditarod Trail begins right here in Seward (see photo). Originally a mail and supply route, the trail became, in 1925, "a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken...

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