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Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 2020

Join an old Alaskan tradition—a long dog race across the state!

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska 2019 - Best Time
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If for some reasons you are not able to try dog sledding, witness an old Alaskan tradition—the Iditarod race held on the first Saturday of March. However, if you are experienced enough, there is also the possibility to participate.

The Iditarod trail sled dog race is the biggest sports​ event in early spring in Alaska. Although the roots of this tradition go much deeper, the first big race was organized in 1908. Competitors with their 16-dog teams have to overcome a difficult path from Anchorage to Nome, which is 1161 miles (1868 km) away. It is an incredible challenge and usually takes from eight to seventeen days.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska - Best Season 2019

Besides the race, ​there are also various activities for those who don’t participate, such as picnics, banquets, sports meetings, dog training, etc. So if you are interested in this kind of sport, don’t miss the main Alaskan event!