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If for some reason you are not able to try dog sledding, witness an old Alaskan tradition—the Iditarod trail sled dog race held on the first Saturday of March. However, if you are experienced enough, there is also the possibility to participate.
The Iditarod 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.
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!