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March Plans: Iditarodding!

March Plans: Iditarodding!

After a completely miserable winter on the east coast, I’m thrilled to be back in Alaska again. I’m even more thilled because this year, for the first time, I’ll be in Anchorage to watch the start of the Iditarod!

For anyone who doesn’t follow the world of dogsled racing: the Iditarod, held each march, is a 1150(ish) mile race from Anchorage to Nome. At least, that’s the theory. This year, because of unreasonably warm weather in Alaska, the race is actually having it’s official start in Fairbanks. Which means that after the ceremonial start in Anchorage, I’ll be driving up to Fairbanks to see what happens when the mushers actually set out for Nome. Along the way, I’m planning on watching reindeer dash down the street, showshoeing in Denali National Park, and playing with ice castles.

Basically, it’s going to be awesome.

I’ll have pictures soon: in the meantime follow me on twitter and  facebook for real-time updates!







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    • From what I’ve seen, most of the complaints of the Iditarod being dangerous for dogs are based on rumors of the early days of the race. They might be true, though it’s kind of hard to prove one way or another. But I know dog care and safety is a huge priority now.

      In the last five years, there’s been one dog death – it was an avoidable accident at a rest point, and truly sad. But just going by averages, if you take a thousand dogs and watch them for a few weeks every year, sooner or later some will die. Iditarod dogs are actually healthier then average, because before the race they do bloodwork and heart tests and basically a more complete medical workup then I’ve ever had, and each checkpoint has vets who wouldn’t allow an injured dog to continue.

      If you think about it, for most of the racers, training and caring for their dogs is a full-time job. So losing a dog isn’t just sad, it means they’re losing years worth of invested time and money. They’re going to do everything they can to stop that from happening!


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