March 5th, Mark Your Calendars.

November 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Blistering winds, sub-zero temperatures, and near-frostbite. Sounds like fun right? Well add that to beautiful sloping hills, costal views and northern lights and what do you get? Alaska. Add some dogs, a sled and a race and you’ve got the Iditerod.

Beginning on March 5th, the Iditerod will take anywhere from 9 to 17 days. The race starts in Ancorage and goes west toward the Alaskan coast. Since the 1970’s this race has been challenging people from all backgrounds.

The race started as a rememberace of the mail route that streched from Ancorage to Nome. Medical supplies were raced across the state when children in Nome came down with deadly diseases. From this trek taken by mushers in Ancorage, a commemorative effort has been taken each year to remember the heroes who crossed deathly territories to help the children.

Last year, the first participant crossed the finish like after 9 days and 11 hours. It hasn’t always been this speedy, though. The first race took 20 days, but since then strategy has been acquired.

So mark your calendars! And get yourself over to Alaska!

If you want to volunteer to help out with the race, go here.

Most info from here.

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