The Iditarod

The Iditarod

On the first Saturday of every March, the longest sled dog race takes place in Alaska. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began in 1973 and has become known by just one two words since then: The Iditarod. Mushers and a team of 21 dogs, of which at least five must be on the towline at the finish line cover 1,000 miles in about nine to 15 days. The race starts in Settler’s Bay and finishes in Nome, Alaska.The official distance is listed as 1,049 miles which pays tribute to Alaska being the 49th of the 50 states that make up our country. The record-setting time of eight days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, and 16 seconds was established by Dallas Seavey in 2016. In 2012, Seavey was the youngest musher to win the race at the age of 25. In 2013, his father, Mitch, was the oldest musher (53-years-old) to win the race.