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2014 Iditarod - March 11th

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Day 11 of the race: In an incredible twist of fate, Dallas Seavey reached the finish line in first place, becoming the Iditarod 42 Champion. Not realizing that he had passed both Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle during the final leg of the race, Dallas thought until the last moment that he was in third position.



Dallas Seavey Iditarod Champion

Aliy Zirkle, for the third time in a row, finished in second place, roughly 2 minutes behind Dallas. Mitch Seavey arrived in Nome in third place.

Aliy Zirkle


Mitch Seavey




2014 Iditarod - March 8th

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Day 8: Aliy Zirkle reclaimed the lead and left Kaltag for Unalakleet. Martin Buser is a close second, roughly 2 hours behind. Nicolas Petit, Sonny Lindner and Jeff King round out the top five.
Dallas Seavey is in the top 10, while John Baker is in Nulato, in 19th position. Kristy Berington left Ruby early in the morning, in 40th position.

John Baker


Sonny Lindner
Dallas Seavey


Kristy Berington






Jessie Royer

Jessie Royer checked out of Nulato in late morning with 15 dogs on her team, and heading to Kaltag.


Jeff King


Robert Sorlie of Norway is in 11th position, right behind Dallas Seavey. Wade Marrs is in 15th position. Karin Hendrickson checked into Galena, in 37th position.

Robert Sorlie, NORWAY

Wade Marrs
Karin Hendrickson






2014 Iditarod - March 7th

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Day 7 of the race: Aliy Zirkle is currently in first place, leaving the checkpoint of Galena in the morning. Martin Buser is a close second, however, he has already completed both his mandatory 8 hour and 24 hour layovers, while Aliy has yet to take her 8 hour layover.



Aliy Zirkle

Twin sisters Anna and Kristy Berington are in 44th and 42nd place respectively. They are almost half way through the race, on their way to the Ruby checkpoint

Anna Berington


Kristy Berington

Martin Buser



Mike Ellis



Mike Ellis is currently in 38th place.




2014 Iditarod - March 6th

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Day 6 of the race: New Zealand Musher Curt Perano checked into Cripple late in the night and continued on to Ruby after a short stop. He has 14 dogs on his team.



Curt Perano

Rookie Musher Nathan Schroeder (bib #25) has managed a respectable 22nd position. Danny Seavy left Ophir just before midnight.

Nathan Schroeder


Danny Seavey



Lisbet Norris
Justin Savidis

Justin Savidis and Rookie Musher Lisbet Norris are on their way to Ophir, while Paul Gebhardt checked into Cripple.


Paul Gebhardt



2014 Iditarod - March 4th

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Day 4 of the race: A rough day for even the most experienced Mushers. Several teams had to scratch and end their dream to reach Nome in this year's Iditarod. Among them, Deedee Jonrowe, Jake Berkowitz, Linwood Fiedler, Jim Lanier. On the bright side, Nicolas Petit left the checkpoint of Takotna in first place.


Tommy Jordbrudal

Matt Failor


Rookie Tommy Jordbrudal was able to navigate the treacherous trails through Rohn. Matt Failor, in 33rd place, checked into Nikolai in late evening.




Cindy Abbott
Linwood Fiedler

Karen Ramstead


Karen Ramstead just pulled out of the race after the Rohn checkpoint.



Deedee Jonrowe




2014 Iditarod - March 4th

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Day 4 of the race: Musher Scott Janssen was forced to scratch due to an injury. Scott broke his leg between Rohn and Nikolai while trying to retrieve a loose dog.


Scott Janssen


Karen Ramstead Dog Team


3 Iditarod Teams

Multiple mushing teams run head to head on the Iditarod trail. Karen Ramstead, Ray Redington Jr.


Ray Redington Jr.




2014 Iditarod - March 2nd

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Day 2 of the race: the official race restart took place in Willow in spite of concerns that there would not be enough snow on the trails. Rookie Musher Lev Shvarts leaves Willow and heads to the Yentna Station.



Lev Shvarts

Iditarod 42 welcomes several teams from Norway and one representative of Sweden. Norwegian Musher Yvonne Dabakk on the first leg of the endurance race, as she passes by Gus Guenther.

Yvonne Dabakk, Norway


Mats Pettersson, Sweden



Katherine Keith

Two more rookie Mushers, Katherine Keith (bib #63), and Abbie West (bib #69), lead their dog teams out of Willow.


Abbie West



2014 Iditarod - March 1st

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Day 1: A sunny day for the Ceremonial race start of the Iditarod 42, downtown Anchorage. This year, a total of 69 mushers were cheered by thousands of fans and enthusiasts, as the teams paraded down the 4th Avenue. The roster includes 53 veteran mushers and 16 rookies.

Monica Zappa, Iditarod Rookie


Lisbet Norris, Iditarod Rookie
Karen Ramstead


Peter Kaiser Dog Team






Kristy Berington

The twin sisters, Anna Berington (bib #52) and Kristy Berington (bib #56) are riding the Iditarod trail together.


Anna Berington


Rookie Musher Yvonne Dabakk from Oslo, Norway, seen waving her national flag, is thrilled to participate in the legendary race to Nome.

Yvonne Dabakk, Norway

Mitch Seavey


Sonny Lindner













2013 Iditarod - March 12th

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Finish Line in Nome: After a 1000 mile trek from Willow, Mitch Seavey crosses the finish line at 22:39 pm, becoming the 2013 Iditarod Champion. Tonight, Mitch Seavey celebrates his second Iditarod victory among a crowd of cheering fans. He continues to demonstrate sustained performance, finishing in the top 10 for 11 races out of the 20 Iditarods he has participated in since 1982.



Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey

Aliy Zirkle finished in 2nd place once again, a repeat of last year's race. Zirkle lost to Seavey by only 23 minutes, crossing the finish line with 10 dogs on her team.

Aliy Zirkle


Jeff King

Dallas Seavey



Ray Redington Jr.



Jeff King, Dallas Seavey, and Ray Redington Jr.




2013 Iditarod - March 10th

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Day 8 of the race: With the finish line only a few days away, Iditarod 41 is heating up. By the end of the day, Mitch Seavey, the race leader, is now in Shaktoolik, with Aaron Burmeister only an hour behind, in second place. Nome is roughly 200 miles away. Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle are 3rd and 4th, and they both left Unalakleet in late evening.


Mitch Seavey

Aaron Burmeister Dogs


Musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom is in 5th position, an outstanding performance so far for the first time Iditarod rookie Musher.


Kristy Berington
Cindy Abbott

Joar Leifseth Ulsom


Kristy Berington is in 45th place, leaving the Eagle Island checkpoint. Anna and Kristy are still riding the Iditarod trail together. Rookie Musher Cindy Abbott has reached Shageluk, in 60th position. She is approximately 300 miles behind the race leader.

Gerald Sousa




2013 Iditarod - March 9th

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Day 7 of the race: Martin Buser was first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint early afternoon, but decided to take a 6 hour stop over. Meanwhile, musher Aliy Zirkle only made a short rest and was first to leave Kaltag, taking the lead from Martin Buser. Aaron Burmeister is in second place, closely followed by Martin Buser, Mitch Seavy and Jake Berkowitz, only a few minutes apart.

Jake Berkowitz


Jeff King
Aaron Burmeister


Dallas Seavey Dog Team






Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey is in 11th position in Kaltag, while Ray Redington Jr. is in 10th place. Jeff King is in 12th place.


Ray Redington Jr.



2013 Iditarod - March 8th

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Day 6 of the race: Martin Buser still in first place, has left the Grayling checkpoint and on his way to Eagle Island, a 62 mile leg. Buser passed Aliy Zirkle as she takes her 8 hour mandatory layover.



Aliy Zirkle

Jessie Royer (bib #30) has also checked into Grayling and is in 6th place.
Paul Gebhardt (bib #11) joined Royer at the checkpoint roughly 1 hour later, in 9th position.

Paul Gebhardt


Robert Bundtzen

Jessie Royer



Karin Hendrickson



Robert Bundtzen is currently in Shageluk in 24th position, with 15 dogs on his team.



Gerry Willomitzer

Gerry Willomitzer and Mike Williams Sr. are in the middle of the pack, in 30th and 31st position respectively. They both left the Iditarod checkpoint early in the morning.


Mike Williams Sr.



2013 Iditarod - March 7th

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Day 5 of the race: Roughly 500 miles to the finish line, Martin Buser is in the lead, followed by Aliy Zirkle. Ken Anderson is in 23rd position as he pulls into the Iditarod checkpoint.


Ken Anderson

Mitch Seavey


Ramey Smyth, bib #38, leaves Ophir in the morning and continues on to Iditarod, an 80 mile stretch. Ramey is currently in 29th place.


Mike Suprenant
Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Ramey Smyth

Rookie Musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom from Norway has managed a respectable 10th position, trailing Ray Redington Jr.

Louie Ambrose




2013 Iditarod - March 6th

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Day 4: The leader is now over 400 miles from the race start. Lance Mackey reached the Iditarod checkpoint in late evening, with 13 dogs on his team. Sonny Lindner and Jeff King round up the top 3. At this time, not all Mushers have taken their mandatory 24 hour layover, so it is difficult to really determine the actual leader.

Bob Chlupach


Jason Mackey
Peter Kaiser


Louie Ambrose Dog Team






Anna Berington

The twin sisters, Anna Berington (bib #31) and Kristy Berington (bib #20) are riding the Iditarod trail together. They are in 36th and 35th place respectively, and both with 14 dogs on their team as they check into Takotna.


Kristy Berington


Rookie Musher Mike Ellis with his team of Husky dogs (below) are in 48th place. First time Iditarod participant Christine Roalofs is in 60th place as she reaches the checkpoint of Nikolai. Kelley Griffin reached Takotna in 27th position.

Mike Ellis

Roalofs Christine


Kelley Griffin






2013 Iditarod - March 5th

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On day 3 of the race, Aaron Burmeister is first to McGrath in late evening, receiving the Penair Spirit of Alaska Award. McGrath is 300 miles from Willow. At this time, Aaron has not yet taken his mandatory 24 hour layover. Rookie Musher Josh Cadzow reached the Nikolai checkpoint with 15 dogs on his team. Josh is in 27th position as of March 5th.


Deedee Jonrowe checked into McGrath in 7th place with 16 dogs on her team, behind Paul Gebhardt, while Jodi Bailey (below) is in 37th position.

Josh Cadzow


John Baker
Jodi Bailey

Deedee Jonrowe




Michelle Phillips
Linwood Fiedler



Linwood Fiedler (left) checked into Nikolai in 40th place behind Wade Marrs.




2013 Iditarod - March 4th

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Day 2 of the race: While Martin Buser is taking his mandatory 24 hour layover at the Rohn checkpoint, Aaron Burmeister temporarily takes the lead.
Veteran Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two-Rivers, tries her 13th Iditarod. She has participated every year since 2001.



Aliy Zirkle

Jamaican Musher Newton Marshall (right) makes a come back in the Iditarod after skipping the 2012 race. 2013 is Newton's 3rd participation in the Iditarod.

Newton Marshall


Sonny Lindner

Jeff King



Jim Lanier



Other veteran Mushers, such as Jeff King, Jim Lanier (left) and Sonny Lindner (above) have also joined Iditarod 41.



Aaron Peck

After his last run in 2005, we are glad to see that Canadian Musher Aaron Peck is back on the Iditarod trail this year.


Anna Berington



2013 Iditarod - March 3rd

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Martin Buser kicked off Iditarod 41 as he was the first out of the gate in Willow, wearing bib #2. Martin reached Rohn in less than 24 hours, the fastest time on record.


Martin Buser

Kristy Berington


Rookie Musher Travis Beals of Seward, bib #22, mushes his way to the first check point at Yentna station (below).


Scott Janssen
Dallas Seavey

Travis Beals

At the end of day one, Musher Scott Janssen made the decision to abandon the race at Rainy Pass, due to concerns for his dog team.

Aaron Burmeister (left) outside of Willow.

Aaron Burmeister




2013 Iditarod - March 2nd

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A foggy day at the Ceremonial Start of the 2013 Iditarod. A total of 67 teams, including the Honorary Musher, paraded down 4th Avenue. This year, 13 rookies joined the race. Among them, Mikhail Telpin from Yanrakkynot, Russia, is thrilled to participate in the 1049 mile endurance race to Nome.

Mikhail Telpin


Cim Smyth
Matt Failor


Deedee Jonrowe






Jim Lanier

Martin Buser and Jim Lanier emerge from the thick fog. Visibility was fairly limited.


Martin Buser


The Iditarod always draws large crowds. Jake Berkowitz is greeted by cheering fans as he mushes down 4th Avenue at the Ceremonial Race Start on Saturday.

Jake Berkowitz

Mike Ellis Dog Team


Brent Sass Dog Team








Training for the 2013 Iditarod

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We will provide coverage of the 2013 Iditarod on March 2nd.

The 2013 Iditarod is only a few days away, and Mushers and their Dog Teams are hard at work to prepare for the big race. Jeff King, Jake Berkowitz and several other Iditarod Teams are seen during their training session in interior Alaska. Click on the pictures below to see more pictures of Jeff's and Jake's Dog Teams in action ...


Jeff King

Jake Berkowitz







2012 Iditarod

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Day 10 of the race: Dallas Seavey made History by being the youngest Musher, at age 25, to win the Iditarod. Dallas completed the 1000 mile race from Willow to Nome in 9 days, 4 hours and 29 minutes. Dallas has been a strong contender, having participated in 6 Iditarods since 2005, and finishing in the top 10 everytime since 2009. But tonight, Dallas can celebrate his first victory...



Dallas Seavey Iditarod Champion

Aliy Zirkle who held on to the lead for several days, finished in 2nd place with 10 dogs on her team, just one hour behind Dallas Seavey. Aliy has competed every year since 2001, and made her best run in 2012.

Aliy Zirkle 2nd Place


Ramey Smyth 3rd Place

Aliy Zirkle



Bruce Linton



Ramey Smyth ran an incredible race, passing dozens of teams and eventually crossing the finish line in Nome in 3rd place. Ramey also had a strong 2nd place finish in last year's Iditarod.



Deedee Jonrowe Oil Painting

Oil painting renditions of your favorite Iditarod Mushers ... If you enjoy this type of artwork, visit this gallery for more Oil Painting Renditions.


Sonny Lindner Oil Painting



2012 Iditarod - March 12th

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Day 9 of the race: Dallas Seavey was first to leave the Elim checkpoint in late afternoon. The leader is now less than 100 miles from the finish line, with 9 dogs on the team. The next Iditarod winner is expected to reach Nome on Tuesday March 13th. Aliy Zirkle is in 2nd place, 2 hours behind Dallas, while Ramey Smyth managed a 3rd position. Aaron Burmeister and Peter Kaiser round out the top 5. John Baker, the defending Champion, departed Koyuk early afternoon.


Ramey Smyth

Dallas Seavey


Rookie Musher Brent Sass has done very well so far, climbing to the 14th position, while fellow Rookie Anjanette Steer is in 19th position.


Dan Seavey
Bob Chlupach

Brent Sass' Dogs



Legendary Musher Dan Seavey, Bob Chlupach and Rookie Musher Jan Steves are on the tail end of the race near Galena.

Jan Steves




2012 Iditarod - March 11th

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Day 8 of the race: in a tactical move, Aaron Burmeister who had checked into Unalakleet in 3rd position decided to head to Shaktoolik after a short 4 hour rest, claiming the lead, with only 200 miles to the finish line. Dallas Seavey departed Unalakleet in 2nd position, only 6 minutes behind Aaron. Aliy Zirkle with 12 dogs on her team is now in 3rd place and is within half an hour from today's leader.



Dallas Seavey Dog Team

Peter Kaiser checked into Unalakleet in 8th position. Ken Anderson left Kaltag late last night and is in 13th place.

Ken Anderson


Peter Kaiser

Colleen Robertia



Jake Berkowitz



Colleen Robertia past Kaltag in 25th position, while Jake Berkowitz, from Big Lake, had to withdraw from the race at Unalakleet due to a hand injury. Jake was in 6th position when he made the decision to scratch.




2012 Iditarod - On the Trail, March 10th

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On day 7 of the race, Musher Aliy Zirkle is widening her lead by approximately 3 hours over Mitch Seavey, currently in 2nd place. Aliy reached the Kaltag checkpoint with 14 dogs on her team. The finish line in Nome is now less than 300 miles away. With John Baker (in 3rd position) and Aaron Burmeister (in 4th) both within 1 hour of Mitch Seavey, the race for the 2012 Iditarod Championship is extremely tight. Dallas Seavey, currently in 5th position, left Nulato late morning.


Zoya DeNure is the 4th Musher to scratch from the race. Late last night, she gave up her bid to reach Nome at the Cripple checkpoint, due to concerns for her dogs.

Zoya DeNure


Zoya DeNure
Dallas Seavey

Karen Ramstead's Dogs




Justin Savidis
Nicolas Petit



Justin Savidis is in 41st position behind Ed Stielstra. They both left the Ruby checkpoint this morning. Nicolas Petit is currently in 33rd position and has checked into Galena.




2012 Iditarod - March 9th

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After 500 miles since the start of the Iditarod, Aliy Zirkle pushes on: she is the first Musher to leave the Ruby checkpoint on Friday morning. Many of the favorite Mushers including Mitch Seavey, Dallas Seavey, John Baker, Jeff King and Deedee Jonrowe have made it to Ruby.


Brent Sass' Dogs

Brent Sass


Rookie Musher Brent Sass of Fairbanks has managed a respectable 16th position so far. Mike Santos is currently in 42nd place and has checked into Cripple.


Jaimee Kinzer
Jaimee Kinzer

Mike Santos


Rookie Musher Jaimee Kinzer of Willow is currently is 59th position, resting at the Ophir checkpoint.

AnJanette Steer has reached Cripple and is in 28th position.

AnJanette Steer




2012 Iditarod - March 8th

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Day 5 of the race: Aliy Zirkle, re-energized from her 24 hour mandatory layover, reclaimed the lead and was the first to leave the Cripple checkpoint, a mere 23 minutes ahead of runner up Mitch Seavey. Cripple marks the halfway point of the Iditarod, and with less than 500 miles to Nome, speculations on the next Champion are mounting.



Mitch Seavey
John Baker


Aaron Burmeister






Kristy Berington

Anna Berington


Kristy and Anna Berington have reached the Ophir checkpoint and are in 50th and 49th place respectively.




2012 Iditarod - On the Trail, March 7th

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After the 24 hour mandatory break, the leader board gets reshuffled. Martin Buser and his son Rohn Buser left the checkpoint of Takotna Wednesday morning, where Aliy Zirkle is still resting.


Arriving at Ophir later in the day, Martin Buser is in 1st position, followed by Rohn and Jim Lanier. Trent Herbst, who recently moved to Anchorage, rounds out the top 4.

Canadian Musher Michelle Phillips checked into Takotna in 17th place, a few minutes behind Deedee Jonrowe.

Martin Buser


Rohn Buser
Trent Herbst

Jim Lanier




Michelle Phillips
Kristy Berington



Kristy Berington and twin sister Anna
are in 42nd and 41st place, taking their layover in Takotna.




2012 Iditarod - March 6th

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Aliy Zirkle is holding on to the lead on the third day of the race by a very narrow margin. John Baker, the defending Iditarod Champion, is within sight of the current leader as they both leave the Nikolai checkpoint.

John Baker

Aliy Zirkle




Matt Giblin
Jim Lanier's Dogs

Paul Gebhardt


Paul Gebhardt's arrival into Nikolai earns him the 7th position, ahead of Dallas Seavey and Ray Redington Jr.

Ray Redington Jr.




2012 Iditarod - March 5th

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Musher Aliy Zirkle took the lead, leaving Rohn late evening with all 16 dogs. She is followed by Kelley Griffin in second place, and Jeff King in third. Ed Stielstra, on his way to Yentna, is followed by 3 other Mushers on his heels.

Ed Stielstra


Aliy Zirkle




Kelley Griffin


Jeff King

Mitch Seavey





2012 Iditarod - On the Trail, March 4th

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Iditarod 40 is now well under way as the 66 teams left Willow on Sunday, March 4th. Ray Redington Jr. wearing bib number 2, breaks trail on the first day.


Anna Berington joins her twin sister Kristy in the 2012 Iditarod.

Anna Berington


Kristy Berington

Jim Lanier and Jodi Bailey


Deedee Jonrowe





Hank Debruin



Aliy Zirkle









Dan Seavey


Karen Ramstead


Late in the evening, Dan Seavey and Silvia Furtwängler ride into the sunset, followed by Karen Ramstead.




2012 Iditarod Race Start - March 3rd

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The 2012 Iditarod has officially started on Saturday morning when the 66 Mushers led their dog teams down 4th Avenue during the Ceremonial race start. This year, some heavy snow was part of the event, but the weather did not deter the estimated 5000 fans from attending and cheering their favorite teams. Several Iditarod icons are among the participants including Lance Mackey, DeeDee Jonrowe, Jeff King and Martin Buser.

Lance Mackey

Heavy Snow



Kristy Berington and Anna

Anna Berington


Iditarod 40 welcomes rookie mushers such as Travis Cooper of Big Lake and Anna Berington of Kasilof. The Berington name may not be unfamiliar to the avid Iditarod followers. Indeed, Kristy Berington, now a veteran musher, is Anna's twin sister.



The 2012 Iditarod also sees the return of Jim Lanier, famous for his all white dog team, as well as Karen Ramstead and her beautiful Siberian Huskies.

Jim Lanier





The Seavey family embodies a long tradition and passion for the Iditarod as 3 generations of Mushers participate in the 2012 race: Dan Seavey, Mitch Seavey and the young Dallas.

Dan Seavey

Mitch Seavey


Dallas Seavey









Iditarod History


The Mushers of the Iditarod race over 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.
The sled dog race commemorates an historic event of 1925, when 20 dog teams rescued the town of Nome stricken by a diphtheria epidemic, by relaying precious serum 674 miles in just 27 hours (see map). Due to severe winter conditions, the serum could not be flown by airplane.

Today, the race lasts approximately 9 to 12 days. As of 2011, John Baker holds the title for the fastest Iditarod Winner by finishing the race in 8 Days 18 Hours 46 Minutes.





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