The Three Big Alaska Dog Races
Alaska Dog Races during Alaska’s deep winter months of January, February and March represent a unique and important part of Alaska’s colorful history. Starting early in January there are many sled dog races across the state. My three favorite are the Yukon Quest, Fur Rendezvous, and the Iditarod.
Iditarod: The Last Great Race
Would you have what it takes to traverse 1,000 miles with only your dogs, small provisions and your sheer determination? The Iditarod has grown from the dream of Joe Redington in 1973 to “The Last Great Race” – 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, with a purse of $70,000 + a new Dodge pickup for the winner.
There are 73 racers for the 2017 race. Ceremonial start will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4th in Anchorage. The mushers will race 11 miles through Anchorage, then pack up their dogs and sleds and travel to Fairbanks where they will prepare for the beginning of the real race. Official race will start on Monday, March 6th at 10 a.m.
The Iditarod fun begins after months or even years of preparation that racers and dogs have put into this grueling race. Want to learn more about the sport – visit one of the many kennels in the area. One I have enjoyed is Dream a Dream Dog Farm
Anchorage Fur Rendevous
Hailed as the No. 1 Winter carnival in the world by National Geographic Traveler, The Fur Rondy, as locals call the celebration, has something for everyone! Beginning Thursday, February 23rd and running for ten days straight into the Iditarod, Fur Rondy has something for everyone. Find fur sales, carnivals, running with the reindeer, and sprint sled dog races covering 25 miles for three days in Anchorage, there is sure to be an activity for all.
Yukon Quest – 1,000 Mile International Race
The 2017 Yukon Quest Dog Race started February 4, 2017, in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, and will finish in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. This grueling race begins just one month before the 1,000 + mile Iditarod Race in Alaska. The Yukon Quest follows the famous Yukon Gold Rush Trail in the dead of winter giving its nickname, “The Toughest Sled Dog Race in the World”. The race will take from about eight to 14 days to complete. More information on this race is available at Yukon Quest.
Need the perfect log cabin to stay in for these dog mushing activities? Try the log cabins at Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast of course!