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The Iditarod dog sled race begins in Fairbanks

The Iditarod dog sled race begins in Fairbanks

Icon March 9, 2017
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Iditarod dog sledding race start
Start was moved to Fairbanks this year from usual starting point in Anchorage.

It is that time of year again — the Iditarod Race has begun! For the 3rd time, the famous race started

on the banks of the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska. About 70 hopeful mushers and their teams

departed on March 6 for a grueling race through the Alaskan wilderness.

 

Every year during this time guests flock to Alaska to share in the magic and excitement of dog

mushing. People from all over the world learn about the history of mushing as well as the sport. Races

such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest shine a spotlight on Alaska and it’s winter activities.

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Team heading through Fairbanks on the way to Nome

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A bucket list item for many people is to ride on a sled pulled by a team of athletic dogs or even mush a

team of their very own. 1st Alaska Tours is lucky enough to have our own musher, Sven Haltmann of

Arctic Winter Adventures, who can make this dream a reality for our guests. Sven is a 4 time Iditarod

veteran and has a wealth of knowledge about the sport and care of Alaskan huskies. While he is not

racing this year, he has a full team of dogs who are ready to take on the challenge.

 

Gallery of Sven’s Kennels and his happy sled dogs.

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