Iditarod Dogs Racing togetherBalladeer’s Blog welcomes my sister Rosemary as a guest commentator to share her enthusiasm for the upcoming Iditarod Race. She is a terrific Good Will Ambassador for the event and has gotten me and several other people into following the event each year.

Balladeer’s Blog will once again offer updates on the race as it progresses, complete with each competitor’s Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname. For instance four-time Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, known to my readers as “The Mad Musher”. Now over to Rosemary, after this reminder that the 2013 race will begin on March 3rd.

Rosemary: Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be alone in the Alaska wilderness…just you and maybe 18 well-trained sled dogs pulling your sled?  Well, I have.  I have been a fan and a follower of the Iditarod Race since the early 1990s and since around 2004 I’ve been able to virtually experience the thrills and spills of the race; admire the fortitude of the mushers and the excitement of the competition; watch the well-trained dogs excitedly and happily travel the approximately 1,200 miles;  and enjoy the beauty of Alaska.  Every year they have an auction where you can actually take a ride with one of the mushers entered to compete in the ceremonial start to the race…usually the day before the actual start.  THAT is number one on my Bucket List.  Everything else on my list pales in comparison.

Here is a taste of what the race involves, directly from their website:

“The race is really a reconstruction of the freight route to Nome and commemorates the part that sled dogs played in the settlement of Alaska. The mushers travel from checkpoint to checkpoint much as the freight mushers did eighty years ago—although some modern dog drivers like Doug Swingley, Martin Buser, Jeff King, Susan Butcher, and Rick Swenson move at a pace that would have been incomprehensible to their old-time counterparts, making the trip to Nome in under ten days.”

Please take a look at the website and I think you will fall just as much in love with this wonderful and historical commemoration of a part of Alaska’s great past as I have.

Click here: Iditarod | Last Great Race on Earth®


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  1. This really should be more popular! Nice to read about this dogsledrace

  2. Excellent read!! I enjoyed the little bits about what it would be like to ride in the race.

  3. This was a great article! I may actually follow the Iditarod this year !

  4. Good post! I didn;t knw they were still running the Iditarod!

  5. Do all of the Wozniaks have such superior writing skills?

  6. Very impressive! Nice to see this event get attnetion I didnt even no they still ran it

  7. Nice sport! Survival plus pets

  8. People need to know more about this fun event!

  9. vnguyen887

    Great Article. I wonder if the Palins participate? 🙂

  10. Nice article! Looking forward to the next iditarodd now!

  11. Joy

    This race really sounds awesome!

  12. I will definitely watch the iditarod this year!

  13. Very nicely put. I like this race too.

  14. You make the iditarod seem fun!

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