Iditarod Dog Sled Race History

The race is the most popular sporting occasion in Alaska, and the top mushers and their teams of dogs are local celebrities; this reputation is credited with the resurgence of recreational mushing in the state since the 1970s.

While the annually field of more than fifty mushers and about a thousand dogs is still largely Alaskan, competitors from fourteen countries have completed the event including the Swiss Martin Buser, who became the primary international winner in 1992. The Iditarod received supplementary concentration outside of the state after the 1985 victory of Libby Riddles, a long shot who became the first woman to win the race. Susan Butcher became the second woman to win the race and went on to dominate for half a decade.

Print and television journalists and crowds of audience attend the traditional start at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and D Street in Anchorage and in smaller numbers at the checkpoints along the trail.

The Iditarod Trail toboggan Dog Race, in Alaska, where mushers and teams of naturally 16 dogs cover 1,161 miles (1,868 km) in nine to fifteen days from Willow (near Anchorage) to Nome. The race begins on the first Saturday in March (the 2010 race began on March 6). The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams, evolving into the highly spirited race it are today. The current best ever winning time record was set in 2002 by Martin Buser with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, 47 minutes, and 2 seconds.