This year's Iditarod Dog sled race

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DKR, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Since I went and put up some dog cart photos, here some stuff on the world's longest, and toughest race. (Frozen)Hell, the warm up race is is 1000 miles long.

    First - the Iditarod.
    ( for the why.

    The race pits man and animal against nature, against wild Alaska at her best and as each mile is covered, a tribute to Alaska’s past is issued. The Iditarod is a tie to — a commemoration of — that colorful past.
    The Iditarod Trail, now a National Historic Trail, had its beginnings as a mail and supply route from the coastal towns of Seward and Knik to the interior mining camps at Flat, Ophir, Ruby and beyond to the west coast communities of Unalakleet, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain and Nome. Mail and supplies went in. Gold came out. All via dog sled. Heroes were made, legends were born.
    In 1925, part of the Iditarod Trail became a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken Nome. Diphtheria threatened and serum had to be brought in; again by intrepid dog mushers and their faithful hard-driving dogs.
    Balto was the hero dog from that event in 1925.

    The race starts March 3, 2012.
    Follow along on the Internet
    Race Broadcasts

    It won't be long before the Iditarod air force takes of to support the race.

    Once the the ceremonial start is over, it's race on!


    Ya, looks like fun, eh?

    Don't forget 3 March and much of the coverage is now streamed live on the net.
    Or, you could come up - (spend some money here) and watch for yourself!
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  2. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I've been to the HQ's over in Wasilla...Cool place...and..
    Out to The Rebel's Roost...One of the stopping point's...
  3. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    back in the day

    When the race first started (prior ot he TV money showing up) all the comms were handled via amateur radio. Blessed by the FCC BTW.

    Now, they have portable satcom links the size of a small PC and they stream live video back to Anchorage.
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