Having lived in Alaska for more than a half-dozen years and having fallen in love with dog mushing, I can tell you it is like any other sport. There are the honest, committed competitors and others (a very small percentage) who give the sport a bad name. Many mushers love their dogs more than humans. I now live “outside” but was lucky enough to escape back to Alaska for both the Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage and the official restart in Willow.
Many of the mushers I spoke with downtown beamed about their dogs as proudly as any parent of their children. A lot of love and care go into preparing these amazing animals for this 1,000-mile race.
There are many ways to follow the Iditarod from the warmth and comfort of your home, and here are a few for your reference.
The official site of the Iditarod: http://www.iditarod.com/
Anchorage Daily News: http://www.adn.com/iditarod/
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: http://www.newsminer.com/
Many of the mushers have blogs with friends/family members who update regularly throughout the race. You can easily find these by checking the Mushers Profiles on the Iditarod’s official website. For those of you who want to speak with someone and ask lots of questions – call the Iditarod Race HQ at (907) 248-MUSH (6874).