Glacier National Park in Montana

Everything you want to know about the Iditarod

Iditarod?

Well maybe not the one you're thinking of, but in this part of the country, dog sledding and races are quite popular.  In the past, visitors from 11 U.S. states and Canada participate.  Polebridge is the site for dog sled races and in March of 2006, my wife and I joined the festivities.  The picture at right is my bride mushing a (small) team of Huskies across the frozen tundra.  Below are other pictures from the March races.

NOTE:  The "Alaskan" Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a 1,150 mile trek involving some of the most extreme and picturesque terrain known to man.  Dogs and their musher cross mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coastline to participate.

The Root Beer Classic dog sled race is usually held on the weekend closest to New Year's Day.

Dog sled race

Related links

  • Montana Mountain Mushers is a non-profit Montana organization which supports and promotes the informed and humane use of sled dog teams for work, transportation, pleasure, and sport. The organization provides information about running dogs and aspects associated with dog mushing to mushers and the general public.
     
  • The town of Iditarod in Alaska  was named after the Iditarod River. Iditarod comes from the Athabascan word Haiditarod. Iditarod was the site of an Athabascan village or part-time camp before 1900.  The Iditarod Trail supply route and the Iditarod dogsled race were named after the Iditarod mining district. Iditarod is now a ghost town.  Read more from Wikipedia!

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