Coming March 5, 2016. Mush! The acclaimed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is approaching! Started in 1973 to commemorate the part that sled dogs played in the settlement of Alaska, the event travels the northern route this year (even numbered year) from Anchorage to Nome. The race takes from 9 to 12 days and covers a symbolic figure of 1,049 miles, a number first used in the very early years of the Iditarod: 1,000 miles of trail and 49 to identify Alaska as the 49th state. The teams average 16 sled dogs that require a tremendous 10,000 kcal daily! This year, 86 teams will be competing in “The Last Great Race on Earth” for more than $700,000 in prize money. A bucket-list-worthy event to see!