Monday, March 7, 2011
Iditarod 2011 is underway
The Iditarod dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska started yesterday. As always, the ceremonial start took place in Anchorage the day before the official start in Willow. They left Willow yesterday and will travel the southern route since this is an odd numbered year.
For those not familiar with the race (which was the reason this Blog was created in March 2009), here is a post from back then about four-time winner Susan Butcher with an accompanying video about Susan and the Last Great Race on Earth.
You can follow the race, by using the link to the Iditarod website (above) or click on the website of the Anchorage Daily News.
Finally here is a map showing the checkpoints for the mushers on the way to Nome. Notice the southern route goes through the ghost town of Iditarod.
(Click to enlarge)