Each March teams of sled dogs take off from Willow, AK with visions of being the first to reach Nome, AK. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race, now in its 40th year, was begun to relive the history of a trail that was used by miners to reach the gold fields along the Bering Sea, and gained national exposure as teams relayed across the route to bring medicine to Nome to halt a diphtheria outbreak. While the trail has been replaced by planes, the dogs of the Iditarod Race keep alive the spirit of those early trailblazers. However the dogs today are well trained athletes bred to complete the 1,000 miles in 8-14 days. As the dogs and their mushers near Nome, the town comes alive to welcome the teams. Events are planned throughout the week to keep both spectators and mushers entertained. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve rangers will be offering a variety of programs. For a complete schedule of events click on a date below. Schedules will open as PDF documents.
Last updated: December 13, 2017