BLM Hosts Iditarod Ceremonial Start 2011
A Colossal BLM Annual Event at Campbell Tract
|The view from the Anchorage Field Office of Campbell Tract and the airstrip during the Iditarod Ceremonial Start. Photo by Vanessa Rathbun|
|Going over the logisitcs with employees and volunteers. Photo by Gerry Minick.||BLM craftsmen make hundreds of wooden plaques for the volunteers. Photo by Vanessa Rathbun.||Crews set up the parking lot and public viewing areas. Photo by Sean Porter.||Welcome! Photo by Vanessa Rathbun||Look at the dogs go! Photo by Vanessa Rathbun|
More than 3,000 people attended the ceremonial start of 2011 Iditarod Race, held this year at BLM’s Campbell Tract in Anchorage. Hundreds of people gathered at the Campbell Creek Science Center, Campbell Airstrip Trailhead, BLM Road entrance. Nearly 700 rode on the three shuttle buses.
Preparations began months in advance and involved planners, facilities staff, Job Corps students, winter recreation specialists, volunteer trail groomers, and many others. Some tasks involved operating forklifts, snow shoveling, leasing equipment, stocking supplies, creating signs, setting up bus stops, coordinating, publicity, moving and parking traffic, and safety and security.
The snow trails were meticulously groomed for easy access by wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and baby strollers. This made Campbell Tract one of the best fully accessible locations to view the mushers and dogs up close and personal.
Volunteers from ‘Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center’ greeted and directed visitors to prime viewing locations on the trails. They also offered fun games, warmth, and refreshments indoors.
– Jorjena Daly, Outdoor Recreation Planner firstname.lastname@example.org