The Iditarod Sled Dog Race®
The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is one of the most unique competitive events in the world! Mushers and dog teams are put to the test as they navigate over some of the roughest and most beautiful terrain Alaska has to offer while surviving harsh weather conditions. From Anchorage to Nome, each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover more than 1,150 miles in about two weeks.
The race is a tribute to the Iditarod National Historic Trail, which had its beginnings as a mail and supply route from the coastal towns of Seward and Knik to Interior mining camps during the Gold Rush era.
Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race
The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race covers 1,000 miles between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and Fairbanks, Alaska, each February. The Yukon Quest Trail follows historic Gold Rush and mail delivery routes. Teams of one musher and 14 canine athletes travel for two weeks, racing through mountain passes and over frozen rivers, enduring high winds and below freezing temperatures, while traversing some of the last pristine frontier remaining in North America.
Copper River Basin 300, Sled Dog Race
The Copper Basin 300 is a mid-distance sled dog race that starts and finishes in Glennallen the second Saturday of every January. The event covers 300 miles through the greater Copper River Valley, where mushers and their teams experience stream and river crossings, overflow, and traverse steep mountain passes. It's also a qualifying race for those wishing to enter the Iditarod or Yukon Quest.
Sheep Mountain 150 Sled Dog Race
The race starts and finishes at Sheep Mountain Lodge, located at Milepost 113.5 on the Glenn Highway. The race is composed of three 50-mile legs with two layovers. Contact the Sheep Mountain Lodge for details and more information.