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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-07-2009, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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Default Iditarod sled dog race starts tomorrow

Here's the home link for anyone interested.
http://www.iditarod.com/
Big event here in Alaska winter.
Ceremonial start in Anchorage Saturday.
I'l be at the re-start in Willow Sunday, as a volunteer.
Willow is the real start for the race, from here the teams are on their own to Nome. 1,049 miles (roughly). over 1,000 miles & the 49 is for Alaska being the 49th state.
This year should be real interesting, we've had more snow lately than the norm. The team with larger dogs may give the big race teams a run.
Part of the trail after the 1/2 way point got completely covered in feet of snow in a blizzard. More snow on the way. Has been windy & below zero on most of the trail.
Many musher from around the world, Canada, Norway & USA.
You can follow along online. See lots of winter pictures of Alaska.
Buser, King, Mackey & Jonrowe among the favorites, DeeDee Jonrowe usually among the top & she is there because she take real good care of her dogs (always a local favorite).
68 teams (16 dogs each) to start the race, many will scratch along the way.
Best time about 9 days. This year may be slow due to snow & weather.

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Ah yes...brings back memories. Lots of excitement and nobody in Nome is sober for five days.
Of course, come to think of it, I guess its ALWAYS like that in Nome. HA
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As a Barker, the Iditarod is always of interest to me.

I'm deeply impressed by the participants, both four- and two-legged.

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Is the Govenor going to be there? If so give her a big kiss for me. She won't know me for Adam , but I will get a thrill out of it.
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I'm tired, sore, back hurts, had very little sleep. I had no idea how much work the volunteers did to start the race. Miles of orange plastic fence, hundreds of buckets filled with snow & water added to freeze & hold fence posts. But it was fun. -2 deg F at 6AM (when we started setting up today) but got up to about 20. I was overdressed & had to shed some layers (working hard I guess). Met many folks from "outside" Alaska. Florida, Arizona, Souther California & more who come up, volunteer to help. (many been doing it for years)
16 port-a-poties out on Willow lake. I started dragging one with a snow machine & heard a guy yell. I stopped but he couldn't get out cause I had a strap around it to toe it. He has a memorable Iditarod experience. I did let him out but he know now to lock the door so the flag turns red so you know it is in use. (true)
thousands of spectators, crowd control,
over 1,000 dogs started the race, all barking & excited to go.
Then after the last musher left, tear it all down, haul it off the lake, load in big truck to go to the warehouse for use next year.
All the port-o-lets were much heavier to toe after the start, but no voices this time.
(Saturday from 9 am to 8 PM then Sunday from 6 AM to 8 PM for set up & tear down)
Any way, the mushers & dogs are officially "on the clock" now.

FYI:
http://www.iditarod.com/race/
on right side click "current standings"

Birch: I've never been to Nome but what I hear is like you said.
Ralph: Plan a trip some year, you'll have lots of fun.
John: No Gov this time, I'll try to remember when I see her.
(Our Governor is prettier than your governor)
My wife sees her at the school sometimes, her daughter in my Granddaughter's class

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. . . (Our Governor is prettier than your governor)
You can say that again! I live in New Mexico, so my Governor is Bill Richardson!

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I have very mixed feelings about the Iditarod, but nothing but the greatest admiration and respect for the participants, no matter how many legs they have, and as Bogydave reminds use, all the many behind the scene people who make it posible.

As for governors, I am from Illinois. Do I need to say more?
We have been reminded to keep politics out of the forum, so I will say nothing about the governor of Alaska.

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