The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race in Alaska run on what’s known as the Iditarod Trail. It is the longest annual sled dog race in the world. The length of the trail is usually around 1,000 miles. The trail varies but traditionally runs between the Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Nome. Racers, known as mushers, race with a team of 14 sled dogs that pull their dogsled. The winner of the race usually finishes in eight or nine days. Mushers stop at checkpoints along the way to rest, gather supplies, treat injuries, or repair damage to their sled, and veterinarians are posted at checkpoints throughout the trail to care for injured dogs. Many dogs have died during the Iditarod. The Iditarod is nicknamed The Last Great Race. When is the Iditarod? The Iditarod begins each year on the first Saturday in March. The 2021 Iditarod begins on March 6. The 2022 Iditarod is scheduled to start on March 5, 2022.
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