Iditarod 2022!

The Iditarod race restart begins today at 5:30 pm ET from Willow, Alaska.

This year’s is a landmark race, being number 50! For all news Iditarod, here is the link to their official website.

Home – in season

The traditional start of the race was yesterday in Anchorage. From Anchorage.net:

The traditional Iditarod course begins on Fourth Avenue at D Street and runs all the way to Campbell Creek Science Center. Onlookers get a close-up view of the teams. Spectators flock to the start line downtown or stake out a spot further down the 11-mile route through Anchorage.

After a restart at Willow the following day, Iditarod mushers and their dogs battle the elements and test their own limits across the trail. The course stretches approximately 1,000 miles, from Southcentral Alaska to the town of Nome.

Lead dogs on the team of Louie Ambrose run during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. The competitive portion of the 1,000-mile race is scheduled to begin Sunday in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Dan Joling) ORG XMIT: RPDJ11

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3 Responses to Iditarod 2022!

  1. weather257 says:

    Tuned in just in time to see the final 5 starters…those dogs are HYPED!!
    Thanks Stella!

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  2. The Tundra PA says:

    AND THEY’RE OFF!

    Thanks for linking once again to The Greatest Sport on Earth’s GREATEST EVENT, Stella! Last year’s Iditarod was so weird with the out-and-back trail that avoided Native communities, and with Aliy Zirkle’s horrid injury that caused her to scratch (the only time she did in 20 years of running this race) that I just lost my enthusiasm for following it. For once, I just didn’t care who won, because it didn’t seem like a “real” Iditarod. This year the race is back to it’s normal trail route (the Northern route since it is an even year) and some things have settled down. The Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) is going to ridiculous lengths to be politically COVID correct. Anyone involved with the race in any capacity (mushers, volunteers, vets, even Iditariders) must be vaxxed. Supposedly all mushers, handlers, volunteers and race fans at the Restart were to be masked, but I was delighted to see that quite a few people refused to wear the useless face diapers. Good on ’em!

    Neither my friends Aliy nor her husband Allen Moore are running the race this year. She had planned for 2021 to be her final Iditarod before retiring. I wondered if Allen would continue running their dogs, but no. I wondered if Aliy would sign up for one more year after scratching last year, but no. She had a pretty serious closed head injury when she was thrown from the sled and hit her head so hard on the ice that she was unconscious for about 30 minutes–all alone in the wilderness at sub-zero temperatures. She also dislocated her shoulder. When she came to, the dogs were in a tangle not far away (thankfully) and somehow she managed to get to them, get them sorted, and get to the next checkpoint–with one good arm–where she quit the race and was flown back to Anchorage for emergency care. She suffered severe headaches, nausea, and light/sound sensitivity for months afterward. I have not heard from her recently to know how her recovery is going now that she is a year out.

    Mushers that I know personally and am watching and routing for this year are Pete Kaiser from Bethel (2019 Iditarod Champion); Bridgett Watkins from Fairbanks (Allen Moore’s daughter); Josh McNeal, currently from Fairbanks but previously from the Kenai Peninsula near my home; Jeff King, 4 time Iditarod Champion and winner of many Kusko 300 races out in Bethel where I used to live; both Seaveys, Dallas and Mitch, who are both winners of multiple previous Iditarods. I like Mitch a lot, but Dallas is an arrogant egotistical jerk. Every musher I know says “ABD!” (anybody but Dallas). I’d most love for Pete Kaiser to win this one.

    Much of Southcentral and Interior Alaska are having a warm spell right now, and the Restart earlier today showed that. People with no hats or gloves and even wearing short sleeves were everywhere. The temps have been at or above freezing for the last week or more. That will change as the race heads up to Rainy Pass, crossing the Alaska Range. Snow conditions are very good–there is LOTS of it! Trails are in great shape for the first half of the race. It would be nice if that continues, but you just never know. It’s all part of what makes this the Last Great Race On Earth. If the Stellars are interested, I’m happy to provide commentary. Picture me with a great big grin on my face. It’s Iditarod Time!

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