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“Exciting but you need the proper perspective”

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Ranked #23 of 224 things to do in Anchorage
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ALEXANDRIA
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Exciting but you need the proper perspective”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We had a great time waiting for the race to start. Free hot chocolate by local Christian group, children looking eagerly for the next sled to pass pulled by strong, eager dogs wearing signs for good causes but it is a dangerous if not deadly sport for man and dogs. Spain has bullfights. Alaska has the Iditarod.

Visited February 2013
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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“A unique and fun event”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

I went to the Iditarod (ceremonial start in Anchorage) for the first time this year and it was really a unique and fun event. Although it is not the "real" start of the race, it is a chance to see the sleds and the dogs up close. Anchorage does a fairly good job of putting together the events related to the race and fur rondy together so that you can enjoy the activities for both. I would highly recommend this to visitors. It's a once in a lifetime kind of thing!

Visited March 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“What an experience”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I'm new to Alaska, and never really followed the Iditarod. But wow, what an experience.

I went to both the ceremonial start in Anchorage, and the official start in Willow. Both were fun, but different. Either option gives you an opportunity to get close to the mushers and dogs, and take great pictures.

Anchorage has more vendors and side shows, but is easy to get to.

Willow has more energy/excitement, but it a two hour drive from Anchorage.

Both were worth the time to go see.

Visited March 2013
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Rockhampton
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9 reviews
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“The dogs are so happy and excited”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Well worth walking the streets before the race and meeting the mushers but be sure to get a decent spot to take photos. We expected them to all just take off however the introduce and let them go one at a time. Lots of photo opportunities as well as getting to know about each musher. The dogs are very funny to watch. For anyone who is worried about how they are treated, these dogs are some of the best looked after and you can see how much they love their mushers and trainers. Don't miss the running of the reindeer. Well worth it and much more entertaining to watch.

Visited March 2013
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Alta Loma
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185 reviews
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“great preview of the iditerod”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

there is a preview of this great race in the town of anchorage the day before. In fact there is a two week carnival called fur rondy. there is outhouse races, fireworks, a run with the reindeer, snow sculpturing amd a chance to see te muchers and their sleddogs.

Visited March 2013
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