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“Winter party in anchorage!”

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Ranked #24 of 226 things to do in Anchorage
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 30, 2013

There's nothing else like it! Bring lawn chairs and park your butts on Cordova st or many other vantage points' there are tailgate parties in various places
But Cordova st is an excellent place to hang during the race.
It's not just a race it's a celebration, and it usually coincides with the fur rondy carnival.
Lots of dogs racers and colorful characters abound. Family friendly, great for everyone. If you're looking for a great winter break this is it.

Thank Terry T
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you like dogs, you will love watching the ceremonial start of the Iditerod in Anchorage. Downtown gives you a taste of Alaska culture, futher down the track along the Chester Creek trail is a more intimate look with great photo opportunities.

1  Thank Diane G
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

How much more Alaskan can you get? You can go down and watch the ceremonial start in Anchorage as it winds itself through the city with the mushers coming within inches of you. They will even give a high five as they go by. Then on Sunday, head North a couple of hours to Willow and watch the official start of the race. You can stand along the trail on any number of the lakes the race goes through. People make a day of it with firepits right on the ice. There are BBQ's going on all over the place. A great place to take the family and watch the dogs.

1  Thank AlaskanRedSox
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I took a friend from out of town. Saw the previous post about feeling sorry for the dogs. Being a lifelong Alaskan myself, I just wanted to clarify the life of a sled dog. Especially as my in laws have raced sled dogs before. They are made to live outside. Even where I live in Fairbanks, sled dog breeds want to be out of doors. They grow a thick undercoat that keeps them warm along with the insulation of their house, straw and the HIGH protein foods they consume.
The dogs LIVE to run! They will RUN until they can't move and then do it again as soon as they can, because that is their PASSION in life! They LOVE it. Just as some humans love athletics and train to be the best, these dogs LOVE LOVE it! The whining --- that is them BEGGING to run, to go faster to get moving! If you want to more, ask them about how the musher decides to put each dog in its position in the line....it's based on the dogs abilities and desires! VISIT this place!

3  Thank Tami S
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I wanted to enjoy this, the mushers were very cordial and the dogs were beautiful. But the dogs in the sprint races looked unhappy and tired, lots of whining and pitiful sounds.

Thank George3702
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