Sled-Dog Racing in Nome
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The end of the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race—the Olympics of sled-dog racing—happens in the heart of Nome each March. Racers start in Willow, about 90 miles north of Anchorage, for a cold, snowy, self-supported trip. The standing record for the 1,049 mile winter journey was set in 2011: John Baker and his lead dogs, Velvet and Snickers, finished in an astounding eight days, 18 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds. The arrival of the exhausted yet excited mushers and their super-athlete dogs heralds a winter carnival in downtown Nome. Visitors travel from around the state and world to partake in these festivities. Nome, AK. Iditarod Trail Committee. For sled dog race dates, starting times and viewing locations, and anything else relating to "The Last Great Race," contact the Iditarod Trail Committee. 907/376–5155 Ext. 108. www.iditarod.com.