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those living in the northern parts of the states specially Alaska know pretty well about iditarod cos every where you look there’s a sign of this race. i’m no exception.

yes gotta admit it’s fun and hell exciting to trace those sleds when you have nothing much to do but it gets quite annoying as you see papers with iditarod  news every day.

first of all lemme give a brief review on what exactly it is:

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually called the “Iditarod”, is an annual dog sled race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of dogs cover about 1,150 miles (1,852 km) in eight to fifteen days. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best dogsled mushers and teams, evolving into the highly competitive race it is today. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2002 by Martin Buser with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, and 2 seconds.[1]

Frequently teams race through blizzards causing whiteout conditions, and sub-zero weather and gale-force winds which can cause the wind chill to reach -100 °F (-75 °C). The trail runs through the U.S. state of Alaska. A ceremonial start occurs in the city of Anchorage and is followed by the official restart in Willow, a city in the southcentral region of the state. The trial proceeds from Willow up the Rainy Pass of the Alaska Range into the sparsely populated Interior, and then along the shore of the Bering Sea, finally reaching Nome in western Alaska. The teams cross a harsh but starkly beautiful landscape under the canopy of the Northern Lights, through tundra and spruce forests, over hills and mountain passes, and across rivers. While the start in Anchorage is in the middle of a large urban center, most of the route passes through widely separated towns and villages, and small Athapaskan and Inuit settlements. The Iditarod is regarded as a symbolic link to the early history of the state, and is connected to many traditions commemorating the legacy of dog mushing.

The race is arguably the most popular sporting event in Alaska, and the top mushers and their teams of dogs are local celebrities; this popularity is credited with the resurgence of recreational mushing in the state since the 1970s. While the yearly field of more than fifty mushers and about a thousand dogs is still largely Alaskan, competitors from fourteen countries have completed the event including the Swiss Martin Buser, who became the first international winner in 1992.

The Iditarod received more attention outside of the state after the 1985 victory of Libby Riddles, a long shot who became the first woman to win the race. Susan Butcher became the second woman to win the race, and went on to dominate for half a decade. Print and television journalists and crowds of spectators attend the start at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and D Streets in Anchorage, and in smaller numbers at the checkpoints along the trail.

(some fukcing picture here but doesn’t load!)Iditarod musher Cim Smyth booties up his team in preparation to leave the McGrath checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River on Wednesday morning March 7, 2007.

standings
rank musher (bib)
1 Lance Mackey (13)
2 Paul Gebhardt (10)
3 Ed Iten (30)
4 Mitch Seavey (20)
5 Cim Smyth (4)
6 Tollef Monson (75)
7 Ramey Smyth (8)
8 Zack Steer (7)
9 Jeff King (31)
10 Martin Buser (19)

Musher Stats           Veteran      Rookie      Female      Male      Total
Alaska                           43               15                   10        48          58
Other U.S.A.                   8                 9                  1           16          17
Other Countries             4                 3                  1            6            7
Total Active Mushers   55             27                   12         70        82
Withdrawn                     11              16                   6           21        27
Total Sign-Up                66             43                  18          91      109

hell boy                           0                   1                     0          1         0

and as far as i know they’ve passed Nikolia till now!

that’s the news for this time, i’m gonna try uploading some pics and updating what’s going on here while others in most part of the world are enjoying the spring!(early huh?)

and next Sunday gotta remind me to move my watch’s hands a bit forward. Fucking  DST!

*. for the iditarod map check here: http://bp2.blogger.com/_cYAS8d45hp8/Re-ZgZbwrAI/AAAAAAAAA4o/zYpNZTjsG8M/s1600-h/idatrod_route_southern.jpg

and for the news check here: http://www.iditarod.com/2007/

and to check what i’m up to check here

huh no link, well here means here! d’ahhh!

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