Iditarod Mushers Begin Sled-Dog Race Through Alaska Wilderness

Iditarod Mushers Begin Sled-Dog Race Through Alaska Wilderness

On Monday marked the beginning of the annual Sled-Dog Race through the wilderness of Alaska and mushers from all over world gathered at Alaska so as to take part in it.

This year’s event saw the mushers start off from Fairbanks, a route which has never been used before in the race, in sub zero temperatures.

The Sled- Dog race, which is nearly 1,000-mile, typically takes more than nine days for it to be completed by the mushers. That said the event in itself commemorates a rescue mission which was carried out back in 1925 that saw sled-dogs delivering diphtheria serum to the Nome, a Bearing Coastal Community.

This year’s event will also mark the first time that mushers will not be using one of the races traditional routes given that it was deemed unsafe by the organizers of the event. Instead the organizers of the event came up with an alternative route which will see the mushers start the race at Fairbanks from the Willow.

According to Dallas Seavey, the events current champion who will be defending his championship in this year’s event, the change in route which was done by the event organizers offer all mushers who will be participating in this year’s event with a level playing field.
"You're not really sure how fast the race is going to be, considering the change," Seavey said. "It's going to require mushers to have a lot of confidence in themselves and their dog teams."

This year’s sled-dog race saw a total of 78 mushers taking part and each of them had a dozen dogs.


Flickr Photos

Most Viewed

Mother Dolphins Sing Their Name to Their Young in the Womb

It was discovered that mother dolphins sing their name to their young in the womb in a recent research conducted in Denver. It was proven that humans are not the sole creatures who can speak to her baby inside the womb. Dolphins make use of their unique whistle to communicate with their infant. This…

Read More

Cincinnati Zoo -Why was the Silverback Gorilla killed?

If you have had an internet connection or ears this past week, you will have heard at least something about a particularly sad series of events in Cincinnati, Ohio. It occurred at the Cincinnati zoo, and resulted in the death of the silverback gorilla named Harambe. It began when a 3 year-old child…

Read More

Whales Breach in English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.

It is an unexpected and thrilling occurrence to see whales breach and a frightening sight if you are in a kayak at the same time. This is exactly what happened in English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada when whales were seen breaching in the same area as local kayakers. Captain Michael Sack was near…

Read More

The World’s Biggest Pig – 1984 pounds

Generally pigs and other such animals don’t grow more than the average age, height and the weight for their species. However, extraordinary results can happen if the owner of the animal takes care of it properly and provides good quality food. Here is an example of a pig that belongs to a…

Read More

Australia's project to save the Tasmanian Devil

The governments of Australia and Tasmania, together with some non-profit charities have come together to work on a program to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction. The marsupial is at the peril of extinction due to a rare and infectious cancer disease that has spread throughout the population…

Read More

Recent Posts

  • Three Breakfast Casseroles Perfect For Sunday Brunch

    Casseroles are a perfect way to get up on a Sunday morning. With simple ingredients mixed in your crockpot overnight, to a burst of heavenly aroma in the morning, you are sure to be on a roll every morning. Here are three casseroles you should try. Breakfast Enchiladas Enchiladas should not be…

  • Pole Dancing Is an Excellent Way to Exercise and Lose Weight

    Pole dancing has increasingly become a more popular health and wellness program, especially among women. And why not? In a single class session, it is possible to burn as many as 250 calories, which is likely just as many calories as you would burn in a single gym session. Pole dancing isn't…

  • What are the greatest dangers to Australian marsupials?

    Marsupials are a class of mammals living mainly in the Australian continent. They include kangaroos, the koala, wombats, the Tasmanian devil, etc. Several species of the marsupials are presumed to be extinct while many other taxa have declined in abundance and range. Marsupial declines have occurred…

  • Two capybaras escape Toronto zoo

    On Tuesday, May 24, 2 newly introduced capybaras made a bold getaway from the High Park Zoo in Toronto. Throughout their crazy dash to freedom, the tropical critters left a solitary capybara in the pen, which was obviously not party to their escape plans. The tale of two hairy fugitives on the lam…

  • Three animal heroes that have received medals

    Medals are not only awarded to human beings; animals are also awarded with medals for many reasons. Sometimes, the government of a country bestows medals and sometimes, these medals are given by international organizations to animals for exemplary behaviour. Here are a few animals who have received…

Top 5 Posts