On Thursday, it was an enthusiastic send-off for sled dog teams and mushers as they left the start line of the Kobuk 440.
The 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race saw more than 70 teams make the 1,000-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome, traversing Alaska’s vast wilderness. Thanks to you, we covered the race for our listeners, just as we’ve done since its inception in 1973.
When a dog team passes under the Burled Arch at the end of the Iditarod, the work does not end. The team is then escorted to the official dog lot where their next task begins, recuperation.
Norway’s Joar Leifseth Ulsom led the large contingent of Scandinavian mushers into Nome on Tuesday, finishing in 6th place.
It’s the beginning of “race season” in Western Alaska: the sled dog and snowmachine races that traverse, and fascinate, our state. In January, we covered the Kuskokwim 300.
Mitch reflects about his experience helping out with sled dogs.
September’s episode of Story49 features Sue Steinacher’s tale of a mushing trip to Russia that didn’t quite go as planned.
Two dogs were injured—one fatally—in the attack before the bull muskox was killed in what officials call a clear case of “defense of life or property.”
It was an adventure that she describes as one of the most incredible highlights of her year of service. In April, news volunteer Francesca Fenzi hit the trail for a sled dog race that offers a unique look of what makes rural Alaska so special.
Check out our gallery of photos from the finish of this year’s Kobuk 440 sled dog race.