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In ’15, a Unique Race Season

Aaron Burmeister at the Ceremonial Start, Iditarod 2014

Race season rolls on in Alaska.

As these words hit paper (and the web), we’re between two of the long-distance competitions that most excite our region: Iron Dog and the Iditarod.

The former is the world’s longest race for snowmachines (snowmobiles); its course of more than 1,000 miles winds through the Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Fairbanks with a mid-race stopover in Nome. As we do each year, KNOM covered the Iron Dog during its running in late February; the competition always includes at least a few hometown favorites from our region.

This month (March), the Iditarod Trail Sled-Dog Race comes to Alaska, and per usual, we’ll provide coverage from Nome and the race trail. The trail will be substantially different this year, with the official start moved from Anchorage to Fairbanks because of poor trail conditions (especially insufficient snow) in the Anchorage area.

Our coverage of these races captures not only the vastness of our state but, even more importantly, the imagination and pride of our listeners. It means a lot. We’ll have more about the Iditarod in future issues, but for now, thank you — and keep an eye on our Iditarod 2015 online coverage for more.