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Friday, January 04, 2008

Iditarod and Rondy 

Things are starting to warm up in Alaska and I'm not referring to the climate. Each year the Alaskans have fun in the snow, beginning with the Rondy in February. Visitors from all around the world descend on Anchorage for this annual celebration, February 22 through March 2, 2008, which grew out of a fur rendezvous for traders. It now includes many events, including a native arts market, snow sculptures, a grand parade and for the first time, the running of the reindeer. The Rondy also includes the World Championship Sled Dog Races.
Robert Sorlie and Iditarod team near Nome, photographed by ra64Then comes the famous Iditarod, which is the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, it is kicked off from the Rondy at the beginning of March and this year is to start on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Mushers and their dog teams race over a 1,151 mile (1,853 km) route, taking aound one or two weeks, to complete the grueling and highly competative challenge. Read more about the Iditarod.

Creative Commons License Creative Commons Attribution iconCreative Commons Share Alike icon The image is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License (cc-by-sa-2.0).

It was taken by ra64 at Farley's camp, about 3 miles east of the Nome finish line. The musher is identified in Flickr tags and photostream as Norwegian Robert Sørlie (Sorlie) in the 2007 Iditarod sled dog race.

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