Extreme sled dog race in Alaska (part 2)

By | November 29, 2020

This year’s race kicked off on March 5. The 1,570km long race stretches from the Willow to Nome region of Alaska, shorter than the previous races (1,850km). However, the musher said that the organizers did not calculate correctly, the actual race must be close to 1,700km.

Alaskan native twin sisters Anna and Kristen Berington join the race. Anna has taken part in this casual men’s race several times, while for Kristen it was the first time.

The resting moment of an Alaskan dog in the first half of the race. He still looks very energetic. But when the race has passed the 700km mark, the stamina of these racing dogs will be really tested.

The sled dogs have 2 typical characteristics: endurance and high speed. Endurance is the pull. According to the regulations of dog trainers in the cold zone, the stamina of the sled dog is calculated as the ability to pull cars over the distance from 8-129 km / day, even more. The speed of the dogs in bad weather can also be up to 11km / h. In fact, a herd of sled dogs can cross a distance of 145km in 24 hours, each pulling a weight of up to 39kg.

To prepare for the race, the Alaskan light transport fleet was mobilized to transport dogs, luggage, food … to serve 66 racing teams to the gathering points.

Dallas Seavey racer became the winner of the 2014 Iditarod Trail Dog Race in a dramatic finish. A storm blew the frontman away and Seavey reached the finish line with record velocity. This race is a puzzlement given the extreme conditions as lack of snow has resulted in many injuries. Dogs and racers bravely traverse 1,600km of challenging Alaskan terrain and fortunately a few photographers have given us glimpses of this unbelievably long journey. .