Iditarod Day!


The ceremonial start of the Iditarod, combined with Fur Rondy, is a big deal in downtown Anchorage. Streets are shut down to traffic and overflow with pedestrians cheering for their favorite teams, tail-gating, and generally having a grand time.

Here are a couple of my favorite moments from today:

  • Watching a father use the slippery street to teach his daughter to moonwalk
  • The kids running onto the trail to collect discarded dog booties
  • The mushers high-fiving the crowd as they cruised by
  • All the awesome doggy athletes; they look so happy when they run!
  • The little girl wearing a dog tail in honor of the racers
  • Making friends with a six month old English bulldog named Maggie (Grover’s new lady-love)
  • The mutual adoration between crowd, mushers, and dogs
  • Topping off the day with a glass of bubbly and good friends

Best of all, it was a sunshiny, blue-sky day. We reveled in the warm weather and good times. It was an Iditarod day to remember.

Author: Gretchen Fauske

I love Anchorage. I love what it is, what it's been, and what I dream it will be. I share my adventures with DJ (my husband), my fabulous family and friends, two frenchies named Grover and Teddy, and now, all of you. If you love Anchorage too, get in touch - guest posts are welcome!